The late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's 'mythological chair' to be sold

Seat from which renowned rabbi led his weekly learning sessions could fetch 100,000 shekels to benefit Jewish learning center.

June 11, 2014 12:59
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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The chair from which the late renowned rabbi and scholar Ovadia Yosef led his weekly learning sessions is for sale and it could fetch a handsome six-figure sum.

The haredi news site Kikar Shabbat reported Wednesday that the chair had been transferred to a security company after it was feared that it would be stolen.  

According to Kikar Shabbat, which called the chair "mythological," it is being sold in order to support the learning center of Rabbi Yoseph Shraga that is housed in the late Yosef's Jerusalem synagogue. The learning center has hit financial difficulties and its management hopes that the chair's sale will prevent its closure, according to the report. 

The haredi site estimated the chair's value at 200,000 shekels but said it would likely be sold in the 100,000 shekel range.

(Photo: The late Rabbi Ovadia's Chair, Credit: Yishai Cohen, Kikar Shabbat) 

In August of last year more than 800,000 people attended the funeral of the renowned rabbi, Torah scholar and Shas spiritual leader who died at the age of 93.

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Yosef served as Sephardi chief rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983 and subsequently served as the spiritual guide of the Shas movement and political party.

Through Shas, Yosef exerted great influence over Israeli political and cultural life, with the party he led becoming an integral component of many Israeli governments and giving it tremendous power in the political system.

Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report.

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