Ovadiah Yosef

Vote Shas and get a good verdict from Heaven?

Shaul Seidler-Feller
Sept. 18 2019 12:01AM

While feasting and intoxication on the holiday of Purim are discussed in the Talmud, costumes are not. Yet dressing up has been a standard practice. . .

March 4 2015 12:01AM

Since its establishment in the 1980s, the Mizrahi ultra-Orthodox party Shas has become a powerful player in Israeli politics. It presided over a religious revival. . .

Dec. 18 2014 12:01AM

Leviticus 18:3 commands “Like the practice of the land of Egypt where you have dwelled, you should not practice, and like the practices of the. . .

Jonathan Boyarin
Oct. 30 2014 12:01AM

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, who passed away this year aged ninety-three, combined magisterial scholarship and political acumen to become the power broker of Israeli politics.

Yehudah Mirsky
Nov. 22 2013 12:00AM

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s liberation of an entire family from the status of mamzerut (descent from forbidden relations) exemplifies the greatness of both his halakhic intellect. . .

Benjamin Lau
Oct. 11 2013 12:00AM

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef, who has died at the age of ninety-three, strove to unite Sephardi Jews not only politically but religiously, under a single halakhic banner. (2007)

Oct. 8 2013 12:00AM

Israeli society has only begun to have a serious conversation over what, if anything, the contemporary rabbinate is for.

Yehudah Mirsky
Aug. 23 2013 12:00AM

The machinations surrounding the upcoming election of Israel’s next chief rabbis show that the ultra-Orthodox are not the only religious group causing problems for the state. 

Yehudah Mirsky
July 11 2013 12:00AM