Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

10/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'What will become of us? Who will lead us?' becomes rallying cry

Founding the ultra-orthodox Jewish party Shas in 1984, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef lent his support to marginalized Jews from the Middle East and Northern Africa. He has died at the age of 93 after complications with kidney surgery and a "total failure of body systems." More than 700,000 mourners clogged the streets of Jerusalem in Israel's largest funeral ever to honor the great man.

Founding the orthodox Jewish party Shas in 1984, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef lent his support to marginalized Jews from the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Founding the orthodox Jewish party Shas in 1984, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef lent his support to marginalized Jews from the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

10/8/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, funeral, Israel, Shas


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Thousands of police officers were called to control the crowds at his funeral procession. Twenty people have been reported injured in the procession.

With the streets cluttered, the best view was from up high. Not exchanging a word, the men clutch th

With the streets cluttered, the best view was from up high. Not exchanging a word, the men clutch their faces in despair.


Shas leader Arye Deri, now in opposition, wailed, "What will become of us? Who will lead us? Who will take his place?" Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in attendance made a statement expressing his "deep sorrow" for "wisest man."

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. It is the lar

Hundreds of thousands of ultra-orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. It is the largest funeral procession in the country's history according to police.


Police tried desperately to control the crowds clamoring to stand near the spiritual leader's body on the day of his death, as per Jewish tradition.

The procession began at 6 p.m. from the capital's Geula neighborhood and finished 1km away at the Sanhedriya cemetery, where he was buried.

The procession started in the district of Geula and ended at Sanhedriya cemetery.

The procession started in the district of Geula and ended at Sanhedriya cemetery.


Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was an arbiter of Halacha (Jewish law) and promoted rights for Jews emigrated from the Middle East and North Africa. Around 100 followers spent the night and day standing outside his ward in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem after doctors announced the situation was critical as they tried to control "a total failure of his body systems."
Family members and hospital officials made several pleas for well-wishers to not crowd the area, local media reported.

More than half a million of his followers attended the funeral, clambering over walls and buildings

More than half a million of his followers attended the funeral, clambering over walls and buildings to play their part in the ceremony bidding farewell to a leader many brand as irreplaceable.


Prior to his passing, Israeli President Shimon Peres visited Yosef's bedside at 11 a.m., cutting short a meeting with the Czech prime minister. Peres reportedly held Yosef's hand and said goodbye before saying a prayer outside the room.

His followers wail as they clamor to get near the body of the Iraqi-born sage. Yosef turned an Israe

His followers wail as they clamor to get near the body of the Iraqi-born sage. Yosef turned an Israeli underclass of Sephardic Jews of Middle Eastern heritage into a powerful political force.


When staff informed the supporters of his death, they wept and one woman fainted.

Arye Deri, leader of the ultra-religious Shas political party declared that "The sun has been extinguished. The whole day I waited to be able to tell you that we are taking him home healthy and well."

Desperate to glimpse their icon, boys climbed rooftops - the closest they could get as thousands swa

Desperate to glimpse their icon, boys climbed rooftops - the closest they could get as thousands swarmed the ground below.


Men young and old bowed their heads solemnly at the news. Many of Middle Eastern and African descent were thankful he celebrated their heritage.

Discover the true meaning of Christmas!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copywriter 2015 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2015
Universal:
That political responsibility may be lived at all levels as a high form of charity.
Evangelization: That, amid social inequalities, Latin American Christians may bear witness to love for the poor and contribute to a more fraternal society.



Comments


More Middle East

ISIS DOOMSDAY PLAN: Islamic State plans to invade India to draw United States into conflict Watch

Image of The document says that reparations for an attack on India are already underway, in  which ISIS leaders hope concludes with a war with the U.S.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A nefarious plot to draw the United States into armed conflict with Islamic State has been revealed in a top-secret document. In an attempt to bring about "the end of the world," the document states that ISIS will invade India in a bid to draw the U.S. into an all-out ... continue reading


Taliban leader, 'One-Eye' Mullah Omar confirmed dead Watch

Image of Mullah Mohammad Omar is confirmed to be dead according to the Afghan government.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Afghan government confirmed Taliban leader "One-Eye" Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years. The militant leader died "under mysterious circumstances" in a hospital in Karachi City in Pakistan in April 2013, according to Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, a ... continue reading


Australian reality TV stars 'shot at' by ISIS in Syria Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Australian public broadcaster, SBS defended the reality show where participants were shot at by ISIS militants in Syria. The incident was said to be a part of a trip retracing refugees' journeys and that those involved had wide security provisions. MUNTINLUPA, ... continue reading


'End of the world' ISIS document reveals terrorist group's world domination plan Watch

Image of

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A suspected ISIS recruitment document discovered in Pakistan's anarchic tribal lands revealed that the religious extremist group has ostentatious ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, in addition to triggering a war in India to provoke ... continue reading


STARVATION: One in two families in Yemen has no idea where their next meal is coming from Watch

Image of The problem is so severe, one in two of Yemen's people, or nearly 13 million struggle to find bread for their mouths.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

One of the greatest casualties of war is displaced civilian populations left without the necessities of life. In Yemen, nearly 4,000 people have been killed with more than 1.2 million people displaced. On ongoing battle between Houthi rebels and forces loyal to exiled ... continue reading


Iran's Assets Uncovered: Iran cash windfall from Iran nuclear deal estimated at $150 billion Watch

Image of Iran celebrates nuclear deal.

By Linky C. (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A total of $150 billion is estimated to be the amount Iran will receive from the Iran deal. This amount will provide the country more than the $124.3 billion the U.S. has given to Israel in total financial aid since 1948. MUNTINLUPA CITY, PHILIPPINES (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Refugee boy beaten for selling tissues at Turkish restaurant galvanizes nation Watch

Image of Ahmet's story is one of millions of Syrians. Forced to flee to Turkey because of his homeland's civil war, his family lives in a two-bedroom apartment without electricity and running water.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was a shocking incident that drew attention to the plight of millions of refugees living in host countries. Thirteen-year-old Ahmet Hamdo, whose large Syrian family fled the war-torn town of Aleppo, was beaten mercilessly by a Turkish restaurant owner for selling ... continue reading


ISIS leader sentences a woman to be beheaded as wedding present to cruel female Sharia judge Watch

Image of [Photo By: Jamie Wiseman/ Mail Online]

By Nikky Andres (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi personally sanctioned a women to be beheaded, as a wedding present to a brutal female "judge" in the terror group's feared religious police. The cruel woman asked to slaughter an unbelieving "infidel" in return for taking a new husband after the ... continue reading


Australian man anxious to fight against Islamic State - is detained and arrested Watch

Image of Jamie Reece Williams was in court in Melbourne after counter-terrorism officers charged him with preparing to enter a foreign country with the intention of engaging in hostile activities.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Australian authorities have clamped down a misguided attempt at heroism. Jamie Reece Williams, from suburban Melbourne was arrested after he allegedly try to fly to northern Iraq to join Kurdish forces battling Islamic State. It remains illegal for any Australian to ... continue reading


YOU WILL NOT TAKE MY HEAD! - Notorious ISIS executioner 'Jihadi John' now on the run from his former bosses Watch

Image of There are rumors that Jihadi John had been moved by ISIS to Libya, where he supposedly attended a terror training camp with Sousse gunman Seifeddine Rezgui.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

He was at one time the most visible and dreaded figure in the Islamic State terror group . now, "Jihadi John" has fled for his life, afraid that his ISIS overlords were planning to kill him with as much leniency mercy as he did captive journalists. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Numbers 11:4-15
4 The rabble who had joined the people were feeling ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 81:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
12 So I left them to their stubborn selves, to follow ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 14:13-21
13 When Jesus received this news he withdrew by boat ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 3rd, 2015 Image

St. Lydia Purpuraria
August 3: Lydia Purpuraria (1st century) was born at Thyatira (Ak-Hissar), ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter