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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

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Ovadia Yosef, born in 1920 in Iraq, is the founder and the spiritual leader of the Shas political party (currently Israel's fourth largest party in the Knesset), former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, a recognised Talmudic scholar and foremost halakhic authority.

Ovadia Yosef died on October 7th 2013. His funeral, largest in Israel's history, was attended by almost 800,000 people, according to the police (the headcount was taken by the helicopters overseeing the procession).

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