Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Yaakov Yosef
66-year-old Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, the eldest son of Sefardi haredi leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, has reportedly passed away at Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital after a long illness. Yaakov Yosef, who broke with his father and flirted with Chabad hasidut until he returned to his father's orbit several years ago. Yaakov Yosef held extremist right wing political views and was involved in many of the loonier right wing activities, including allegedly authorizing death curses against political opponents. Even so, he was considered an authority on halakha, Jewish law.