Baruch Dayan HaEmet: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Sefardi haredi supreme leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef passed away earlier today in a Jerusalem hospital. He was 93-years old.
Yosef, a former Sefardi haredi Chief Rabbi of Israel, was the founder and spiritual leader of the Sefardi haredi Shas political party.
Yosef was hospitalized several times over the past two months, most recently early two weeks ago when he placed on respirator and put into a medically-induced coma. He was eventually brought out of that coma and weaned off the respirator only to be put back on it over the weekend.
He suffered from both heart and kidney failure and had problems with other bodily systems. Yesterday he contracted a systemic blood infection, causing doctors to place Yosef back on the respirator and start antibiotic treatment.
The Iraqi-born Yosef – whose liberal rulings on missing Israeli soldiers, skin grafts and other issues that arose during the Yom Kippur War of 1973 were widely hailed by secular and religious Israelis alike – was the leading Sefardi haredi rabbinical authority of the modern era.
In recent years his public statements were full of insults for Israeli politicians he disliked and for Sefardi rabbis who failed to tow the Shas Party line Yosef set.
Update 8:20 am CDT – From an email halakha list:
Baruch Dayan HaEmet, we regret to inform the passing of HaGaon Maran HaRav Haim Ovadia Yosef ZT”L.
The Misva for the Rabbi will be held this evening in Israel at 6:00pm (11:00am New York time.)
We, at Torah Learning Resources are working to provide a live video feed of the misva. Please tune in to www.LearnTorah.com at 11:00 AM NY time (6:00pm Israel) time. We will do our best to provide the feed or link.
Update 10:15 am CDT – Yeshiva World has some excellent reporting on what took place at Rabbi Yosef's bedside as he began to fail. It's most recent update is on top and the first is at bottom, so you may want to start reading from the bottom and work your way up:
13:23: Shema Yisrael!
Once again Shema Yisrael is being recited around the bed of the gadol hador as his condition seems to be bottoming out.
13:16: Tefilos at the Tziyun of the Bal Shem Tov
Mispallalim have gathered at the tziyun of the Bal Shem Tov, in Mezibuz in the Ukraine.
The word from Maran’s bedside is the situation has drastically worsened. The medical team is having difficulty maintaining the gadol hador’s blood pressure.
13:15: Sharp Turn for the Worse
Family members of Maran inside his room report a sharp turn for the worse at this time, urging Am Yisrael to continue being mispallel.
13:07: Rabbonim Arriving at Hadassah
Prominent rabbonim shlita from around the country and public officials continue to arrive at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital as the nation watches and davens for Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef Shlita.
12:59: Please Remain at Home
Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital officials’, family members of the gadol hador and Shas Party officials’ are calling on the tzibur at large to be mispallel at home or in a shul and NOT to come to the hospital. As reported earlier, the hospital security team has lost control in some areas of the medical complex as many members of the concerned tzibur have decided to come to the hospital to keep their hand on the pulse of the situation.
Shouts of “Ohd Avinu Chai” are heard on the 8th floor as the news spreads that there is a very slight improvement in the gadol hador’s condition.
12:53: Tziyun at the Admor of Stevenesht
Tefilos are getting underway in Givatayim at the tziyun of the Admor of Stevenesht. Area residents, talmidei yeshivos and avreichim are being called to take part.
12:51: Tikun at Tziyun HaRashbi
The northern area tzibur is being called to the Tziyun HaRashbi in Meron to take part in the recitation of the tikun on behalf of Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef Shlita. Pitum HaKetores is being recited at this time in the Ohr HaRashbi Yeshiva at the tziyun.
12:45: Rav Aaron Butbul (Records Maran’s Torah writings)
The rav’s condition has indeed improved ever so slightly and while we reported his body temperature was so low during the morning, it has increased by three degrees (centigrade). The rav is the abba of all of Am Yisrael, not just a small number of people. We all need him and must continue being mispallel.
We must remain strong and continue to be mispallel. One potent segulah for a recovery is reciting the bracha of Asher Yotzar when exiting the lavatory.
12:42: Rav Reuven Elbaz Shlita
Am Yisrael still expects to see an improvement in Maran’s condition. Do not be despondent. There is a very slight improvement the doctors report even at this critical time. We are compelled to be mispallel on Maran’s behalf. The tenokos shel beis raban are now being mispallel for Maran and we must daven to merit seeing a positive response to the ongoing tefilos. We much continue being mispallel and cry out to HKBH.
12:38: Tziyun of the Rashbi ZY”A
A special tikun is being recited at the tziyun of the Rashbi in Meron at this time.
12:37: Belzer Rebbe Shlita
The rebbe has instructed his tzibur to be mispallel on behalf of Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef Shlita. The rebbe shlita maintains a very close relationship with Maran.
12:35: Gerrer Chassidim
Tefilos are taking place at the Ohel Admorei Gur in Yerushalayim at this time on behalf of Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef Shlita.
12:30: Aryeh Deri
Please continue being mispallel. Every moment Maran is with us he is safeguarding the generation. There are all types of messages circulating. We cannot control this. I just came out of the room and the machines are still working and Maran is alive and with us. We need him so please continue being mispallel.
12:28: Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Grossman Shlita
I was in Maran’s room. I kissed his hand, which was warm. He is alive and despite the medical community’s opinion that time is limited, we know better and we must not become despondent and lose hope. We must realize there is rachamim until the last moment. Therefore I believe anyone who hears me should take Tehillim and recite Tehillim on Maran’s behalf…
12:25: Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron Shlita
The rav was given a megaphone by Hadassah officials. He called on the hundreds of talmidim on the 8th floor to please leave the area – to return to yeshivos and be mispallel, adding “Maran is Chai Vekayam!”
Literally hundreds of people are on the 8th floor. Well-intentioned talmidim and others are arriving at Hadassah Hospital. Security officials have lost control of the situation.
President Shimon Peres has been escorted out of Hadassah Hospital.
Rabbi Yaakov Addis has just left Maran’s room. Rav Addis is now leading tefilos on Kol Chai Radio for the tzibur.
Limudim have stopped in Ponevezh too as the tzibur recites Tehillim on behalf of Maran.
Mispallalim continue arriving at the Kosel as tefilos on behalf of Maran continue throughout Eretz Yisrael and around the world. Tefilos continue at the tziyun of the Chida, the kever of Rav Mordechai Eliyahu, Tziyun of the Rashbi, Kivrei Tzaddikim, Kever Rochel and yeshivos nationwide.
Despite rumors to the contrary and irresponsible messages making their way around social media networks, Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef Shlita is alive and doctors are doing everything medically possible for the gadol hador.
Shema Yisrael is heard over the radio as Rav Addis leads the tzibur in a voice of tears, beseeching HKBH to give the gadol hador a refuah shleima.
Hafroshas challah is being done outside the rav’s room as well as a segulah for his recuperation.
Rav Addis is leading the tzibur in reciting pesukim of kabolas Ohl Malchus Shomayim.
11:27: Rav Addis is calling on everyone to be mispallel at this time.
Hadassah Hospital officials are urging well-intentioned people to not come to the hospital. For those arriving are instructed not to try making their way to the 8th floor. Hospital security is being overwhelmed by the number of people coming to the hospital, wishing to listen, hear and be mispallel at that location.
President Shimon Peres was brought into the hospital via a side entrance and is now being brought into Maran’s room. Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar is also inside the corridor of the rav’s ICU unit with prominent rabbonim and mekubalim.
Many many yeshivos, Ashkenazi and Sephardi, have canceled the morning seder to permit recitation of tefilos and Tehillim. Gedolei Hador Shlita are calling on the tzibur to be mispallel on the gadol hador’s behalf as his bodily functions are shutting down.
The grandchildren of the gadol hador were at his bedside a short time ago. President Shimon Peres has arrived in Hadassah and is being escorted to the rav’s room.
Mekubal Rav Yaakov Addis has just been escorted into the rav’s room as tefilos continue in Hadassah, throughout Eretz Yisrael and worldwide.
Also in the rav’s room are members of the family while others in the close inner circle are in the corridor leading to the bed. This includes Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, Rav Elbaz and other prominent rabbonim. It was reported a short time ago that Rav Shlomo Moshe Amar has also arrived.
Hadassah Hospital’s Prof. Dan Gilon, who heads the rav’s medical team announced moments ago that due to the significant deterioration in the rav’s condition over the past hour, the hospital feels the need to report to the public that the rabbi remains in extremely critical life-threatening condition and things could change for the worse at a moment’s notice.
11:09: Limudim have stopped in the Chevron Yeshiva as well as in the Mir where HaGaon HaRav Aryeh Finkel is leading the tzibur in Tehillim.
10:51: Doctors have entered Maran’s room. Everyone with the exception of the immediate family has been sent out. They are still in the ICU area but not at the gadol hador’s bedside.
10:48: A woman who traveled to the Kosel to be mispallel for the gadol hador on erev Shabbos suffered a heart attack. She was being mispallel at the Kosel on erev Shabbos and felt chest pain. She headed home and then began having difficulty breathing and sweating. She is admitted near the rav in Hadassah and recuperating. She is going to undergo a cardiac catheterization today. B”H she is conscious and alert.
10:44: Rav Yaakov Addis: Everyone must undertake to do teshuvah, particularly in two areas as the rav has shown us over the years; stringency regarding limud and devoting our time and energy to limud Torah as he has done his entire life. Another area is Shmiras Shabbos. Those who do not hold by Rabbeinu Tam, perhaps undertake to add a few minutes to Shabbos. We must undertake to be more diligent in adherence to Torah and mitzvos. The rav’s entire life is dedicated to bringing all of us closer to Torah and we must all, each in our own way, undertake to accept more, do more and become increasingly serious about our overall mitzvah observance.
10:37: Rav Posek of the Rabbanut Yerushalayim and Chief Rabbi of the Gilo neighborhood, HaRav HaGaon Rabbi Eliyahu Schlesinger: Not only Rav Ovadia is fighting for his life, but the entire world of Torah is fighting for his life for when a gadol is fighting for his life, this is the plight of the entire generation of Torah Jewry. He is a leader and a pillar of the generation and his merit significantly contributes to the well-being of all of Am Yisrael around the world… The rav’s shul in Gilo is hosting a tefilla rally during the evening hours. Rabbi Schlesinger explains they made it later in the day to avoid interrupting limudim for talmidim and avreichim.
10:35: Hadassah Hospital officials have closed down the 8th floor area as there is a very large crowd of people inside and outside of Maran’s room as the tefilos continue. Among those inside the rav’s room are family members, senior Shas officials, prominent rabbonim and mekubalim.
10:31: Tefilos have begun at the tziyun of the Chida and Rav Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L ZY”A in Har Menuchos.
10:29: The gadol hador’s pulse continues to weaken as Rav Elbaz leads in the recitation of the 13 Midos HaRachamim.
10:20: Special tefilos on behalf of Maran Rav Chaim Ovadia Shlita are taking place around Eretz Yisrael. Kol Chai Radio reports receiving calls for many many areas; including Har Nof, Beit Shemesh, Elad, Modi’in Illit, Mevassert Tzion, Ashkelon, Kiryat Gat, Rishon L’Tzion, Ashdod Rova A, Kiryat Ono, Sderot, Petach Tikvah, Ramot A (Jerusalem), Sanhedria (Jerusalem) and more.
A special tefilla of women is set to begin in about an hour at Kever Rochel.
10:11: The gadol hador’s family is around his bed; sons, daughters and in-law children as they are being mispallel for a miracle. Rav Reuven Elbaz, Rav Binayahu Shmueli and other prominent rabbonim and mekubalim are in the rav’s room as tefilos continue.
Doctors have released a message that everything that can be done from a medical perspective has been done and all that remains are tefilos.
10:08: Over 4,000 women have registered to recite Tehillim with the Tehillim Hotline number in addition to over 1,500 learning Hilchos Loshon Hora, all on behalf of the gadol hador who is fighting for his life.
Talmidim and avreichim around Eretz Yisrael are reciting Tehillim for Maran.
At 10:30, tefilos will be recited at the tziyun of the Chida and HaRav HaGaon Mordechai Eliyahu ZT”L ZY”A.
10:02: Rabbonim and roshei yeshivos around Eretz Yisrael have stopped limudim, instructing talmidim to begin reciting Tehillim for the gadol hador.
09:51: R’ Chaim Ovadia’s vital organs have collapsed as doctors struggle to keep him alive. A special tefilla rally is scheduled at the Kosel for noon.
09:09: The rav’s condition is critical and tefilos are taking place in the hospital at this time as the frum radio stations are calling on Jews worldwide to stop and be mispallel for the gadol hador.
One may phone the Tehillim Hotline that has been established on the gadol hador’s behalf and accept to immediately recite Tehillim. The number to call is 02-941-0104. SMS messages may be sent to 050-445-4112 and a response listing chapters will be received.
09:00: The gadol hador’s family has been summoned to his bedside in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital as his condition continues to deteriorate.
07:30: Doctors in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Yerushalayim report on Monday morning, 3 Cheshvan 5774 that Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef’s Shlita condition has taken a turn for the worse during the night. They were compelled to give him various medication to support his vital bodily functions.
On Sunday night the gadol hador was placed back into a medically induced coma and connected to a respirator. Nevertheless, during the night his condition continued to decline.
Officials at Hadassah now list the gadol hador’s condition as very serious/not stable. The gadol hador is fighting for his life.
The tzibur is urged to continue being mispallel on behalf of
מרן רבי חיים עובדיה יוסף בן גורג’יה לרפואה שלימה בתוך שאר חולי ישראל