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October 7, 2013 10:01 am

Netanyahu: Rabbi Yosef ‘One of the Wisest Men of This Generation’

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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in 2007. Photo: Wikipedia.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow over the death of Sephardic community leader Ovadia Yosef, who died Monday, aged 93.

Calling Yosef “among the greatest rabbis of our generation,” Netanyahu, in a statement, commended the rabbi for his practical vision, saying, “He worked greatly to enhance Jewish heritage and at the same time, his rulings took into consideration the times and the realities of renewed life in the State of Israel.”

Netanyahu added that in his meetings with Rabbi Yosef he “always learned very much.”

“The Jewish People have lost one of the wisest men of this generation,” he said.

Yosef’s funeral procession, which security sources expect to attract half a million people, is set to begin at 6 p.m. at the Porat Yosef Yeshiva, in Jerusalem’s Geula neighborhood, and continue on to the Sanhedria Cemetery.

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