850,000 Mourners Attend Rabbi Yosef’s Funeral in Jerusalem
Ynet – Some 850,000 people attended the funeral of Shas’ spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, on Monday evening, marking the biggest funeral in the history of Israel. The funeral concession began at 6:00 pm and the rabbi was buried around 11:00 pm. Hundreds of thousands of mourners filled the capital and stormed the vehicle transporting the rabbi’s body to the cemetery. Some 4,000 police officers were deployed around Jerusalem, trying to maintain order. Seven MDA units, 70 ambulances and two emergency units were available.
“The sun has set,” said Rabbi David Yosef, Ovadia’s son, in his eulogy. “Father, you raised us by the Torah and we are lucky to be your sons. Every time we had a question, you led us into the world of Halacha. You are the Moses of our generation, father. Who will we ask now? Who will we speak to?”