The legendary wooden chair from which former chief rabbi Ovadia Yoseph would give his weekly lesson at the "Tiferet Yerushalayim" or "Hizdim" synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood of Jerusalem has disappeared, according to a Thursday report in the Shas party newspaper Yom Leyom. Supporters of the party's spiritual advisor ascribe holiness and special powers to the chair.
Worshippers at the synagogue are asking for leads to its whereabouts, including information on its possible sale. While the market value for an ordinary chair of its type is hundreds of shekels, they feel it could bring as much as $100,000. A few years ago, when the synagogue was in financial difficulties, the rabbi's previous chair was sold quickly for tens of thousands of dollars.