Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef was sworn-in on Wednesday at the Presidential Residence in Jerusalem. In his inaugural address he stated, "the last time I was here it was forty years ago, when my father was elected Chief Rabbi. I remember how he cried out from his heart not to burden the public. I appeal to the media here today, let us raise the prestige of the rabbinate. I bless the people of Israel for a good year, a year of peace," he stated. Chief Rabbi Yosef called for cases of problems between spouses and issues of conversion to be dealt with in a expedient and righteous manner.