Member of Knesset Eli Yishai (Shas) was one of the many to visit Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in the hospital on Tuesday. "It is very difficult to see him like that. Right now his condition is stable but difficult," he said. MK Yishai called him an outstanding leader and an huge inspiration.
Rabbi Yosef was born in 1920 in Iraq. He served at Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983. During this time he ruled that the Beta Israel community of Ethiopia were halachically Jewish and should be allowed to immigrate to Israel in an unrestricted manner. He also authored numerous books on Jewish law, survived an assassination attempt and served as spiritual leader for several political leaders. He is considered one of the foremost Torah authorities in the world. The public has been asked to recite Psalms and pray using his Hebrew name Ovadia Haim Ben Georgia.