Knesset members Aryeh Der'i and Eli Yishai (Shas) joined four sons of Rabbi Ovadia Yoseph at the rabbi's bedside at Hadassah Ein-Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem during the Shemini Atzeret/Simhat Torah holiday. Yishai said, Thursday evening, "You could clearly say they are struggling for his life. There is a concern, and according to what the doctors say, that his life in danger." He added, "We hope for the best, are praying for the best and believe that it will be good."
Rabbi David Yoseph said, "We are praying for God's mercy. The entire family felt a terrible pain to see him suffer." People are asked to pray for Harav Haim Ovadia Yoseph ben (son of) Georgia, among the ailing of Israel.