News Brief 10/17/2013, Cheshvan 13, 5774
Death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef 'Ends Chapter in Shas' History'
Head of the Am Shalem (Whole Nation) party, former Shas MK Rabbi Chaim Amsalem, has said that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was the last of the true Sephardic rabbis, with no replacement able to attract the same level of support.
In an interview with Arutz Sheva he said, "I knew him for tens of years, we've lost a giant figure in Israel, who has left a huge vacuum behind him," adding "he has no replacement in terms of his halachic (Jewish law) prowess. He was the last of the true sephardic rabbis"