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  3/13/2014, Adar Bet 11, 5774

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Celebrated Purim Twice in Tel Aviv


Tel Aviv is as modern a city as the come, but adjacent to it is the ancient port of Jaffa – and as an ancient city, it qualifies to celebrate Shushan Purim, the “second day” of Purim that is most famously celebrated in Jerusalem.

But the circumstances that make Shushan Purim an official day of celebration apply elsewhere. Ancient walled cities in the Land of Israel that were extant in the days of Jewish leader Joshua are included in the list of cities where the Scroll of Esther (megillah) should be read on Shushan Purim – and according to Sephardic Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, his father, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”tl, instituted the reading of the megillah in Jaffa and Tel Aviv on Shushan Purim.