Daily Israel Report

Health of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Deteriorates

There has been a recent deterioration in the medical condition of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of Shas’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
By Arutz Sheva staff
First Publish: 4/12/2013, 1:53 PM

Rabbi Yaakov Yosef
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef
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There has been a recent deterioration in the medical condition of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, son of Shas’s spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Rabbi Yosef, who has made his own name as a Torah scholar and religious leader, has been suffering from cancer for about a year and a half, and has been hospitalized several times in recent months.

But his health took a turn for the worst and has been hospitalized in serious condition at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem, as his family and Jews worldwide continue to pray for his recovery.

Hundreds gathered in the Har Hamenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem on Tuesday afternoon to hold a communal prayer at the tomb of Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai, also known as the Hida.

Among those present was Rabbi Yaakov Yosef’s son Yonatan Yosef. He told Arutz Sheva that a grandson was born to Rabbi Yosef two days ago.

“We are praying that the rabbi will be at his grandson’s brit milah,” he said, referring to the circumcision and accompanying naming ceremony held on the eighth day after birth.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef also asked the public to pray for his son using his Hebrew name, Rabbi Yaakov Chai ben [son of] Margalit.