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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to Spend Holiday in Hospital

Despite an improvement in his condition, doctors decide that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef will remain at the hospital for Rosh Hashanah.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 9/4/2013, 6:40 PM

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Doctors decided on Wednesday afternoon that, despite an improvement in his condition, Shas’ spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef will remain at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem over the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

The hospital said that the rabbi is continuing to receive medical treatment. The rabbi prayed on Wednesday afternoon with associates and family members staying at his bedside. He is not a respirator and is fully conscious.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was taken to hospital on Sunday night following a deterioration in his health condition. Earlier that day, he was taken to hospital after feeling pain during the Sabbath, but was released shortly thereafter after undergoing a series of tests.

The reason for the current hospitalization is an infection and a drop in the rabbi's blood pressure. Rabbi Yosef has been receiving antibiotics intravenously and has undergone a series of comprehensive tests since being hospitalized.

The Council of Torah Sages, the supreme religious authority for the Shas party, called on Jews “to tear the heavens apart and bring down the mercies of heaven” in order to ensure Rabbi Yosef's health.

The public is asked to continue to pray for the complete recovery of Rabbi Ovadia ben Georgia.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Rosh Hashanah in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)