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Rabbi Ovadia's Condition Improving

The rabbi spent the holiday at the ICU in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/7/2013, 10:02 PM

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

There has been a further improvement in the condition of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, who is in the Intensive Care Unit of the Hadasah Ein Kerem Hospital. He spent the Rosh Hashana holiday and the Sabbath in the hospital, where his family is tending to him.

On Sunday, his condition will be evaluated and the hospital will decide whether to free him to his home.

At the outset of the holiday, the hospital said that Rabbi Ovadia is not being respirated and is in a state of full consciousness. In the course of the week he received medical treatments including intravenous antibiotics, and underwent thorough testing.

Rabbi Yosef fell inside his home several weeks ago, and has been hospitalized three times since then, because of sharp back pains.

The rabbi's relatives ask the public to continue to pray for the health of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Ben Georgia.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is the spiritual leader of the Sephardic Shas party, and considered a leading rabbinic figure and halachic (Jewish law) authority by Jews throughout the world.