Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu
Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahuphoto: file

A large prayer rally for the health of the Former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu was held at the Sanhedria Cemetery in Jerusalem Monday. The prayer took place at the grave of Rabbi Yehuda Tzedaka, Rabbi Eliyahu's uncle.

Rabbi Shmuel Bnayahu, Rabbi David Basri and Rabbi Moshe Tzadka, the present Head of Porat Yosef Yeshiva, where Rabbi Eliyahu studied, said prayers for Rabbi Eliyahu's recovery.

Rabbi Eliyahu is one of the spiritual leaders of the Religious Zionist movement and is considered an authority by both Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews. He is a longtime supporter of Jonathan Pollard and became his spiritual mentor while Pollard was in prison.