Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Rabbi Ovadia YosefIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Shas movement, was hospitalized Sunday in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yosef was taken to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital after suffering strong pains in his leg.

His relatives said that he has suffered increasingly strong leg pains ever since tripping and falling in his home several weeks ago.

Over the Sabbath, the pain became unbearable, but the elderly rabbi refused to be taken to hospital on the holy day, his family said.

Due to his suffering, his son Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef taught his weekly Saturday night Torah class in his place.

On Sunday morning Rabbi Yosef underwent a series of medical tests. He remains in the hospital, where doctors are considering operating on his leg.