Ovadia Yosef

An Orthodox Jew weeps after receiving the news about the death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef outside of the rabbi's home in Jerusalem, Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Yosef, the religious scholar and spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jews who transformed his downtrodden community of immigrants from North Africa and Arab nations and their descendants into a powerful force in Israeli politics, has died. He was 93.

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An Orthodox Jew weeps outside the Jerusalem home of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef , after receiving news of his death, aged 93, on Monday. The rabbi was a religious scholar and the spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jews, who transformed his community of immigrants from north African and Arab nations into a powerful force in Israeli politics.