Death of rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli religious scholar and kingmaker, leaves huge void

  • by: JOSEF FEDERMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 7, 2013 - 3:05 PM

JERUSALEM — To his supporters, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was a revered spiritual sage who empowered masses of disenfranchised Sephardic Jews. Among secular Israelis, he was widely perceived as a medieval figure, bedecked in flowing robes and occasionally given to bizarre rants.

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