Ovadia Yosef

1920 - 2013

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Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף‎, romanized: Ovadya Yosef, Arabic: عبد الله يوسف, romanized: ‘Abd Allāh Yūsuf; September 24, 1920 – October 7, 2013) was an Iraqi-born Talmudic scholar, a posek, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel from 1973 to 1983, and a founder and long-time spiritual leader of Israel's ultra-Orthodox Shas party. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ovadia Yosef has received more than 591,451 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 26 in 2019). Ovadia Yosef is the 3,913th most popular politician (up from 5,246th in 2019), the 103rd most popular biography from Iraq (up from 133rd in 2019) and the 60th most popular Iraqi Politician.

Ovadia Yosef was a Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel and the spiritual leader of Shas, an ultra-orthodox religious party in Israel. He was known for his outspoken views on a variety of topics, including his support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

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Among politicians, Ovadia Yosef ranks 3,913 out of 19,576Before him are Empress Jingū, Władysław II the Exile, Teispes, Chung Il-kwon, Henry, Count of Portugal, and Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba. After him are Childebert the Adopted, Uldin, Jean Bart, Orestes, Sancho III of Castile, and Julia Maesa.

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Among people born in 1920, Ovadia Yosef ranks 56Before him are Lawrence Klein, Shelley Winters, Walter Nowotny, George Armitage Miller, P. D. James, and Dave Brubeck. After him are Maureen O'Hara, Jack Elam, Ștefan Kovács, Timothy Leary, Setsuko Hara, and Mario Beccaria. Among people deceased in 2013, Ovadia Yosef ranks 54Before him are Nagisa Oshima, Richard Matheson, Ed Lauter, Chinua Achebe, Viktor Kulikov, and Manfred Rommel. After him are Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Gyula Horn, Ronald Dworkin, Princess Lilian, Duchess of Halland, Hiroshi Yamauchi, and Pierre Mauroy.

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Among people born in Iraq, Ovadia Yosef ranks 103 out of 384Before him are Enmerkar (-2500), Shammuramat (-900), Al-Nasir (1158), Sin-Muballit (-1900), Ibn Sirin (653), and Samsu-iluna (-1792). After him are Labashi-Marduk (-550), Hunayn ibn Ishaq (809), Parysatis (-500), Shamash-shum-ukin (-650), Ahmad al-Rifaʽi (1118), and Al-Mawardi (974).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Ovadia Yosef ranks 60Before him are Sumu-abum (-2000), Enmerkar (-2500), Shammuramat (-900), Al-Nasir (1158), Sin-Muballit (-1900), and Samsu-iluna (-1792). After him are Labashi-Marduk (-550), Parysatis (-500), Shamash-shum-ukin (-650), Tukulti-Ninurta I (-1300), Kerbogha (1100), and Al-Qahir (899).