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Ovadia Yosef

1920 - 2013

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Ovadia Yosef (Hebrew: עובדיה יוסף‎, romanized: Ovadya Yosef, Arabic: عبد الله يوسف, romanized: Abdullah Yusuf; 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. Yosef's responsa were highly regarded within Haredi circles, particularly among Mizrahi communities, among whom he was regarded as "the most important living halakhic authority". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ovadia Yosef has received more than 438,125 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). Ovadia Yosef is the 5,313th most popular politician (down from 4,252nd in 2019), the 134th most popular biography from Iraq (down from 100th in 2019) and the 83rd 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 5,313 out of 15,577Before him are Kim Jong-nam, Hans Jeschonnek, Rezső Kasztner, Saad Zaghloul, Acamapichtli, and Welf I, Duke of Bavaria. After him are Bojang of Goguryeo, James III of Majorca, Konstantin Dejanović, Elizabeth Richeza of Poland, García I of León, and Leonardo Sciascia.

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Among people born in 1920, Ovadia Yosef ranks 82Before him are José López Portillo y Pacheco, Maurice Bucaille, Constanze Manziarly, Takashi Kano, Nobuyuki Kato, and Franklin J. Schaffner. After him are Victor Turner, Henri Verneuil, José Mauro de Vasconcelos, Henry Heimlich, Karl Albrecht, and Vilém Flusser. Among people deceased in 2013, Ovadia Yosef ranks 72Before him are Bert Trautmann, Roger Ebert, Sławomir Mrożek, Sung Jae-gi, Pierre Mauroy, and Bigas Luna. After him are Arthur Danto, Wojciech Kilar, Patrice Chéreau, Wilfried Martens, Damiano Damiani, and Gyula Horn.

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Among people born in Iraq, Ovadia Yosef ranks 134 out of 338Before him are Taha Yassin Ramadan (1938), Ammi-Saduqa (-1700), Ninus (null), Al-Muktafi (875), Al-Mu'tazz (847), and Al-Mawardi (974). After him are Adil Abdul-Mahdi (1942), Alulim (null), Ishbi-Erra (-2100), Al-Khalil ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi (718), Manishtushu (null), and Ar-Radi (909).

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Among politicians born in Iraq, Ovadia Yosef ranks 83Before him are Al-Qa'im (1001), Eannatum (-2500), Al-Muhtadi (825), Ammi-Saduqa (-1700), Ninus (null), and Al-Muktafi (875). After him are Adil Abdul-Mahdi (1942), Alulim (null), Ishbi-Erra (-2100), Manishtushu (null), Ar-Radi (909), and Nuri al-Said (1888).