A chazer bleibt a chazer
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef is dead, He shouldn't be missed.
Yosef was the "spiritual" mentor of the Shas party in Israel and was the Sephardic chief rabbi.
He was also a racist SOB with a political agenda that only the most reactionary could love.
The rabbi, born in Badgad was also famous for his remark that, "Goyim were born only to serve. Without that, they have no place in the world." According to the Jerusalem Post, he added,
Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat. That is why gentiles were created." An "effendi" is a lord, or a master, in Arabic.
In 2010 speaking on the peace process with the Palestinians, the ungood rebbe said,
"Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this world," Rabbi Ovadia was quoted as saying during his weekly sermon at a synagogue near his Jerusalem home. "God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians."
On Arabs in general the Christian Science Monitor writes, he said in 2001,
"It is forbidden to be merciful to them. You must send missiles to them and annihilate them. They are evil and damnable."
In 2009 he said of Muslims"their religion is as ugly as they are."
In response to those and other statements the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism reported in 2010,
Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:
We utterly reject such sentiments as anathema to Jewish values and the beliefs of the Jewish people. Sadly, this is far from the first time that Rabbi Yosef has engaged in the most outrageous types of hate speech.
Rabbi Rick Block, president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, the main rabbinic body of the American Reform movement, issues a statement on Yosef's death:
Rabbi Yosef's passing is a source of great sadness to the many who revered him and I extend heartfelt condolences to his family. Sadly, his legacy will forever be diminished by egregious outbursts of intolerance toward Reform and Conservative Jews, as well as non-Jews, especially Arabs. His comments ascribing the Holocaust to Jewish sinners also caused many great pain. Love and respect for all Jews and persons of every background are essential Jewish values.
Of course, rabbi Yosef considered reform Jews as destroyers of religions. these wicked women, the Reform, who do everything in order to bash Judaism … they should be wrapped in a tallit and buried."
Yosef also had regressive views on the role of women and gays in society. In 2007, angry that many Ashkenazi rabbis supported allowing women to say a blessing over Shabbat candles after they'd been lit, he said: "Women should make (stew) and not deal with matters of the Torah." He said that anyone disagree with him was the fault of "a few stupid women. A woman's knowledge is only in sewing."
That wasn't all he had to say about women. According to Al Jazeera he once said,
"A woman without sons is worth nothing… sometimes you hear at the ladies section in the synagogue the women babbling. What about? The one tells the other how beautiful her dress is… this is their brain."
He didn't have much use apparently for African Americans either (though I can't imagine that any African Americans gave a hoot what he thought about anything), He said of black people hurt by hurricane
Of course he found gay people "sick" and "perverted" and said they should be kept away from students.
Failed Messiah points out Yosef has argued that those murdered in the Holocaust were a reincarnation of sinners from past generations. The Shas spiritual leader said,
All those poor people in the Holocaust…we wonder why it was done. There were righteous people among them. Still, they were punished because of sins of past generations.
In 2007, Yosef explained why Israeli soldiers die in battle:
It is no wonder that soldiers are killed in war; they don't observe Shabbat, don't observe the Torah, don't pray every day, don't lay phylacteries on a daily basis – so is it any wonder that they are killed? No, it's not.
God have mercy on them (soldiers) and make them become newly religious – then they will all live a good life in peace," Rabbi Ovadia said.…"[W]hen soldiers believe and pray, God helps them during the war. (These soldiers) don't get killed.
This guy didn't even like those who were pretty much like him, In past, he called the "Mafdal" (an acronym for the National Religious Party) "fools who believe anything." More recently, he referred to the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party as the "home of goyim," and described the Religious Zionist candidate for chief rabbi, David Stav, as a rasha, a wicked man. He also once referred to the current Israeli PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, "...a blind sheep."
The Times of Israel meanwhile shamefully adds to the story:
"Rav Ovadia Yosef was a spiritual leader to hundreds of thousands, if not more, a great learner [of Torah] and a wise and learned man, a father to an impressive family and an important contributor to the society and politics of the state of Israel," US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro says in a statement released in Hebrew. "Today in Jerusalem and all across Israel, his supporters and followers mourn him," he added. "To them, and first and foremost to his beloved family, I send my condolences. May his memory be blessed."
"Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was one of the greatest rabbinic authorities who built the nation of Israel in the Land of Israel," Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky says in a statement.
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef was an "impressive and incredibly intelligent" man who was very involved in what was happening in Israel and beyond, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon says, adding that Yosef was "a great Torah and law scholar" who was "careful to listen to different opinions before formulating his position, and did that with great openness and patience." "The rabbi displayed at meetings a true concern for Israel, [and] the security and strength of Israeli society in all its forms," Ya'alon notes. Yosef was "extremely pragmatic" and provided a "unique leadership derived from his wisdom, greatness in Torah and his involvement in various parts of society."
Are you kidding me? How could any human being have anything actually even remotely nice to say about this man. Yet, the few quotes just above were far from the only pious offerings made about him. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu mourned the passing of Yosef, who he called one of the greatest religious commentators of this generation. Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said as he left Yosef's room: "We knew of his good heart, his love of the Torah and his friendliness. He cared for all the people of Israel. It is a great loss. I was honored to be with him at his final moments." Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, said, "I had the honour of meeting him, and of seeing his extraordinary spirit and learning, I was honoured to witness first-hand his love for mankind and his wish for peace. I send my sincere condolences to his family, Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and the whole of the Shas movement," Finally, upon learning that Rabbi Ovadia Yosef had bit the dust, Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas reportedly asked a group of Israeli parliamentarians whom he was meeting at the time to send his condolences to the rabbi's family "in the name of the Palestinian people."
Did I mention, eight hundred thousand of his followrs attended his funeral procession...the largest in the history of Israel.
This was for a guy who pretty much hated everyone except those who followed him blindly.
The following is from HAARETZ...