Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz released the following message following the petira of Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef ZT”L.
I mourn and cry over the loss of the great leader who has journeyed heavenward, this wonderful individual, scholar and spiritual guide. His spiritual guidance and ahavas Yisrael aside his greatness in Torah brought him to reestablish the greatness of Sephardic Jewry and he left special mark on the generation. The rav brought light to the faces of everyone he met while always struggling on behalf of Torah and achdus. His entire life his legs carried him to spread Torah to all areas of the world. Our generation merited to be in his shadow, one of the greats of Jewish history over the generations.”
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)