Petira Of Hagon HaRav Yaakov Yosef ZATZAl – Oldest Son Of Chacham Ovadia


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candle914YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of Hagon HaRav Yaakov Chai Yosef ZATZAL, who had been fighting a most difficult illness for about two years. He was 67 years old.

As was reported by YWN, HaRav Yaakov Yosef had announced at one of his Shiurim “My chances for recovery are slim but in the zchus of tefilos I can recover”. The rav had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer R”L.

Rav Yaakov is the Bechor (oldest son) of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, one who literally gave tens of shiurim weekly. Despite his illness, he continued his rigorous schedule – giving his shiurim and meeting and consulting with people.

When it became too difficult for him to deliver his Shiurim, Rav Yosef began giving some of his shiurim via radio broadcast.

The Shas-affiliated Kol Berama Radio aired his shiurim to permit the listeners to continue benefiting from his words of Torah.

Rav Yaakov was the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Chazon Yaakov, which he founded in memory of his grandfather, Harav Yaakov Yosef. He was also the Rov of his Shul in Givat Moshe, Yerushalayim. Thousands of Talmidim were taught by Rav Yaakov in his Yeshiva.

Between 1983 and 1984 he served as a member of the Jerusalem City Council on behalf of the Shas party. Ahead of the elections to the 11th Knesset, he was placed on the Shas list, when it first ran in the Israeli elections, and was elected to the Knesset. During his tenure as an MK he served on the Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, the Education and Culture Committee, and the parliamentary investigation committee into road accidents.

Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated recently, and he was hospitalized at Haddasa Ein Kerem Hospital in Yerushalayim, until his Petira on Friday afternoon. He was surrounded by his family, and Rabbonim at the time of his Petira.

He is survived by his father, Maran Hagon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita, his brothers, Rav Dovid (Rosh Bais Hamedrash Yichaveh Daas), Rav Yitzchok (Rosh Yeshiva Chazon Ovadia), Rav Avrohom (Rov in the city of Cholon), Rav Moshe (Rosh Badatz Bais Yosef), his wife, and his eight children, including his sons who are Rabbonim: Rav Ovadia, Rav Amram, Rav Avrohom Bonyamin, Rav Yonoson, and Rav Moshe.

The Levaya will be leaving Bais Medrash “Boruchuv” in the Bucharim area of Yerushalayim to Kevura on Har Hamenuchos on Friday afternoon at 5:00PM.

Chacham Ovadia paskened that anyone not planning on spending Shabbos in Yerushalayim should not attend the Levaya, due to Shabbos.

Boruch Dayan Emmes…


  1. Baruch Dayan HaEmet! May he be a meilitz yashar and bring much nechama to his family and Klall Yisrael!
    Only simchot with simcha in good health and an abundance of HAGEFEN for all I’YH.

  2. Baruch Dayan HaEmet. This is truly a big loss for Klal Yisrael. I wonder how the Gadol Hador, HGH”R Chacham Ovadia Shlit”a is taking it. This must be so hard for him.

  3. Another Tisha b’Av for Klal Yisrael. The first one was a couple in Williamsburg who got killed in car crash. May Hashem fulfilling HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita’s name “Yosef” by Yasaf יסף (adding) more simchas to his family, Amen!

  4. BDE:
    Tragic & Shocking as we keep losing our leaders & guidance one by one R”L

    lAST ONE TO LEAVE US RECENTLY (besides many others & TODAY also Rebbetzin Malka Shurin a”h, wife of Rav Yisroel Shurin zt”l and daughter of Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky zt”l. was niftar) was Rabbi Yerachmiel Shlomo Rothenberg Zt”l- Rosh Yeshiva of Mountaindale Yeshiva-March 4 2013-71 years old.

    Look at their young ages. its a shocking loss.

    when will each of us admit-to ourselves-that its time for us to do teshuva so the tzaros in klal yisroel can finally end & mashiach can come?

    its all in OUR hands & choice if our days should be filled with Simcha or tzaros C”V.
    Were only causing this tzaros to continue & it could’ve ended long ago.

    may we all do teshuva very soon

  5. Reply yungermanS
    You are right, we need to do teshuvah, but more importantly the gemara in sotah says, “Every since the Beis HaMikodsh was destroyed, their isn’t a day without its course,” meaning until the Beis Hamikosh is standing again we will continue to have tzaaros r”l! People in Klal Yisrael who ask, “Why do we have so many tzaaros etc.?” WAKE UP and GET REALITY YOU IGNORANT JEW, REALIZE THAT WHEN WE HAD A BEIS HAMIKDOSH STANDING WE PEACE IN THE WORLD!!! If we would take the more effective approach and learn Kodshim like the Chofetz Chayim zt”l did, instead of just mourning on the 9th of Av (one day of the year) we would be in Yerushalayim right now. When we are in Golus America we have become so comfortable that we in a certain sense don’t give a “damn” about the beis hamikdosh. Hashem in His great kindness gives us a small potch and what do we do? We ignore it completely! Learning Kodshim is more motivating to get us to have a yearning to have a beis hamikdosh again, not teshuva (no offense)

  6. Thank you yosef

    At least I know some people get the message & do something to return klal yisroel to teshuva & Hashem.

    in regards to what you wrote,
    in yiddishkeit, if a person wants something (be it a livlihood, shidduch or child etc…) a person needs to do more then just daven & say tehillim, the person needs to also YEARN for it.-sadly- in today’s society we are living in, we are not YEARNING for the Bais Hamikdosh, we have everything from planes to cars & computers etc… even the gift of Shabbos for Gashmius to sleep & relax etc… HASHEM SAYS to klal yisroel, come back to me when your ready & ask me for something from your HEART & i will give you whatever you want (i’m sure if your child came to you for something you would get it, why wouldn’t you? the love between a parent & child is unlimited…. & that’s the way Hashem loves EACH & EVERY ONE OF US)

    All of us have heard, read & seen tons of true stories of people who had their first child at 42 or had a sick child in critical condition, & then the doctor says i’m very sorry but your daughter has only 3 hours to live & then he comes back 2 hours later & says its really a miracle but your child is beginning to recover etc…. Why is it that they finally had a child & the child recovered? There could be tons of answers, but the most common answer Is a Pasuk we say 3 times a day in Davening. Hashem is close to all who call to him, to all who call out truthfully. (Tehillim 145)Because they cried out from their heart, they really meant what they were saying when they davened to H-shem to have a baby or for his daughter to recover etc…. there’s a reason we call Hashem, Avinu She’bashamayim (our father in heaven) Hashem loves us from a father to a son & is waiting to put his Shchina (presence) & his bais hamikdosh back in this world. If we really cried out for the Bais Hamikdosh from our heart with truth & show that we are missing it, then we wouldn’t still be in Golus today.