HISTORIC MEETING: Sephardic Chief Rabbi And Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva Meet [VIDEO & PHOTOS]


The Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Hagaon Harav Yitzchak Yosef, and the Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva, Hagaon HaRav Malkiel Kotler, met last night, in what is being called a “historic meeting”.

Rav Yosef has been in New York for the past week. He came for a Chasunah, and has been visiting many Sephardic Yeshivas and Mosdos around the Tri-State area, giving the community Chizuk, and delivering many Shiurim.

The Lakewood Rosh Yeshiva, Hagaon HaRav Malkiel Kotler spent this past Shabbos in the same community, delivering many Drashos and speaking at many of the major Sephardic Shuls in the community – including Shaarei Zion.

The two Gedolim met a Melava Malka in Flatbush last night.

Watch the video below:

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. Aside from the fact that the two rabbonim had not crossed paths previously, what is “historic” about this meeting? Rav Yosef meets with Rav Lau and other chashuve Askenazic/Litvish rabbonim routinely (and we have seen many videos here of such events). Was there some prior broigas between between Rav Ovadia and Rav Aharon?

  2. Why this attention grabbing headline for??
    Both the Chief Rabbi and the Rosh Yeshiva are well known to routinely meet and interact with all Yidden.
    Yirbu Kemosam Beyisrael.

  3. Rabbi Yosef is not necessary a Zionist
    The title of the Rishon LeSion has been around for hundreds of years. Now it happens to be under the state.
    Just because he works with the Medina doesn’t make him a Zionist.