“They tried killing me in my old age” Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef Shlita is quoted telling Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita, when the former Rishon L’Tzion visited Rav Ovadia in Hadassah Hospital on Monday night, the eve of 21 Elul 5773. Rav Ovadia was admitted for tests and observation on Sunday. Rav Ovadia added “משיב רעה תחת טובה”.
The meeting was the first between the two since the Chief Rabbinate race. Shas officials have labeled Rav Amar persona non grata after he did not tow the party line and endorse Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef for the post of Rishon L’Tzion in the race.
It would appear that since efforts to meet with R’ Ovadia have failed of late, R’ Amar arrived at the hospital unannounced, thereby bypassing family and Shas party officials working to prevent him from visiting with the gadol hador.
Kikar Shabbat reports Rav Amar attempted to speak, but R’ Ovadia continued, and eventually R’ Amar stated “I will speak with the rav after he is discharged from the hospital.” The visit was a brief 10 minutes and R’ Amar realized R’ Ovadia was quite angry. R’ Amar was unsuccessful when he tried to shake R’ Ovadia’s hand as he took leave of him.
Kikar concludes that officials in the R’ Ovadia’s home were angered over the unannounced visit, which they view in a bad light, adding it increased R’ Ovadia’s anger and may have compromised his condition.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)