Speaking with reporters amid rumors of a power struggle surrounding the selection of a successor to Maran HaGaon HaRav Chaim Ovadia Yosef Shlita, Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Amar Shlita explained “we are at a turning point. Our hearts are broken and we lack the ability to express our pain regarding the situation.”
When asked about who will take over for Rav Chaim Ovadia, Rav Amar stated “Please this is not the time. There is no one worthy. I can say at least for myself, I am unworthy of such a task… It is a joke to even believe anyone can step into Maran’s footsteps. At present, such discussion lacks sensitivity and it is simply not acceptable. I ask mechila for even speaking with you on this.”
Rav Amar continues citing the rulings of Rav Yosef on issues including mamzerus and agunos, adding “who can step into these shoes and address these issues as Maran does?”
Rav Amar continues with a tefilla that Rav Chaim Ovadia will open his eyes, stand up and continue leading us and this must be our focus at present, nothing else.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)