Rav Amar Remains with R’ Ovadia’s Psak Halacha Regarding Purim in Ramot


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photos1Days after Rishon L’Tzion HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Yosef Shlita announced his ruling regarding the observance of Purim for residents of Ramot, Jerusalem Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Moshe Amar Shlita released his psak.

Rav Yosef announced that the new reality regarding Ramot is such that residents should observe Purim on the 15th of Adar, Shushan Purim, together with all Jerusalemites. This represents a change from the long-standing psak of Maran HaGaon HaRav Ovadia Yosef ZT”L.

Rav Amar released a letter stating that from his point of view, nothing has changed and Purim observance in Ramot should be on the 14th, a in line with Maran’s psak.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. The obvious solution is to celebrate both – if one day of drinking if good, then two must be better (until you can’t tell the difference between R. Yosef and Yair Lapid).

  2. it used to be the Askenazim who had problems in Ramot of which Purim to keep, some kept Purim, some Sushon Purim, some machmir for both. Finally it ended with Rav Eliyashuv telling all to keep Shushon Purim.

    Not it is the Sfadim’s time to suffer.

  3. Wow, this is a real milchamta shel Torah!!

    I think the ensuing chaos might help us appreciate the significance of a zaken mamre and the severity of its punishment. I don’t mean to suggest that this is such a case, but it highlights what can happen when one individual might disagree with what would otherwise be a unanimously accepted halacha.

  4. I vote for keeping Purim starting from the eleventh of Adar. This way all bases are covered and a good time can be had by all over the course of nearly a week.