Maran: Our Rabbi and Mentor: Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Israeli Society
One of the central figures who influenced Israeli society and contemporary Orthodox Judaism was the Rishon Lezion, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, z”l.
Half a year after his passing, the fascinating personality of the Maran (as Rav Ovadia Yosef was known), as a political leader, head of an ethnic group, as the Rishon Lezion and as a halachic authority will be discussed in a four-session program.
Introduction and presenter of the sessions: Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau, author of the book Maran to Maran: The Halachic Philosophy of the Rav Ovadia Yosef.
First Session: The political leader
Sunday, May 25, 8:00 PM
Entering politics, his role in the success of the Shas movement and his perception of the social gaps in Israel.
Facilitator: Sivan Rahav Meir, Channel 2 News
MK Eli Yishai, Shas
Dr. Neri Horowitz, Chairman of the Agora Policy think tank and one of the pioneers on researching the Shas movement
Second Session: Head of an Ethnic Group
Sunday, June 8, 8:00 PM
What is Rabbi Ovadia’s place in shaping the identity of Sephardic Jewry in Israel? What was his relationship to accepted religious norms, the place of yeshiva students and the status of women in the religious system?
Facilitator: Dr. Nissim Leon, Bar-Ilan University
MK Dr. Aliza Lavie
The Paytan Rabbi David Menachem
Third Session: The Rishon Lezion
Sunday, June 15, 8:00 PM
How did Rabbi Ovadia perceive the relationship between the Torah world and the State? How did he view his role as the Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel? Were his positions left or right wing? Was he a Zionist?
Facilitator: Avishai Ben Haim, journalist and commentator on Haredi affairs
Itzik Sudri, close associate to the Rabbi and former Shas spokesman
Yaakov Katz (Ketzale) – Executive Director of Arutz Sheva, former MK and Chairman of the National Union party.
Forth Session: Halachic Authority
Sunday, June 22, 8:00 PM
How did Rabbi Ovadia Yosef interpert the halacha? Was he really an innovator amongst conservatives or a conservative amongst innovators?
Facilitator: Rabbi Dr. Benny Lau
Dr. Ariel Picard, research fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute
Rabbi Haim Amsalem, head of the Am Shalem party
Rabbi Eliyahu Iluze, Chief Rabbi of Or Akiva
Admission: 30 NIS per session; students: 20 NIS
This is a Hebrew-language only event.
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