Shas Rabbi Ovadia Yosef recovering from back surgery


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, is recovering from major back surgery.

Yosef, 93, was scheduled to be transferred out of the intensive care unit on Tuesday from the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem following the procedure on his spine the previous day.

The spiritual leader of the Sephardi Orthodox Shas party entered the hospital on Sunday for the third time in recent weeks suffering from intense pain due to a fall in his home early last month.  He also had a minor stroke in January.


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