Rav Ovadia Yosef and the Revival of Sephardic Halakhah

Dr. Marc Shapiro

This presentation by Dr. Marc Shapiro continues the Torah in Motion series "The Thought and Worldview of Influential Jewish Thinkers."  

Rav Ovadia Yosef, zt"l, was one of the most respected arbiters of Jewish law of this generation, and the spiritual leader of the Shas movement since its inception in the 1980s. His scholarship and deep knowledge of Jewish law gave him unparalleled control over the Shas political party for almost two decades, which changed the landscape of Israeli politics and gave Shas and its Sephardi voters, both haredi and nonreligious, unprecedented influence over the course of events in the country.