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Ovadia Yosef, influential Israeli spiritual leader, dies at 93

By Mike Schwarz, CNN
October 7, 2013 -- Updated 1732 GMT (0132 HKT)
Mourners gather outside the Jerusalem home of <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/07/world/meast/israel-spiritual-leader-death/'>Rabbi Ovadia Yosef</a>, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, on Monday, October 7. Yosef, 93, died after medical complications from a stroke he suffered earlier this year. He was considered the leading authority in religious rulings in the realm of Jewish law and was a founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, playing a pivotal role in Israeli politics. Mourners gather outside the Jerusalem home of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, on Monday, October 7. Yosef, 93, died after medical complications from a stroke he suffered earlier this year. He was considered the leading authority in religious rulings in the realm of Jewish law and was a founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, playing a pivotal role in Israeli politics.
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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies
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