Roi Tov: Who Killed Rabbi Ovadia Yosef?

Who Killed Rabbi Ovadia Yosef?

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?Genesis 4:9



While rushing to prepare this article after the death of Rabbi Yosef, I found a delightful piece on the topic. It was entitled “The Clinton Body Count,” and it attempted to analyze a conspiracy theory claiming “Bill Clinton has been quietly doing away with those who oppose him.” I don’t want to touch that topic; the author includes a list of “How to create a Conspiracy Theory” which is useful to today’s topic.Let me just present its main points:• “Body count” lists are not a new phenomenon…List every dead person with even the most tenuous of connections to your subject. It doesn’t matter how these people died…• Play word games. Make sure every death is presented as “mysterious.” All accidental deaths are to be labeled “suspicious”…• Make sure every inconsistency or unexplained detail you can dredge up is offered as evidence of a conspiracy, no matter how insignificant or pointless it may be…just keep harping that the missing shoe “can’t be explained.”• If the data doesn’t fit your conclusion, ignore it.• Don’t let facts and details stand in your way! If you can pass off a death by pneumonia as a “suicide,” do it! If a cause of death contradicts your conspiracy theory, claim it was “never determined.” If your chronology of events is impossible, who cares? It’s not like anybody is going to check up on this stuff…This can be read also as the “Infallible Recipe for Hiding Institutional Crimes.””It is a conspiracy theory, you fool! Rabin was assassinated by Yigal Amir. Avishai Raviv, Roni Kempler and the clumsy bodyguards were just lucky coincidences,”++ the civil servant ridicules the citizen while laughing vigorously and purposely ignoring the Court findings. A special course had taught him to laugh credibly, without sounding malevolent or of conspiratory nature.


Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Obituary Banner in the Hebrew Media

A Rabbi Threatens IsraelThe original Ultra-Orthodox party is Agudat Yisrael (roughly “Israel’s Union”), founded in Poland in 1912. It participated in most Israeli coalitions. For most of the existence of the State of Israel, they have headed the Finance Committee of the Knesset. In this position, they have been able to secure funds for their institutions. Most of its members are Hasidim.*In 1988, Degel HaTorah (“Flag of the Pentateuch” in Hebrew) separated from Agudat Yisrael. The new party included the Lithuanian Haredim, thus they are also known as “The Opposers” (to Hasidic Agudat Israel). In 2012, died the party’s spiritual Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, who was well above 100 years old.These two parties are closely related. More often than not run together for the Knesset, under the name Yahadut HaTorah (known as United Torah Judaism in English). After the 2013 elections, the union has seven members in the Knesset (out of 120 in total).A more significant split occurred in 1984, when Rabbi Ovadia Yosef took the Mizrahi Jews from Agudat Yisrael and formed the Shas party. The party became a hit; currently it has 11 members in the Knesset. It became an almost constant part of Israeli governments and is known to favor leading the Ministry of Interior, where it accumulated immense power in the management of civil affairs in Israel.Yet, Netanyahu left the party out of his current coalition.Second, he promoted a cultural unification of the various Jewish liturgical traditions. This is extremely important; he preaches the unification of all traditions according to the “Shulchan Aruch” published by Yosef Karo in 1563. The name means “Set Table” and is the most extensive Code of Jewish Law. It generally follows Sephardi traditions. Shortly afterwards, Rabbi Moses Isserles published his notes to the “set table,” usually known as “mappah” (tablecloth). The combination is an acceptable way of solving liturgical discrepancies among the bulk of Jews, namely Sephardic and Ashkenazi. This scares the State to death; as often analyzed in this website, Israel favors policies of “Divide and Rule.” Unification of Jewish traditions is a real threat to the Humanist-fanatic state.For these, Rabbi Yosef was considered a serious threat by the corrupt Zionist establishment.In late 2012, Deri decided to return to politics, and was placed second on Shas’ list behind Eli Yishai. Regardless of the situation, Deri makes smart decisions. Shas campaign is not centering on his return despite its being the main news of this campaign but in the evils of the secular state. On December 27, 2012, Aryeh Deri said about Likud, “once the party of the people, it has turned into an arrogant and haughty party that represents Russians and whites,” and cost Netanyahu’s party valuable votes. Lieberman with a “kipah,” Netanyahu as a leader obtuse to social needs. “Revenge” is the word, “religious war” is the reality.Recently, in The Wizard of Shas Returns, I described Deri’s first spectacular success, when he blocked the Zionist candidate to Chief Rabbi while placing Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s son in the post, as Rabbi Yosef had been in the past. It was a powerful message of the rebirth of Shas.During the elections day, Deri spent the entire day with his spiritual mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. They weren’t praying. Deri was cooing key electors by inviting them to a personal meeting with his rabbi. This is not a meaningless secretarial job; Ultra-Orthodox rabbis are also ultra-territorial, they seldom cooperate. Deri did what in Hebrew is called “committed suicide on the task.” He gave everything he had, and then once again. After that, he gave everything one more time; unstoppable wisdom confronting lazy Zionism. Deri brought them all. Yosef charmed them. Their candidates wiped out Religious Zionism.The State panicked.Killing Yosef?The death of Rabbi Yosef was announced on September 24 (Netanyahu’s Premature Joy on a Pending Death). President Shimon Peres made an outrageous statement letting everybody know where his heart was.Several of the probably hundreds of articles published since then on the topic mentioned an odd fact. Rabbi Ovadia’s death was premature. He was 93, but such prominent rabbis live atop cotton cushions; they seldom die before they start their second century.Yet, his heart disease worsened suddenly and unexpectedly. Like in the case of Ariel Sharon,$ also Rabbi Yosef seems to have fallen victim to the Mengelian doctors working for the State.Sadly, this horror is not restricted to political figures. I analyzed additional events in Israel’s Eugenics Program: Dr. Mengele Blues and State of Israel Forced the Sterilization of Ethiopian Women. The second also links to additional testimonies of Israel’s institutional medical crimes.A heart attack at the age of 93 can be easily disguised. Yet, the man lived well until his September 2013 visit to the hospital. Yet, the man was undesired by the Zionist political top echelon. He died prematurely in events that remind of previous State-assassinations, shortly after his party won a spectacular victory.Is this a conspiracy theory? Will Netanyahu send a civil servant to ridicule and laugh at me?It doesn’t matter. As stated after the death was announced in late September in another extraordinary example of Zionist Precognition, the Zionist’s joy is still premature. Evil won’t win.———+ He was regarded as an important “Posek Halaha,” an “Halkha Ruler.” “Psak Halakha” (s), or “Piskei Halakha” (p), are “Rulings of the Jewish Law,” which are parallel to the Muslim Shari’a. Halakha is the Jewish religious law, a body of legislation parallel to Muslim Shar’ia. Its most comprehensive text is the “Shulchan Aruch ” published by Yosef Karo in 1563. The name means “Set Table” and is the most extensive Code of Jewish Law. It generally follows Sephardi traditions. Shortly afterwards, Rabbi Moses Isserles published his notes to the “set table,” usually known as “mappah” (tablecloth). The combination is an acceptable way of solving liturgical discrepancies among the bulk of Jews, namely Sephardic and Ashkenazi.++ The Shin Beth secret police was proven in Israeli Court to be involved in the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, their boss.
Their agitating agent, Avishai Raviv (code “Agent Champagne”) was disclosed in Court, the assassin had been trained in the use of short-weapons by them, and their bodyguards had opened a path for the assassin to reach his target. Finally, the assassination was filmed by Roni Kempler who had open links with them while he was standing within the “sterile area” surrounding what then was called “Kings of Israel Square” and afterwards became the “Rabin Square.”
Raviv knew that and reported Yigal Amir’s plan to assassinate Yitzhak Rabin, based on “din rodef,” law of the pursuer, which rabbis interpret as allowing the killing of another Jew to prevent him from handing Jewish land over to non-Jews. Despite that, the Shin Beth did not stop Amir.
The most troubling part of this story is that “The Jerusalem Post,” an English, right-wing newspaper published in Jerusalem, reported witnesses having heard Raviv telling Amir: “Be a man! Kill him already!” Later on, Raviv’s name came out during Amir’s trial. It was published that his operational code was “Champagne.” Nothing seems more appropriate for an agitating agent, which is a better definition to the role he performed. Yet, the Court, which enjoys State-salaries, freed him.
Even if some of the details will never be known, it has been proven in Israeli Court that there was a civil servants conspiracy to murder Rabin, their boss. See Shin Beth: Netanyahu in the Cross Hairs.”Hasidim” owe their name to the Hebrew word “hesed,” which means “kindness,” or “charity.” They separated from the Haredim in the 18th Century, when Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov began preaching for a less legalistic interpretation of the Pentateuch, for a Judaism based on spirituality and joy. Instead, he created a branch that is characterized by the veneration of leadership as intercessors of God. In the past, some Haredim defined them as a sect. The ultra-mystical Kabbalist Jews may be found in Hasidic and Haredi-bound yeshivot (colleges).
However, this is not the entire picture. An important part of the religious Jews is made up by the abovementioned Religious-Zionists, who go to the army as seculars do. For the sake of American readers, I must emphasize that all of them practice Orthodox Judaism; Reform and Conservative Jews are not part of this.
Jewish redemption is far from the Spiritual Redemption professed by Christians. Jews expect a physical redemption based on a Godly Kingdom in the Land of Israel. All the religious interpretations until the 19th Century didn’t leave any place to a Zionist party rushing to conquer Arab lands. That was the role of a future Messiah. Thus, any cooperation between Zionists and Orthodox Jews was impossible.
Then a Maoist-styled Giant Leap Forward took place and things changed. Traditionally, the Jewish Orthodoxy believed that the abovementioned redemption would arrive in two stages. The early stage is called “Messiah Son of Joseph,” and would include the physical stages of bringing the Jewish people together; this stage is symbolized by a bull. The second stage is the “Messiah Son of David,” when a spiritual Messiah would restore the Kingdom of God. This stage is symbolized by a donkey; Christian readers would immediately recognize Jesus triumphal entry to Jerusalem riding one (John 12:12-16). In the 19th Century, Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, was one of the Orthodox Jews who created the base for cooperation between Zionists and Pharisees.
What he did was simple, and is known as “Hamoro shel Mashiah” (“Messiah’s Donkey” in Hebrew, a book by this name was published in 1998). He claimed the secular Jews (i.e. the Zionists) can take the place of “Messiah Son of Joseph” as a collective entity, creating the base that would allow Ultra-Orthodox Jews to produce the “Messiah Son of David” in the new and secular state. It worked. The political alliance produced a state accepted by most Jews.
Neturei Karta is one of the few Jewish groups that do not accept this unholy contraption.**“Restoring the Crown to its Old State” (“Leahzir Atara LeYoshna”) was the Shas party’s slogan during its first years; it’s an excellent summary of Ovadia Yosef, the party’s leader views. It means restoring the pride of Mizrahi Jews, which suffer from discrimination in Israel; it also means rejecting Kabbalah wherever it contradicts earlier writings; in other words, he isn’t a mystic. Yosef holds a Halakhically ambivalent view towards Zionism, considering it “Atchalta D’Geula” (“Redemption’s Beginning” in Aramaic; almost equal to the Hebrew). In 2010, Rabbi Yosef and Shas’ “Moetzet Chachamei HaTorah” (Council of Torah-Sages) approved the party’s membership in the World Zionist Organization, transforming it into the first Zionist-Haredi party in Israel. Yet, that’s only due to political interests. In an interview, Yosef said, “What is a Zionist? By our understanding, a Zionist is a person who loves Zion and practices the commandment of settling the land. Whenever I am overseas, I encourage Aliyah [immigration to Israel]. In what way are they more Zionist than us?”$ A published Pulsa diNura cursing-event is related to the odd stroke of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. After the Eskin faced troubles for his 1995 curse, the perpetrators of this one were careful not to identify themselves.
In July 2005, opponents of the Gaza pullout plan recited the Pulsa diNura in the old cemetery of Rosh Pina, asking the Angel of Death to kill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The Shin Beth also opposed the withdrawal plan.
Seven months later, he was clumsily taken in an ambulance to the hospital during Jerusalem’s rush hour, instead of being taken with the standby helicopter available to Prime Ministers. Along the way—oops!—he was given the wrong drug. Since then he is in a coma. Shin Beth agents refuse to comment.+
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Ridiculing Conspiracy


On October 6, 2013, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died in Jerusalem. He was widely considered as the most significant Halakha Ruler+ of this generation. His burial will take place today, October 7, at 6PM Jerusalem Time. Hundreds of thousands are expected to participate in this event.Meanwhile, the State’s highest Zionist officials breathe lightly after decades of fear from one of the mains threats against Zionism.



Rabbi Ovadia Yosef
Note Israel’s State Propaganda: The War Within: Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Threat to Democracy and the Nation

Conspiracies by civil servants in Israel are undeniable. The Shin Beth secret police acknowledged in Court its involvement in the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin.++Yet, the existence of conspiracies is not good for the public image of those involved in them. One way of dealing with this inconvenient aspect is ridiculing the conspiracy effort. Specific attacks on a given theory are probably less effective than a comprehensive attack on all of them.An efficient way of achieving that is filling the media with obviously false conspiracy theories so that the entire field loses its weight. “Israeli submarines attacked the Titanic in 1912,” blared the headlines of The New Yorker Conspiracies. At first, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef looks as the epitome of the unholy alliance between Jewish Ultra-Orthodoxy and Zionists; created in the 19th century, this alliance allowed the foundation of the State of Israel. After all, he was the first prominent rabbi to proclaim himself “Zionist.”**Yet, two other parts of his doctrine transform him into undesirable in the eyes of Jewish secularists. First, he opposes a secular state. Yosef opposes bringing civil actions to Israeli courts because they decide outcomes by applying Israeli law rather than Jewish-Halakha. Rejecting its legal system equals rejecting the foundations of the State of Israel, and thus discloses the party’s intention of founding a future Halakhic state, based on the Talmud.Since the late 1980s, his Shas party was targeted by the State of Israel as undesirable. Since its views were legal, the State adopted a different tactic: entrapment.In the Zionist Paradise, entrapment is the State’s favorite way of achieving revenge, its highest value. Shas got political prominence thanks to a charismatic follower of Ovadia Yosef. Aryeh Deri became the political leader of Shas and a government minister at the age of 24. His becoming prime minister in the near future seemed a fact. Alas, in 2000, he was entrapped in a bribe affair and sent to jail. He was replaced by Eli Yishai, who lacked the charisma of Deri. Shas strength deteriorated. Other leaders of the party were framed using similar tactics; nobody had warned them that the State uses illegitimate means.* For unknown reasons, both Haredim and Hasidim Ultra-Orthodox Jews favor clothes that were fashionable in the 17th Century Eastern Europe. Even their Mizrahi and Sephardic members dress in such a way. Not only does that make little sense in the hot summers of the Holy Land, but it also makes differentiating between these two groups a Herculean task (please forgive my Greek digression). Yet, they differ in their interpretation of Judaism more than Catholic and Evangelic groups do in Christianity.
“Haredim” owe their name to Prophet Isaiah: “Hear the word of the LORD, ye that tremble at his word” (Isaiah 66:5). The Hebrew word “harada” means “fearful,” “anxious.” Thus Haredim are those who fear the word of God and thus are the more legalistic followers of the Jewish religion. Yet, they do not base themselves on the Bible for their observance of the law, but mainly on interpretations appearing in the Talmud and related literature. They are also known as Ultra-Orthodox Jews. Within this large group, there is an important subdivision. There are “Haredim” and “Lithuanian Haredim,” the last belong to groups linked to the former Grand Duchy of Lithuania.


The Grand Duchy of Lithuania

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