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Consider his party affiliation and how many voters that represents. Also look as how many times he was reelected to the Senate - surely a sign of popularity and influence. Now tell me how INFLUENTIAL this man was. You may not have heard of him, but rest assured, every voting-age American who keeps up with current affairs has heard of him.
Now please explain to me why a loud-mouthed Sephardic Jew from Israel makes it on your radar, but a loud-mouthed evangelical politician in America who undoubtedly had influence over many more people does not?
HughBe--- Who are you talking about?
COR---Now please explain to me why a loud-mouthed Sephardic Jew from Israel makes it on your radar, but a loud-mouthed evangelical politician in America who undoubtedly had influence over MANY MORE people does not?
HughBe--- The thing is you have FAILED to quantify the SPAN of influence for both men.
Yosef was the "Sephardi CHIEF Rabbi of ISRAEL" and yet you want to make out that he was NOT influential. All 3 of you meaning you, Eric and Frijoles have avoided critical questions and have all sought to diminish from Yosef and his influence.
Here are the lessons for all of you. First, Yosef was VERY VERY influential and your Christian nobody cannot be compared to him in terms of influence.
Second, STUDY what comes after and remain no longer in the dark.
1. "The looming death of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, an iconoclastic religious figure who CHANGED Israel’s political and religious landscape"
Comment: Certainly his lack of INFLUENCE CHANGED both the RELIGIOUS and POLITICAL arena.
2." pitting the largely Ashkenazi liberal SECULAR public against the mostly Sephardic, RELIGIOUS traditional one,
Comment: Note, "mostly Sephardic, RELIGIOUS" as opposed to "Ashkenazi liberal SECULAR" Get it? Yosef was the CHIEF Sephardi RABBI and so his INFLUENCE in religious matters was GREAT.
3."In the post, the young secular woman lamented the NATIONAL swansong over the rabbi, "
Comment: Certainly, "NATIONAL swansong" speaks to his lack of INFLUENCE and that is why it is NATIONAL.
4."He is considered by his followers – directly, ultra-Orthodox Sephardic public, and indirectly, the wider religious society – as a master sage, or Maran, and the generation’s GREATEST authority on religious law. Hence, his health is no laughing matter."
Comment: Certainly,"the generation’s GREATEST authority on religious law" has no INFLUENCE.
Plus, "his health is no laughing matter" shows lack of INFLUENCE.
THINK before you speak. ALL of you.