I am speaking from an objective position. I don't really care what people think of him or about religion in general. I was just trying to explain my experience of him in different times of my life and how he is seen in the Orthodox Community which is a small minority of the Jewish population worldwide.<quoted text>
Nutjobs here--Most Jews in the world are not orthodox and most Jews out of Israel have no real connection to the religion.
HughBe--- The important point to note is that "most Jews out of Israel have NO real CONNECTION to the RELIGION." and this is KEY.
The fellows here use percentages to try and mislead. The truth is they are fooling only themselves.
Nutjobs here--Not sure what this whole argument here seems to be about but noone can doubt that he is considered one of the greatest Rabbis of our time.
HughBe--- I find your words CONFLICTING, Nutjobs.
How can you say that "noone can doubt that he is considered ONE of the GREATEST rabbis of our time" when MANY have NEVER heard of him?
If I have NEVER heard of someone I could NEVER be in a position to BELIEVE anything about him or her.
Finally, recall your words that conflict with the above--"outside the country the majority probably have NOT heard his name before"
So how could they consider Yosef a GREAT rabbi?
I should have said Jews outside of Israel have no real connection to the religious side to Judaism. He was one of the foremost Rabbis of my lifetime this doesn't mean that those outside the orthodox community would know who he is.
Wonder how many American Jews would be able to tell you who the Chief Rabbis of Israel are. They could probably only name the well known Reform Rabbis in the US.
I never said it was Jews outside Israel who consider him as such but At least those in Israel if not in the Orthodox world.
Again the Majority of Jews in the world have no connection to orthodoxy or Rabbis in general so this doesn't mean much.
I have major Rabbis in my family and i couldn't even tell you their names. This is the point if you are not inside the community you may never hear these names even if they are well known.
As for influence IMO he didn't have much but maybe I am wrong.