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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef A Genius of Jewish Law

Joseph Dweck, Dayan Ivan Binstock

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When scholar and former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died aged 93 in October 2013, vast crowds attended his funeral. Yosef had an unrivalled breadth of learning and his decisions on religious issues were magisterial, if often lenient. Leading rabbis of distinct traditions discuss the late genius and lasting legacy of one of the foremost legal authorities of the Jewish world.

Joseph Dweck


Rabbi Joseph Dweck is the Senior Rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community of the United Kingdom. Rabbi Dweck is American born and has lived in Los Angeles, California and Brooklyn, New York. He studied in Jerusalem at Yeshiva Hazon Ovadia under the tutelage of former Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef z”l. Currently, Rabbi Dweck resides in London with his wife, Margalit, and five children.

Dayan Ivan Binstock

Dayan Ivan Binstock has been the Rabbi of the St John’s Wood Synagogue since 1995. He was formerly the minister of the Golders Green synagogue as well as the Finsbury Park Synagogue. Dayan Binstock combines his role as Minister for St John’s Wood Synagogue with a part-time position as a Dayan at the London Beth Din.