Chacham Ovadiah Davens for Mubarak


rav-ovadiah-yosefChacham Ovadia Yosef, head of the Shas party’s Moetzet Chachmei Hatorah, is davening for the wellbeing of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. The revelation was made during Rav Ovadiah’s weekly drasha onMotzoei Shabbos.

Mubarak, who was abandoned by the US and the Obama administration despite being Israel’s strongest ally in the Mideast, was charged with the killing of protesters and abuse of power. His trial resumed three weeks ago after a delay of almost two months.

“Mubarak brought honor to Egypt,” Chacham Ovadia said, adding that he davens that Hashem will impart the judges with the wisdom to find him innocent.

Mubarak, his two sons, the former interior minister and senior police officers face a range of charges including involvement in the deaths of hundreds of protesters and corruption during his three decades in office. Earlier this month, the prosecution in the case against Mubarak demanded the death sentence for the former Egyptian president and other defendants.

{Yair Israel}


  1. I’m not sure why they didn’t print the entire story, the reason why the Gadol said this.. Here is the rest of this story:

    The Rav explained:
    “I am not a politician. My intentions are L’Shem Shomayim. I will share something with you” the rav explained.

    He went on to explain that 28 years ago, when he was the chief rabbi of Israel a conference of engineers was held in Egypt to discuss making a road that would facilitate travel. The road as planned however would run through a Jewish cemetery.

    The rav explained that he traveled to Egypt with Aryeh Deri to address the situation regarding the planned roadway. The rav called upon the Israeli ambassador in Cairo to arrange a meeting with the president. “He agreed to meet and he greeted us warmly, with the honor extended to a king”.

    The rav explained how he told Mubarak that the planned road would compromise the kevarim, asking that the roadway be rerouted. Mubarak explained that doing so would entail significant additional costs but because the chief rabbi made the request he would accommodate him; and so he did. Rav Ovadia added there were other matters as well, which he cannot disclose, simply stating “whatever I asked he simply nodded his head and so it was”.

    “When the meeting ended they all left and I found myself alone with Mubarak. He turned to me and said ‘Rabbi, please give me a bracha. I believe in your bracha’. I placed my hand on his head and gave him a bracha. May it be His will that you rule for many days”.

    Rav Ovadia explained this occurred 28 years earlier and Mubarak ruled for over 30 years, adding this is not a regular occurrence and he believes the bracha was heard in Shomayim.

    Rav Ovadia explained just how Mubarak brought honor to his country as he became a leader who was respected around the world. “He prevented wars and is a man of peace, one who loves Israel and now he has fallen.”


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