Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israeli spiritual leader, dies

Mourners gather outside the Jerusalem home of <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/07/world/meast/israel-spiritual-leader-death/'>Rabbi Ovadia Yosef</a>, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, on Monday, October 7. Yosef, 93, died after medical complications from a stroke he suffered earlier this year. He was considered the leading authority in religious rulings in the realm of Jewish law and was a founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, playing a pivotal role in Israeli politics.

Mourners gather outside the Jerusalem home of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, on Monday, October 7. Yosef, 93, died after medical complications from a stroke he suffered earlier this year. He was considered the leading authority in religious rulings in the realm of Jewish law and was a founder of the ultra-Orthodox Shas Party, playing a pivotal role in Israeli politics.