The Legacy of Maran Hacham Ovadia Yosef
Author: Yehuda Azoulay and Rabbi Ravia
The sun has disappeared beyond the horizon and the sky has darkened…But the flame of Maran’s legacy still shines brightly. Hacham Ovadia Yosef a” h meant so many things to so many people. He was the universal leader of Sephardic Jewry, yet he remained humble enough to connect to the “man on the street.” He was known for his extraordinary knowledge and love of Torah, the study of which filled him with endless pleasure. His concern for every Jew and his boundless ahavat Yisrael showed in everything he did. He succeeded in his noble mission of “lehachzir atarah l’yoshnah” with the goal of restoring Sephardic pride and historic fame, in Israel and throughout the world. He reached out to unaffiliated Jews of all types, yet he battled unflinchingly against those who sought to alter or destroy authentic Judaism. He was the ultimate halachic authority and the unquestioned scholar on Sephardic Jewish law. In his position as Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel, he served as an ambassador of Torah Judaism to the world at large.
An accurate portrayal of the legacy of Maran a”h would fill volumes. In this book, noted authors Yehuda Azoulay and Rabbi Haim Shimon Ravia (Melech B’yofyo) have collected hundreds of stories and anecdotes that illustrate many of the ideals that Hacham Ovadia represented. Just as “a picture is worth a thousand words,” so too, a good story can be worth a hundred eulogies. This is a book that will inspire young and old, and belongs in every Jewish home.
Author: Yehuda Azoulay
Publisher: Israel Book Shop Media: Book Format: Hardcover Length: 464 Pages ISBN: 978-1-60091-229-0
Rabbi Haim Yosef David Azoulay, the Hida, was one of the greatest, as well as most intriguing, Torah personalities of his generation. A leading scholar and prolific writer who was proficient in every aspect of Torah literature, including Halachah, Talmud, homiletics, and Kabbalah, he was also an extensive traveler who toured the world on his shelihut missions and displayed a passionate fascination and interest in all areas of life, including history and the study and application of gematriot and segulot. He was a person about whom it was said that, as hinted to in his name, he was truly a “hidah,” a riddle, a wonder—a person whose achievements seem far too encompassing for one individual.
A Legend of Greatness: The Life and Times of Rabbi Haim Yosef David Azoulay seeks to uncover and reveal the great Torah leader whose very name and essence seem to be enshrouded in an aura of mystery. Written by noted author Yehuda Azoulay, whose other books, A Legacy of Leaders Volume I and II and Ben Ish Hai, have become indispensable by those wishing to gain an understanding and appreciation of our Sephardic gedolim, this latest gem in the Sephardic Legacy Series will provide both Ashkenazic and Sephardic readers with a penetrating glimpse into the captivating, colorful life and times of the Hida.
Author: Yehuda Azoulay
Publisher: Israel Book Shop Media: Book Format: Hardcover Length: 416 Pages ISBN: 978-1-60091-125-5
The Ben Ish Hai. Rabbenu Yosef Haim. The author of Rav Pe’alim, Ben Ish Hai, and many other precious works and sefarim…the paradigm of total humility even amidst his towering greatness…the hacham whose ruah hakodesh and special level of holiness and connection to Hashem allowed him to perform astounding miracles on behalf of the Jewish people…
Who was this righteous and holy tzaddik, this giant of Sephardic Jewry whose Torah teachings and halachic responsa from Bavel spread throughout the entire Jewish world, influencing Jewish history forever; the one about whom it is said that there is no one in our generation like him in his expertise in the words of kabbalah and the Ari zt”l?
In this magnificent biography of the Ben Ish Hai, Yehuda Azoulay, noted author of A Legacy of Leaders Volumes I and II, as well as founder of the Sephardic Legacy Series, paints an accurate and vivid portrait of this multi-faceted tzaddik and hacham. Readers will emerge from this book with a most profound understanding of the life and the times of the Ben Ish Hai, as well as an unprecedented appreciation for who this tremendous posek hador was.
Publisher: Israel Book Shop Media: Book Format: Hard Cover Length: 368 Pages ISBN: 978-1-60091-088-3
The Meam Loez… the Pele Yoetz… Hacham Abdallah Somech… Baba Meir… Hacham Yaakob Kassin… Hacham Baruch Ben-Haim. These are only a few of the great hachamim who are the legacy of Sephardic Jewry. These Sages were a stronghold of Torah for the Jews of their times, yet how much do we truly know about them? A Legacy of Leaders, Volume Two contains over twenty biographical profiles on recent great Sephardic hachamim, and over one hundred inspirational stories about them. It also explores numerous historic Sephardic communities, some of which date back to the times of the first Bet Hamikdash.
A Legacy of Leaders is a book for the full spectrum of readers, and it will truly inspire Jews of all backgrounds.
Publisher: Israel Book Shop Media: Book Format: Hard Cover Length: 384 Pages ISBN: 978-1-60091-048-7
The Ohr Hahaim… the Rashash… the Hida… Hacham Ezra Attia… Ben Ish Hai… the Sdei Hemed and Baba Sali. These are only a few of the great hachamim who are the legacy of Sephardic Jewry. They were a stronghold of Torah for the Jews of their times, both Sephardic and Ashkenazic; yet, how much do we know about them?
Finally, here is a wondrous, scrupulously researched collection of over one hundred stories about these revered hachamim. It brings their rich, spiritual legacy to life, providing inspiration to readers from all backgrounds.
This is the birthright of Sephardim; it is prosperity far greater than material wealth. It is a heritage of greatness in Torah and mitzvot, and we must be proud of it and cherish it forever.
This is a book for the full spectrum of readers: Sephardim and Ashkenazim, young and old, educators and students, parents and children. A Legacy of Leaders is the only book of its kind to date, and it is destined to become a classic – both in the classroom and at home.
Other Projects by Sephardic Legacy Series
Author: Yehuda Azoulay – Book: NOS Tsadikim – Histoires exaltants et biographies des Sages sepharades
Publisher: Editions Hinoukh Publishers
Format: Hard Cover
Sephardic Legacy Series also offers unique projects like a Bar-Mitzvah book and other possible gifts for dinners and events. This book was released on August,23rd,2009 in London England for a Bar-Mitzvah gift given out to all guest!
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Leather bound editions of customized books are also available in black,blue or green cover, and inscriptions can be submitted as well in English or Hebrew. For more information, contact us here.
Hazan R’ Yaakov Azuelos from Morocco was a great Paytan (singer) who sang at the synagogue of R’ Shalom Messas for over thirty years.
R’ Yaakov’s son approached Sephardic Legacy Series to write about his biography and preserve his cherished music for Moroccan Jewry. For more info contact us.
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