Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Library of Hacham Ovadia Yosef A"H boarded up to prevent "souvenir takers" during Shivah

The library of the Rav during the Shiva
6000 People were said to have come to pay their respects after the passing of Hacham Ovadia Yosef A"H. The massive library of the Hacham including thousands of volumes with the Hacham's handwritten notes, were boarded up for the duration of the Shiva to prevent anyone who in an emotional outburst might find it fitting to take home a book as as souvenir.

The Journalist Moshe Zamir suggested that the library was boarded up for another reason, to keep the Kabbalistic aspect of the Hacham hidden, the Hacham's Kabbalistic books and manuscripts. It is said that he left over in manuscript a commentary on Etz Hayyim of R. Haim Vital and much else, and for now, the family wants to keep it under covers. 

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