Hagaon Harav Yosef’s Condition Still Serious But Improving

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Sephardic Chief Rabbi Harav Yitzchak Yosef delivers the weekly Torah lecture at Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef’s home in Yerushalayim on Motzoei Shabbos. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Sephardic Chief Rabbi Harav Yitzchak Yosef delivers the weekly Torah lecture at Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef’s home in Yerushalayim on Motzoei Shabbos. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Hagaon Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef, shlita, remained in what doctors described as “serious to very serious condition,” but showed a slight improvement on Sunday afternoon.

“The Rav had a quiet Shabbos. We are defining his condition as serious to very serious, but there are a number of signs that show a clear trend of improvement,” said Professor Dan Gilon of Hadassah University Medical at Ein Kerem in Yerushalayim.

“Father opened his eyes for several seconds this morning and moved his arm,” his son Harav Yitzchak Yosef — the newly appointed Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel — reported on Motzoei Shabbos. “A few days ago the doctors weren’t giving him a chance, and now, thank G-d, there’s improvement.”“It’s all in the merit of prayer,” he added. His son asked the public to continue davening for the speedy recovery of Harav Chaim Ovadia Yosef ben Georgia.

Many thousands attended a prayer assemblage for the Rav at the Kosel on Sunday night. Over 350 buses reportedly brought people to the site from all over Israel.

Harav Yitzchak Yosef delivered his father’s weekly Torah lecture.

Gilon, the cardiologist caring for the Rav, confirmed that he “is in the process of waking up” as his sedation is lifted.

Harav Yosef, 93, had been receiving treatment at Hadassah University Medical Center for blood pressure problems, as well as continuing to receive “mechanical treatment” for kidney function and heart rate. He has been sedated and on a respirator.