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Bamba at Heart of Rabbinic Dispute

By Devra Ferst

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An absurd argument over blessing snack food may help decide the future leader of Jerusalem’s Sephardi movement.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Rabbi David Yosef, the two sons of Chief Sephardi Rabbi of Jerusalem Ovadia Yosef, leading Sephardi authority and spiritual leader of the political group Shas, have long fought over inheriting their elderly father’s kingdom. However, the feud has recently taken a turn for the ridiculous. The siblings are currently engaged in a public fight over which blessing to recite over Bamba, the peanut-buttery corn puff snack which is one of Israel’s most popular junk foods.

Both sons believe whoever wins the argument will be one step closer to their father’s blessing and kingdom.



Comments
Rabbi Lawrence Eliezer Finkelstein Thu. Jun 18, 2009

One would hope that such stuff & nonsense would work as a warning to those in America who take the Israeli Council of Chief Rabbis all too seriously.

Richard Kefalos Thu. Jun 18, 2009

Wow, nuts fighting over nuts - the latest news from the religio-bizarrosphere. "God" will know his own nuts.

Belinda Salzberg Fri. Jun 26, 2009

Oh goodie!! Does that mean that there are CHOICES? How wonderful is THAT! I think G-d would be happy with any blessing one used.

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