- Porat Yosef Yeshiva
The Porat Yosef Yeshiva ( _he. ישיבה פורת יוסף) is a
Sephardic yeshivain the Old City of Jerusalem.
Joseph Shalom, of
Calcutta, India, bought the building intending to have it used for a hospital. However, the Ben Ish Hai of Baghdadpersuaded him to endow a yeshiva instead. [Aharon Surasky, "V’zos La’yehuda", Jerusalem 1996, pg. 47.] The cornerstone was laid in 1914, but the First World Wardelayed its construction. The yeshivawas finally inaugurated in 1923 and consisted of a large "bet medrash" (study hall), two other smaller halls where married men studied, plus fifty other rooms including dormitories, offices and a library.
1948 Israel War of Independence, the building was destroyed and a new yeshivawas opened in the Geulah neighborhood, still in existence today. After the Six Day Wararchitect Moshe Safdierebuilt the Old City complex on the original site. The new building, based on the original design, evinces a present-day look, blending "traditional" with "modern". In both texture and colour, the stone walls echo the dominant building material of Jerusalem. The synagogue itself is a substantial structure of six stories, seating 450 worshippers. The edifice is covered by a large semitransparent dome that permits light to enter by day, while at night it glows with interior illumination.
Alumni of the yeshiva include: Rabbi
Ovadia Yosef, Rabbi Benzion Abba Shaul, Rabbi Yehuda Tzadkah, Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, Rabbi Sion Levy, Rabbi Saadya Lofes, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahuand Aryeh Deri.
Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel
*Rabbi Yehuda Tzadkah
*Rabbi Benzion Abba Shaul
References and footnotes
* "Where Heaven Touches Earth", Rabbi Dovid Rossoff, Guardian Press, Jerusalem 1999.
* [http://cac.mcgill.ca/safdie/searchengines/showrecord.php?id=118 Porat Yosef Yeshiva] in the Moshe Safdie hypermedia archive at
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