Perhaps, not much has changed in 2000 years. This picture is taken from an article in the New York Daily News about the funeral for Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jewish community and the ultra-Orthodox Shas party. This picture (there are many more showing the shrouded rabbi) is a Getty Image by Uriel Sinai. (Hat tip to Russ Breault)