Hacham Yehuda Tzedaka, son of Simcha and Shaul, was born in 1910, in Jerusalem. He attended the Bnei Zion Talmud Torah as a child and then went on to study at the Porat Yeshiva yeshiva. In 1934, he married Fahima Battat and the couple went to live in Jerusalem's Geula neighborhood. He spent his last years living in the Beit Israel neighborhood.
In 1937, he was appointed by Hacham Ezra Attiah, his principal teacher, to teach at the Porat Yosef yeshiva; in 1970 he was appointed Rosh Yeshiva at Porat Yosef.
His wife died in 1979 and Hacham Yehuda Tzedaka was married a second time, to Tamar Soudri, the daughter of Maimon Soudri, who served as beadle of the Porat Yosef yeshiva in Jerusalem's Old City.
Hacham Yehuda Tzedaka passed away on 12 Heshvan 5752 (1991), and lies buried in the Sanhedria cemetery in Jerusalem.