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Former Israeli chief rabbi Mordechai Eliahu dies at 81

(WJC)–Over 100,000 mourners have attended the funeral of the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, Mordechai Eliahu, in Jerusalem. He died on Monday at the age of 81. Eliahu, considered a key spiritual leader of the religious Zionist community, played a major role in moving parts of this community closer to ultra-Orthodox thought and practice, spawning what became known as the Hardal movement.

Eliahu was also a spiritual patron of the settler movement, national religious political parties and various right-wing organizations. He was revered by Ashkenazi and Sephardic religious Zionists alike, and despite his Zionism was also widely respected by ultra-Orthodox rabbis.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement expressing the sadness at the loss of a great rabbinic leader. Chief rabbis Shlomo Amar and the Yona Metzger spoke at the funeral.

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Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress.

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