RABBI BINYOMIN JACOBS speaks with Queen Beatrix 370.
(photo credit: RCE)
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands on Friday morning made Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs an
officer of the Order of Orange Nassau.
The head of state gave the title
to the 63-year-old rabbi, who is the religious leader of the country’s Jewish
communities outside Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague, in a festive
“This is an important day for Jews in this part of the world,”
said Benoit Wesly, the head of the Jewish community of Limburg. “The title
bestowed on Jacobs is a great honor to all Jews in the country. It’s a source of
great pride for us and we thank the Almighty for helping Jacobs receive such an
In recent years Jacobs, who is a member of the Rabbinical Council
of the Rabbinical Center of Europe, has been one of the most outspoken
defendants of kosher slaughter, schita, giving interviews and taking part in
debates opposing those who would have it banned on grounds that it violated