Amsterdam Chief Rabbi Meir Just dies

April 11, 2010 06:09


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Rabbi Meir Just, chief rabbi of Amsterdam, passed away at the age of 101 on Thursday. Just was born in Vyzhnytsia, Hungary – currently in Ukraine – and as a youth studied in important European yeshivot. After surviving the Holocaust, hidden by a gentile in Budapest along with his wife, Just was appointed as a rabbi in a Montreux, Switzerland, yeshiva. He spent nine years there before accepting the position in Amsterdam, which he filled for the next 45 years.

The Organization of Jewish Communities in the Netherlands was quoted by Radio Netherlands Worldwide as saying that the rabbi gave Dutch Judaism great significance. Just, who died in Amsterdam, will be buried in Israel on Sunday.  

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