The late Rabbi Eliyahu Yosef She’ar Yashuv Cohen was set to be laid to rest Tuesday, after passing away at his Haifa home on Monday evening, at the age of 89.
Cohen was a prominent rabbi, serving as as Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Haifa, from 1975 until 2011, after which he was considered chief rabbi emeritus. The funeral procession set out on Tuesday morning from the late rabbi's home and was set to continue to Jerusalem later in the day. Cohen was born in Jerusalem and never ceased to consider it his home, even after his move to Haifa.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow at the rabbi's death, hailing him as a "great scholar, who always strove for unity among the people of Israel, as he did too for the various communities in the city of Haifa."