Chief Rabbi of Paris, David Mashash dies at 77

November 20, 2011 18:07

The Chief Rabbi of Paris, Rabbi David Mashash, passed away on Sunday at the age of 77. He had served the Parisian Jewish community for 16 years as the city’s senior Orthodox leader. Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar, currently in Paris, was expected to give the main eulogy for Mashash, who will be flown out to Israel and buried on Har Menuchot on Monday morning.

Mashash was born in the city of Meknes, Morocco, in 1934, the son of Shalom Mashash, former Chief Rabbi of Morocco and later Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. President of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions Richard Prasquier described Messas as the spiritual soul and backbone of the Jewish community in Paris and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon praised Mashash’s work as a spiritual leader who had helped “build a Jewish future in Paris and beyond.”

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