Former chief rabbi Avraham Shapira in critical condition

September 17, 2007 22:01

Rabbi Avraham Elkana Shapira, 90, head of Mercaz Harav Yeshiva and one of the most senior spiritual leaders of religious Zionism remained in critical condition Monday evening due to illness. On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., a special prayer session will be held at the Kotel for his speedy recovery, announced Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. Shapira, son of Heneh Raisel, was Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel between 1983 and 1993. In 2005, Shapira led a group of rabbis that called on religious IDF soldiers to refuse orders to evict Jews from their homes in Gaza and Northern Samaria. Shapira learned at Etz Haim and Hebron Yeshivot before coming to Mercaz Harav.

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