A leader with compassion

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin conveys a powerful message in a Rosh Hashanah interview.

By MATAN DANSKER
September 6, 2018 18:17
Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in his office

Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin in his office. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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IT WAS a Thursday afternoon in Efrat, south of Jerusalem, and I sat nervously outside waiting for the community’s charismatic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin. Not nervous because I was about to interview one of my heroes, now 78, who had become Efrat's chief rabbi soon after immigrating to Israel from his native New York in 1983, with his wife, Victoria, and four children.

Rather, it was memories of the last time I sat outside that office. It was more than 13 years ago. I was a 13-year-old, gawky preteen, just two days before my bar mitzvah.

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