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5 Tishrei 5760 - September 15, 1999 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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New Chief Rabbis in Hatzor Haglilit

by Aryeh Zisman

Two new chief rabbis have been chosen for Hatzor Haglilit. Rabbi Tzvi Yitzchok Abramowitz, rav of the local Chassidic community, has been chosen as the Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi. Rav Mordechai Dei'i, son of the town's former rav, Chief Rabbi Rav Azizi Dei'i zt"l, has been chosen the Sephardi Chief Rabbi. Residents of this northern town are very pleased by the results of the elections.

The electing body included 18 members, 17 of whom were present at the voting. Rav Abramowitz received 16 votes, and Rav Dei'i 15. The sweeping majority which elected these two rabbonim bears witness to the high esteem in which they are held.

Rav Tzvi Yitzchok Abramowitz, author of Taam Tzvi, has been serving in the rabbinate for scores of years. He first served as a rav in Tel Aviv. For the last 22 years, he has been officiating as rav of the Chassidic community of Hatzor Haglilit, composed largely of Ger chassidim. He helped to strengthen the foundation of the Chassidic community, which is a beacon for the entire northern region and for all nearby settlements on the confrontation line. His droshos and shiurim have drawn many from the Chassidic community as well as from the entire town. Activists of the local chareidi community consult him on every issue.

Rav Mordechai Dei'i, who served for ten years as a local neighborhood rav, was elected Sephardi Chief Rabbi. Beloved by local residents, his father, Rav Azizi Dei'i, zt"l, presided as Sephardi rabbi of the town until his petirah. In his former position, the rav also handled marriage issues in the local Religious Council.

Residents of Hatzor Haglilit, the majority of whom are traditional, are very pleased by the election results. Activists of the religious and chareidi communities hope that the new chief rabbis will be of much help in their efforts to spread and strengthen the light of Torah in this Galilean town.

It should also be noted that Rav Yonah Torchin, who was endorsed by virtually all the gedolim, was elected rav of Yehud by a large margin on 17 Elul. He has been active in the community there for many years, and he follows in the footsteps of his father, Rav Nisan zt"l, who was sent out by the Chazon Ish to Yehud some fifty years ago.

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