Chief Rabbi of Morocco Monsonego dies

 Rabbi Monsonego with the King of Morocco

The death of Rabbi Aaron Monsonego, Chief Rabbi of Morocco since 1998, was  reported on 7 August. He died in Shaare Tsedek hospital, Jerusalem according to Morocco News:

Monsonego
was a significant figure in the history of Jewish Morocco. Born in
1929, he was the son of Yedidya, the rabbi of Fez. Between 1945 and
1952, he studied at the Talmudic and Science High School in
Aix-les-Bains, eastern France, where he also taught between 1950 and
1952. He obtained his rabbinic diploma and (qualified as a) judge (dayan) at the Council of
the Three Great Orthodox Rabbis of Paris in 1951.

In 1952,
Monsonego returned to Morocco following the call of Itshak Chalom,
president of the Jewish community of Casablanca. Monsonego ran the
Talmud Torah school in Casablanca, which, at that time, had more than
1,500 students. Rabbi Aharon Monsonego has been head of Morocco’s chief
rabbinate since 1998, when he was appointed to replace Shimon Suissa,
his predecessor.

Due to
his elderly age and worsening health, Monsonego decided to leave Morocco
for Israel four years ago, in order to be able to live his last years
with his children.


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