The Champion of Zion: Hakham Mordehai Eliyahu, shelita

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by Shelomo Alfassa

I wish to thank my friend Amb. Yossi Ben-Aharon for contributing toward this essay.

Hakham Mordehai Eliyahu has been in the recent news after suffering major health ailments, yet, he remains strong. During this period, where calls for public prayers in his name have been established, some unfamiliar with him have asked, "who is this rabbi?"

Hakham Mordehai Eliyahu is the former Chief Sephardic Rabbi of Israel that served from 1982 to 1993 and is a member of the Bet Din Harabani Hagadol (Supreme Rabbinical Court) based in Jerusalem. Hakham Eliyahu is considered one of the leading Zionist rabbis and certainly one of the most popular and charismatic rabbinical leaders in all of Israel.

The rabbi was born in the Old City of Jerusalem in British-occupied Palestine during the dark year of 1929 when Arabs attacked, killed and maimed over 100 Jews throughout Hebron, Jaffa, Safed and other towns. A consequence of these sad events was an increased growth in Jewish nationalism and intensification of Jewish self-determination for Jews all over the holy land. Hakham Eliyahu's upbringing was one imbibed with a rigorous love of the land of Israel which helped him become a staunch defender of such, first inspired by his father, the Iraqi-born rabbi, Hakham Salman Eliyahu (1878-1940). The elder Eliyahu was not only considered a respected rabbi and mekubal (kabbalist) of Jerusalem, but he also had been educated in London. As a result of his Western education, he later served as personal secretary of the British High Commissioner of the Palestine British Mandate, Lord Herbert L. Samuel (1870-1963) -- the first Jew to govern the historic land of Israel in 2,000 years...

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