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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Wednesday, October 18, 2017


Rabbi Reuven Ajeyani, who led the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Sefrou, Morocco, before World War II and died 70 years ago, was famous throughout the Jewish world for the breadth of his Torah and Kabbalah knowledge and for his blessings for help from G-d.  As is the case with only a few great Torah sages, his body has not decomposed over 70 years and was buried intact 70 years later this month in Jerusalem.
Tragically, there is no yeshiva today in Sefrou since a large wave of North African Jews immigrated to Israel in the early 1950s. Sefrou has a population of about 30,000 and is located about 14 miles south of Fez. Before then, there were 6,000 Jews in Sefrou. By 1967 and the Six-Day War, only 650 Jews remained in Sefrou “according to A Moroccan

This week’s haftarah describes an aging King David, echoing this week’s Torah reading, which mentions that “Abraham was was old, advanced in days.”
King David was aging, and he was perpetually cold. A young maiden, Abishag of Shunam, was recruited to serve and provide warmth for the elderly monarch.
Seeing his father advancing in age, Adoniahu, one of King David’s sons, seized the opportunity to prepare the ground for his ascension to his father’s throne upon the latter’s passing – despite King

The Holiness of Hebron
All political considerations aside, it is worthwhile to understand Hebron’s place in Jewish thought.
The Torah introduces us to Hebron in this week’s Torah portion, Chayei Sarah. The parsha opens with a description of Sarah’s burial. Abraham, wanting to find a grave for his wife, approaches the Hittites, asking for a particular burial spot - the cave of Machpela. After some onerous bargaining with a wily character named Efron, Abraham purchases the land and buries Sarah