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Led by the Kingdom’s chief rabbinical judge, thousands of Jews visit Morocco

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Yoshiyahu Pinto surrounded by Jewish pilgrims in Morocco. / Yeshiva World

Thousands of Jews visited Morocco, Thursday, accompanied by Yoshiyahu Pinto, who was recently appointed as the chief rabbinical judge of Morocco, to attend the hillula of Rabbi Ḥaim Pinto, a former leading rabbi in the seaport city of Essaouira.

According to the Yeshiva World, thousands of Jews visited the tomb of Rabbi Haim Pinto and celebrated the «coronation of the rabbonim of Shuvu Yisrael in all branches worldwide».

Participants went to the city of Casablanca where they spent Shabbat, Judaism's day of rest and seventh day of the week. They erected a large tent next to the Grand Mogador Hotel in the city, where they gathered.

During this visit, Yoshiyahu Pinto hailed the «special relationship maintained with the local Jewish community by King Mohammed VI», adding : «We respect the kingdom, which is a kingdom of grace».

In March, the Council of Israelite Communities of Morocco (CCIM) announced that Rav Yoshiyahu Pinto «has been sworn in as the chief rabbinical judge in Morocco», also known as «Av Beth Din».

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