Israel’s former chief rabbi Eliahou Bakshi-Doron, died yesterday, Easter Sunday of the pandemic coronavirus. This was made public by the Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem.
Eliahou Bakshi-Doron, 79, who was the Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel between 1993 and 2003 was born in Jerusalem in 1941, he was chief rabbi of the northern port city of Haifa for 18 years before being elected chief rabbi of Israel.
He met Pope John Paul II in 2000 during the pontiff’s visit to Israel, criticizing some ultra-Orthodox rabbis.
An advocate of interfaith dialogue, he increased engagement with Muslim and Christian leaders.
His reputation was, however, somewhat tarnished when he was suspended for a year and later sent to prison for corruption and breach of trust in 2017.
Israel hospital explained that The rabbi was hospitalized few days ago but suffered from pre-existing conditions that led to his condition deteriorating.