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Body of Venerated Moroccan Sage Comes Home to Jerusalem

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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 Jewish Community during the Middle Eastern Crisis, an article written by Lawrence Rosen in The American Scholar in 1968.”

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