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Thousands Attend Funeral of Murdered Rabbi

Rabbi Elazar Abuchatzeira was laid to rest on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, following his stabbing murder by a visitor to the Yeshiva in Beer Sheva where the rabbi was greeting guests just after midnight Friday morning.

Thousands attended the funeral procession of the revered Kabbalist, which began in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah Shearim in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of Shas eulogized Abuchatzeira, and Israelis Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar were also in attendance, as were many Haredi religious and political leaders.

Abuchatzeira, 62, was the grandson of Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzeira (known as the Baba Sali), who was a leader of the large aliyah of Moroccan Jews in the 1950s and thought to be a miracle worker.

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