Yesterday’s funeral of Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri drew over 200,000 mourners who jammed Jerusalem’s Bukhari neighbourhood. Rabbi Kaduri, who passed away Saturday night after a brief illness was estimated to be at least 106 yeaars old. He was considered one of the last great kabbalists and often had miraculous powers attributed to him.
In his eulogy, Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar relayed to the teeming mass of humanity that gathered outside the yeshiva Kaduri’s wish that each and every person present accept upon himself or herself one good deed… “He was sacrificed for all of us,” said Amar. “We must repent.” Rabbi Reuven Elbaz, known as the head of the”tshuva movement,” a grassroots push to encourage religious observance, spoke of Kaduri’s righteousness in heart piercing lamentations… “He was our spiritual light tower,” cried Elbaz. “We are lost without him.” Rabbi Ya’acov Hilel, head of the Ahavat Shalom Yeshiva and a respected teacher of Kabbala, said that Kaduri was not just a Jewish mystic. “He was a role model for the pursuit of truth who mastered anger, never argued, nor was he ever jealous or hateful. He had nothing but love for the Jewish people.”
Mourners included masses of black clothed haredim, normally dressed Sephardim, women in pants, men in disposable cardboard kippahs and, reportedly, 14 plane loads of mourners from France.
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