Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli

< Tammuz 5784 July 2024 >

A Short Tribute

Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli was born in 1920 in Shiraz, Iran. He immigrated to Israel with his family as a youth and studied at the Sha'arei Rachamim yeshiva with Hacham Rachamim Melamed HaCohen and at the Porat Yosef yeshiva in Jerusalem's Old City. He was Rishon LeZion Hacham Ben Zion Chai Uziel's protégé and student. Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli was ordained to the rabbinate by Hacham Ezra Attia - Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef, Hacham Salman Hugi Aboudi and Hacham Ovadia Yosef; he studied Kabbala with Kabbalist sages Hacham Mordecai Sharabi and Hacham Yaakov Jarumi.

Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli trained at the Mizrahi Teachers' Seminary in Jerusalem and studied Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He founded numerous schools and established the Bnei Ami youth movement in Jerusalem, attended by over 5,000 youths. Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli served as Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Herzog's personal secretary, founded the Shauli Beit Midrash and Synagogue in Jerusalem, gave lessons in Halakha and Kabbala, and taught at the Shaarei Zion yeshiva in Jerusalem.

He moved with his family to Rechovot, where he was active in the Hebrew Resistance that rose up against the British Mandate. A store of weapons was hidden in the cellar of his home.

Following Israel's Declaration of Independence, he moved to Ashdod, where he maintained his social activism and was a member of the municipal council.

On 21 Tevet, 5731 (1971) his eldest son, Rabbi Binyamin Cohen Shauli, was killed in a traffic accident at the young age of 28. Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli founded the Shauli Synagogue and Spiritual Community Center to commemorate him. In 1986 Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli was chosen to serve as Chief Rabbi of the Iranian Jewish community in Israel and the Diaspora. In 1987 he was awarded the Prize for Religious Education in Israel, and a year later was named Honorary Citizen of Ashdod. Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli also served as Honorary President of the Bnei Brith and of the Koresh Organization for Iranian Jews.

Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli passed away in his sleep early on Shabbat Breishit on 26 Tishrei 5754 (1994).

Hacham Moshe Cohen Shauli authored many books, including a series entitled HaBo"SeM that contains eighteen books on the Land of Israel, the Torah, the Kabbala and its secrets, Medicine, Philosophy, Aggadah and Halacha.


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