Hacham Yitzhak Abihatzeira


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A few quotes from the Rabbi on 'Love of Israel'
in which he expresses his wish to strive for total unity and end discrimination

Concerning the moment when the Torah was given, it says "facing the mountain". Which means that we face a difficult mountain, a harsh situation, and we must unite. I bless this committee with the uniting and unification of all factions. The nation of Israel must strive for total unity. Therefore, on this occasion, I turn to all parties with the request that discrimination between groups of different ethnic origins be abolished, that we may no longer have Ashkenazim, Sephardim, or Yemenites. We all belong to the nation of Israel and live in the Land of Israel. The nation of Israel was in exile, and it is this exile that divides us and that made us become Moroccan Jews, or Russian Jews. But now that we have returned to the land promised to us by the Holy One, blessed be He, we are to end discrimination between ethnic communities and become one nation.

From an address at the Hapoel Mizrachi Movement by Rabbi Yitzhak – National Hapoel Mizrachi Committee, p. 70, 1961
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