Hacham Reuven Maurice Alush


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A Short Tribute

Hacham Reuven Maurice Alush was born to Atritza and Hacham Mas'oud Alush in 1932, in Tatouine, Tunisia. He began his Torah studies with Hacham Mekiketz Haddad. In 1952, he was appointed shochet, cantor and darshan (preacher) for the city of Tatouine, where he also taught children. He married Miriam in 1952 and the couple was blessed with boys and girls. In 1956, he moved to the town of Zarzis where he served as shochet and was a children's teacher.

Hacham Reuven Maurice Alush was able to immigrate to Israel in 1967, and settled in Beer Sheva. At the request of his rabbi, Hacham Mordecai Sigron, he moved to the Zimrat moshav to support him as the moshav rabbi during his last years. In 1969, following the decease of Hacham Mordecai Sigron, Hacham Reuven Maurice Alush was appointed Rabbi of Zimrat. He was renowned for his humility and for his moving and easily understood sermons.

Hacham Reuven Maurice Alush passed away on 1 Adar, 5746 (1985).

Hacham Reuven Maurice Alush wrote many original commentaries on Torah and Talmud, published in the following books: Ma'aseh Yadai – original commentary on the Torah, VaYagidu L'Moshe – a commentary on the Passover Haggadah, Yehi Reuven – sermons on various topics, and Sha'arei Rachamim – original commentary on the Talmud.

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