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2004-12-05

Condolences Extended to Family of Head Tunisian Rabbi

Tunisian President Zine El Dine Ben Ali extended condolences to the family of Haim Madar, chief rabbi of the country, who died on Friday (3 December). Ben Ali also sent a message of condolence to the Chief Rabbi of Jerba in which he conveyed "to all members of the Tunisian Jewish community his sincere condolences and expressions of sympathy."

A Tunisian Jewish community announcement published in the nation’s newspapers said, "The Chief Rabbi has left us after a long and painful sickness. He was a man of great piety and great culture." Tunisia is thought to have the oldest Jewish community among the Maghreb countries. (albawaba.com)

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