Baba Sali
After this incident, the Jewish population of Tafilalt
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 fled to the nearby city of Arfoud, and then to the city of Boudnib
Boudnib is a town in Errachidia Province, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco. According to the 2004 census it has a population of 9,867....

. In Bodniv, Rabbi Yisrael was asked to succeed his brother as rav, but he refused. He wanted to travel to Palestine
Palestine is a conventional name, among others, used to describe the geographic region between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and various adjoining lands....

 to print his brother's sefarim
Sefer (Hebrew)
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. In 1922, Rabbi Israel journeyed through Algeria
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, Tunisia
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 and Egypt
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 (where he visited the grave of his grandfather, the Abir Yaakov), then boarded a ship to Jaffa
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 port and set out for Jerusalem.

He stayed in Jerusalem for a year, living at the home of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Shloush
Yosef Yitzchak Shloush
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Shloush lived in the old city of Jerusalem until 1938. In 1938 he moved to Machane Yehuda. He was the head of the Chevrah Kadisha and the Av Bet Din of the Sephardic Community of Jerusalem. They used to say that he married off half of Jerusalem and buried the other half...

, who helped him publish his brother's writings. Then he returned to Bodniv, where he accepted the position of Rav and av beit din of the Jewish community there.

Funeral and tomb

He died in 1984 (4 Shevat 5744). His funeral was attended by an estimated 100,000 people. His gravesite in Netivot has become a popular pilgrimage site in Israel. Two other people are buried nearby. His second wife, Miriam Abuhatzeira, is buried in an adjoining wing of the Baba Sali Tomb as well as David Bouskila, the builder and founder of the tomb complex. The Baba Sali's third wife, Rabanit Simi Abuhatzeira, who married Baba Sali when she was 15, is living in Netivot.


When Rabbeinu Abuhatzeira lived in France
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, he would spend the Hebrew month of Elul
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 as R' Nissan Neminov
Nissan Neminov
Nissan Neminov, known familiarly as Reb Nissan , was an Orthodox rabbi. Specifically, he served as a Mashpia, Hasidic mentor, in the Yeshiva of Tomchei Temimim in Brunoy, near Paris, France. He taught many thousands of students during his lifetime, and was renowned for his piety and abstinence...

’s guest.

External links

  • Famous Rabbis at the Internet Archive
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