Rabbi Avraham Elkana Shapira, the head of the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva and a former chief Ashkenazi rabbi of Israel, died during the Sukkot holiday at the age of 94. His funeral procession will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem, and he will be buried at 10:30 a.m. on Har HaZeitim in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Shapira was born in Jerusalem in 1913. He learned in the Etz Chaim yeshiva and later in the Hevron yeshiva. After his marriage he moved to the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, where he remained, becoming a teacher and later the head of the yeshiva. He served as the head of a beit din (rabbinical court) and, from 1983-1993, as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.