Body of Moroccan Torah Sage Brought Home to Jerusalem
The body of the famous Torah sage Rabbi Reuven Ajeyani, head of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Sefrou, Morocco, has been interred in Jerusalem – 70 years after his passing.
The funeral for the rabbi was held Wednesday during interrment at the Jerusalem Har HaMenuchot cemetery.His body was found to be miraculously intact, without signs of decomposition, demonstrating his true virtue.
It is known throughout the Jewish world that the bodies of righteous Torah scholars and holy Jews do not decompose after their passing.Famous for his vast knowledge of Talmud and Kabbalah, the rabbi was especially known for the blessings that he gave to followers who came seeking Divine salvation.
Sefrou, home to more than 30,000 people, and located about 30 kilometers south of Fez, no longer has a yeshiva today. Prior to the mass immigration of North African Jewry to Israel in the early 1950s, however, Sefriwi Jews numbered nearly 6,000 souls.By the time of the 1967 Six Day War, however, that number had dropped to 650, according to A Moroccan Jewish Community during the Middle Eastern Crisis, an article written by Lawrence Rosen in The American Scholar in 1968.