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Video: Rav Pinto in Bulgaria

Leading strategists, journalists try to explain what makes the rabbi so popular.
By Hezki Ezra & Gil Ronen
First Publish: 9/6/2012, 9:08 PM

Moti Morel, who is considered one of Israel's most talented strategic advisers on media and politics, was among the people who flew to Bulgaria this week with the influential rabbi, Rav Yoshiyahu Pinto. 

Why do so many nominally secular influential people flock to the rabbi's side? Morel told Arutz Sheva: "He is a very wise man, and many people come to him to hear his advice, and this includes simple folks as well as the rich and powerful."

Channel 10 journalist Avishai Ben-Haim said: "With some people, you can see that he is their connection to Judaism. There are only a few people in our generation who are capable of this. These are people through whom people who are distant from religion can connect to it."

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto told followers on Tuesday the best way to deal with the Iranian threat is by learning from the story of Purim. The rabbi made the comment during a pilgrimage to Bulgaria with hundreds of people to pray at the grave site of the famed Kabbalist Rav Eliezer Papo, the "Peleh Yo'etz" ("Wondrous Adviser").

"The only thing we can do against the Iranian threat is to unite – to love each other more, and to think the best about everyone. We all must seek the good in each other, and not the bad,” the Ashdod-based rabbi urged.