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Mazal Tov: Hamburg Has a Rabbi

08/02/2012 15 Shvat 5772
Chabad Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky was inaugurated Monday as the new Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, the city his grandfather fled from the Nazis.
Mazal Tov: Hamburg Has a Rabbi

Chabad Rabbi Shlomo Bistritzky was inaugurated Monday, January 16, as the new Chief Rabbi of Hamburg, the second to largest city in Germany, after the position has been vacant for 3 years.

The ceremony at the Hohe Weide Synagogue was attended by hundreds of members of the local Jewish community and Bernard Effertz, chairman of the board of the Hamburg Jewish Community.

A rabbinical delegation included Israel's Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger, Rabbi Aryeh Goldberg of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe (RCE), Germany's Head Shliach Rabbi Yisroel Diskin and other Shluchim.

Representing Lubavitch World Headquarters was Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, Vice Chairman of Merkos L'inyonei Chinuch.

For the new rabbi, the position has "a double meaning" and inspires a great deal of emotion, Chabad.org reported. 

Bistritzky's grandfather, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Bistritsky who was present at the event, left his native Hamburg for New York in 1937.

He and his Frankfurt-born wife have been living in Jerusalem for the past 15 years. "We are proud that our grandchild reached such a position," he said after hearing about the nomination in November 2011.

Shlomo Bistritzky's father was the late Rabbi Levi Bistritzky, Chief Rabbi of the city of Tzfas and a respected author and authority on halacha and kashrus.

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