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A Powerful Advocate for the Land of Israel’: Rabbi Gold Dead at 88

By 07/10/2023 12:41 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


On Sunday afternoon, Rabbi Shalom Gold, the Brooklyn-born founder of Congregation Zichron Yosef in Jerusalem’s Har Nof district, was laid to rest at the Har Hamenuchot cemetery.

Rabbi Gold was admitted to the hospital on Friday after getting sick.

He passed away during Shabbat at the age of 88, surrounded by family.

In particular, 64 years ago, Rabbi Gold founded the Ner Israel Yeshiva in Toronto and Congregation Bnei Torah in Willowdale, a northern suburb of the Canadian city.

The Orthodox Union referred to the rabbi as a “pioneer and visionary who built communities both in the Diaspora and Israel.”

He was the spiritual head of West Hempstead, New York’s Young Israel, from 1971 until his emigration to Israel in 1982.

Rabbi Gold oversaw Congregation Zichron Yosef after moving to the holy city.

In addition, he founded the Avrom Silver Jerusalem College for Adults in 1984.

In 2002, it amalgamated with the Orthodox Union Israel Center. Along with encouraging immigration, Rabbi Gold opposed attempts to give land to the Palestinians and helped establish the “Union of Rabbis for the Land of Israel” group during the Oslo phase.

The group issued a religious decree prohibiting IDF soldiers from carrying out orders to remove Jewish settlements in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip in the 1990s.

“It’s impossible to describe the great loss that I feel upon hearing the bitter news about the passing of Rabbi Shalom Gold, of blessed memory,” Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Arieh King told local media.

“From those who love the ‘complete Land of Israel,’ from the supporters of a united Jerusalem, from those who encourage immigration to our country, from the leaders of the national-religious public in our city, may his memory be a blessing.”

Yishai Fleisher, the representative of the Hebron Jewish community abroad, praised Rabbi Gold as “a great Jew, a real rabbi, and a powerful advocate for the Land of Israel.” “Rabbi Shalom Gold was a great man and will be missed,” Fleisher said in closing.


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