April 22, 2013

French Jews face uncertain future after scandal

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Rabbi Gilles Bernheim (left) offered his apologies for "borrowing" the work of others and lying about his academic credentials, ending a leadership crisis that has rocked the country's 600,000-strong Jewish community, the largest in Europe. Bernheim is pictured here with Rabbi Michael Azoulay. Photo courtesy Olevy via Wikimedia Commons (http://bit.ly/17SKTMR)

Rabbi Gilles Bernheim (left) offered his apologies for "borrowing" the work of others and lying about his academic credentials, ending a leadership crisis that has rocked the country's 600,000-strong Jewish community, the largest in Europe. Bernheim is pictured here with Rabbi Michael Azoulay. Photo courtesy Olevy via Wikimedia Commons (http://bit.ly/17SKTMR)

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PARIS (RNS) After the country's top rabbi resigned after admitting to plagiarism, the search begins for a new grand rabbi to lead Europe's largest Jewish population amid questions about how inclusive French Judaism should be.

  • Your use of the term grand rabbi is incorrect. It’s a mistranslation of le grand rabbin, which means chief rabbi.