From our Archive:
The Jewish Chronicle
August 9 1974
Mr Yigal Allon,
the Israeli Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister, has written
an exceptionally warm letter about Dispersion and Liberation,
a book published by the Gedula Synagogue Committee, Ramle,
Israel, and edited by Abraham Twena in memory of a famous
Chief Rabbi of Iraq, Rabbi Ezra Dangoor.
Chief Rabbi, who was born in 1848, and members of the Dangoor
family played an outstanding role in the life of the Iraqi
Jewish community. The development of the Zionist movement
within the Iraqi community, which is also described in the
book, owned much to the example and teaching of the Chief
letter, which is addressed to Mr Naim Dangoor, in London,
refers to that amazing event the mass exodus of most
of the members of the Iraqi Jewish community to Israel.
Chief Rabbi Dangoor
was once asked by King Feisal if there were any Zionist Jews
in Iraq. He replied that every Jew prayed three times a day
for the Shchina (Divine Presence) to return to the land of
Zion and that Judaism was based on worship of God as well
as the return to the Promised Land.
The answer is
brief and to the point.
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