The chief rabbi of Morocco Aharon Monsonego, has died aged 90. Monsonego passed away in Jerusalem following an extended illness.

Born in 1929 in Fez, Monsonego was the son of the former chief rabbi, Yedidia Monsonego, and completed his rabbinical studies from 1945-52 in Aix-les-Bains in France.

In 1952, Monsonego returned to Morocco to head the Talmud Torah in Casablanca and later taught at the Rabbinical Institute in the city.

Serge Berdugo, Secretary General of the Morocco Jewish Community, the country’s EJC affiliate, and of the Casablanca Jewish Community, said: “He was a man of great erudition, who saw his life to serve teaching and charitable works. It took a certain amount of time to persuade him to accept the post of chief rabbi in succession to his father. He preferred to remain in the framework of work in the field. »

“Aharon Monsonego was also a great patriot, loyal to his country and devoted to his king,” he added.

Monsonego was decorated by King Mohammed VI in 2008 in recognition of his services to Morocco and its Jewish community.

He was laid to rest on August 7 in Jerusalem.