Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, a former Israeli Chief Rabbi has died of COVID-19 on April 12 in a Jerusalem hospital. His death was attributed to complications from the respiratory virus, COVID-19.
His death was confirmed by the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Tragically, Rabbi Bakshi-Doron contracted the virus and doctors’ efforts to save him did not succeed”. He added, “His essence was wisdom, tolerance and love for the people and the country”. Netanyahu also remembered Bakshi-Doron as a warm person and a gifted religious scholar.
Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, 79, served from 1993 to 2003, as the state’s top chaplain for Sephardim, or Jews of Mena descent. In 2017, Bakshi-Doron was fined and sentenced to probation, for his role in a scheme that allowed policemen to receive fraudulent educational credentials for pay raises.
Despite it, Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron was widely popular among the masses and demanded huge respect across the country making his loss as Israel’s one of the highest-profile death from the pandemic.