Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The love affair between the Jews and the king of Morocco (pictured), represented by court Jew Serge Berdugo, continues. Nobody seems to have noticed a glaring disconnect: respect between Jews and Muslims is such that 99 percent of Jews have left Morocco.
(JTA) — Rabbi Raphael Benchimol of the Manhattan Sephardic Congregation was honored by the king of Morocco.
Benchimol received the medal of the Knight of the Order of the Throne bestowed by Mohammed VI at his New York City synagogue.
The president of the Jewish Community of Morocco, Serge Berdugo, represented the king in presiding over this week’s medal ceremony.
“Moroccan Jews, even after leaving their country, retain attachment to and love for Morocco, as confirmed by the beautiful words of the late Yitzchak Rabin: ‘Moroccan Jews are the only Jews that never renounce their country, nor were they rejected by their country,’” Berdugo said. The king recognizes “the merits of Moroccan Jews, wherever they settled, by honoring them with the highest medals of his kingdom.”
“Although we left Morocco, Morocco never leaves us. It is deeply engraved in our hearts,” Benchimol said in response. He called the ceremony a “tribute to a remarkable country — my birth country of Morocco.”
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