Shapiro, Avraham

   Born in Romania, Shapiro immigrated (see ALIYA) to Israel in 1949. An ordained rabbi, he entered politics as a member of Agudat Israel at the summons of the Gerer rebbe (the rabbi of Gur). In 1983, he was elected Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, a position he held until 1993. After his retirement, he served as one of the spiritual advisors for the National Religious Party and for elements of the settler community opposed to the unilateral disengagement from the West Bank and Gaza. Shapiro died on 27 September 2007.

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