The Moroccan Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto pays special attention to Moroccan Jews during the quarantine period and wishes to accompany them during this critical phase caused by the Coronavirus which has hindered the practice of their usual religious rituals and the celebration of their holy feasts such as the Hiloula in which thousands of people from all over the world participate.
Rabbi Pinto, who is President of the Rabbinical Court and supervisor of Kashrut, is keen to listen to members of the community and answer their questions through his pages on social networks.
The grandson of the legendary rabbi Haim Pinto, who is buried in Essaouira, also made a point of being strongly present at Passover, which Moroccan Jews celebrate at home from April 8 to 14, after the temples were closed and gatherings were banned due to a state of health emergency. For example, he supervised the Halal slaughter at the Casablanca slaughterhouse and the distribution of the meat to butcher shops for consumption by Moroccan Jews. He also called on all members of the Jewish community to make donations on the occasion of this feast so that they could be redistributed to the needy, stressing the importance of solidarity in such circumstances.
The Moroccan Rabbi played a major role in urging Jews to respect the state of health emergency implemented due to the spread of Coronavirus in Morocco, calling on them in a statement distributed to all members of the community to comply with emergency measures and respect national laws and decisions to combat the epidemic and to demonstrate a civilized behavior in order to contain the spread of the virus.
In a video posted on social networks, Rabbi Pinto also praised the efforts made by His Majesty King Mohammed VI, for the benefit of his people of all faiths, considering him to be a different King and close to citizens, believing that he occupies the rank of a saint and recalling all that he has done for Moroccan Jews, restoring their temples, preserving their burials, and providing them with halal food, which is of vital importance in their daily lives.
During this self-isolation period, Rabbi Pinto dedicates a telephone number to advise and answer all the questions asked by Moroccan Jews that he usually received at the Beth-El synagogue in Casablanca, including those related to his religious classes.