As usual, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto was available for the celebration of the Hebrew New Year for the Jews of Morocco, the Rosh Hashanah, which will begin tomorrow, Friday.
Through his charitable organization “Shuva Morocco”, the rabbi donated hundreds of boxes containing food, wine and other necessities for the celebration, to be distributed to the needy in Morocco’s Jewish community.
As president of the Hebrew court of Casablanca and insisting on respecting the “kashrout” (halal food for Jews) rules, the rabbi personally made sure to send the food to Jews in different cities of the kingdom including Oujda, Marrakech and Casablanca. He did this in spite of his illness and suffering and in full respect of preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus.
“Shuva Morocco” has collaborated with several associations that take care of the affairs of the Jews of Morocco, in cooperation with the Moroccan authorities, who facilitated the obtaining of all the necessary authorizations so that the food arrives to its recipients before the celebrations, thus making them happy.
Rabbi Pinto was present for the Jewish community throughout the period of confinement. Indeed, his disciples and students in the Casablanca Yeshiva put themselves in danger in order to ensure food and all that is necessary for impoverished Moroccan Jews. The Rabbi also distributed more than $10 million each week to poor Moroccan Jews to live in comfort in the country, without the need to move and settle in Israel. It was also a way to thank HM King Mohammed VI who extends his kindness to Jews and Muslims alike, as well as to his family and all the Moroccan people.
The Jews of Morocco will celebrate tomorrow, Friday, the Jewish New Year “Rosh Hashanah”. This is a sacred celebration in the Jewish religion and culture and an opportunity for them to pray and ask God to remove all the concerns of the previous year, and to give them a new year full of joy and happiness. During this occasion the lighting of the fire is forbidden, all usual activities are stopped. Celebrations include only prayer, reading the Torah and Jewish religious chants.
On this occasion, the Rabbi will travel to Essaouira, in full respect of preventive measures, in the company of his disciples and students to perform prayers and ask God to bless all Jews throughout the world.