Rabbi Daniel Farhi, a figure of French liberal Judaism, died on August 23 in Nice, his son, Rabbi Gabriel Farhi, reported. He was 79 years old.
Rabbi founder of the Liberal Jewish Movement of France in June 1977, with Roger Benarrosh and Colette Kessler, he practiced there until his retirement in 2009. Mr. Farhi, who studied in Paris and Jerusalem, was also the first rabbi of the Copernicus Street synagogue, from 1970 to 1977, affiliated to the Israelite Liberal Union. Since his retirement, he chaired and taught at the Judeo-Spanish Cultural Center / Al Syete.
A fervent fighter for the memory of the Shoah, we owe him, alongside Serge Klarsfeld, every year since 1991, the establishment of the uninterrupted 24-hour public reading of the names of Jewish deportees from France during the Shoah during Yom HaShoah . He also organized many trips to Auschwitz.
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An ardent anti-Nazi militant with the Klarsfelds, the rabbi was detained for a week in Cologne in 1975 after demanding the trial of Nazi criminals.
The man was also an activist for interfaith dialogue and organized numerous events between Jews, Christians and Muslims.
Blogger, in particular for the Times of Israel, Daniel Farhi has also published numerous works, including The Last Survivor (Albin Michel, 2008), which brings together his speeches and sermons during the commemoration of the Shoah, and Profession rabbi: From the community to the universal, book of exchanges with the philosopher Gwendoline Jarczyk, in which he shows how the teachings of Judaism are more current than ever. Daniel Farhi is also the founder, in 1981, of the review Tenoua – Le Mouvement, a bimonthly publication of liberal Judaism.
Born in Paris in 1941 to parents emigrated from Turkey, Samuel and Estréa, the young Daniel was entrusted during the war with one of his sisters, Françoise, to a Protestant family from Besançon (Georges and Juliette Allenbach, recognized Righteous among the nations). The two children finally reunited with their families in 1945.
Daniel Farhi was knighted in the Legion of Honor in 1993, an officer in 2015, and knight of the National Order of Merit in 1988 – honors presented to him by Simone Veil, Serge Klarsfeld and Elie Wiesel.
“Our pain is immense, but we will find consolation in the memory of his works and in this inestimable spiritual and intellectual heritage that we will bring to life,” wrote his son Gabriel Fahri.
“He is a great figure of Judaism who is disappearing today, the first rabbi who allowed liberal Judaism to acquire its notoriety in France, an activist of Memory whose action with Serge Klarsfeld engraved in stone the name of the Jewish deportees from France, ”wrote Francis Lentschner, president of the review Tenou’a.
In 2015, he was dismissed in the investigation which in 2012 resulted in him being indicted for sexual assault on a minor. He was delighted by the voice of his lawyer that “his” innocence has been “established and judicially recognized”.
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I am saddened to learn of the passing of Rabbi Daniel Farhi. Founding member of MJLF. Initiator of the ceremony of reading names, he gave a burial to the 75,721 Jews of France murdered by the Nazis. To his wife and children I send my sincere condolences.
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It is with sadness that I learn of the disappearance of Rabbi Daniel Farhi, founder of @Le_MJLF. On behalf of @BnaiBrithFrance and on my own behalf, I extend my condolences to his wife, his son Rabbi Gabriel Farhi @ravgab and all his family.
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In 1981 President Roger Benarrosh and Rabbi Daniel Farhi put down the mezzouza in the New Community Center of the MJLF in Beaugrenelle. pic.twitter.com/pvJw9nWR9U
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