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Rabbi Yom Tob Yedid, ZL

Rabbi Yom Tob Yedid was born in Halab (Aleppo), Syria in 1926. He was raised and educated under the guidance of Hacham Moshe Tawil, Ah, the former Chief Rabbi of Halab in the 1950’s.

In his adult years he served as the Chief Rabbi of Halab by leading a community with thousands of years of glorious history and tradition. He served as the Rosh Yeshivah of the main Yeshivah which educated all of the children of the community. He also served as official Rabbi of the community with a handle on all day-to-day affairs including Kashrut, marriage issues, civil cases, Halachic matters and much more. He led the community with a firm hand by never compromising matters of Halacha. Nevertheless, he was loved by the entire community.

Due to persecution and progroms in the 1980’s most members of the community began emigrating to Israel and America. At that time Rabbi Yedid, along with his family, left Syria and arrived in America and settled in the Syrian community in Brooklyn. He immediately joined Shaare Zion as a Rabbi and inspirational figure while beginning to give shiurim on a regular basis. He continued this role for decades and was admired and respected by all who knew him. In addition to giving shiurim in Shaare Zion, Rabbi Yedid spent most of his time learning Torah and writing a series of Sefarim called Meir Tob, a commentary on the Torah and the entire Tanach.

In 2016 the Rabbi passed away after months of illness and his funeral was held in Magen David of 67th street which was attended by thousands of members of the community who were largely impacted by him both in Halab and in America. He was then flown to Israel where he was buried on Har Hamenuhot.

Today the Rabbi’s children follow in his footsteps by teaching Torah to all ages and supporting Torah institutions worldwide.

May his memory be blessed.


Written by Joe Mansour 

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Tue, June 25 2024 19 Sivan 5784