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Britain’s chief rabbi will be coronated with King Charles to avoid breaking Shabato

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AJN Agency.- The chief rabbi of Great Britain will spend the night in London at the residence of King Charles III the night before the emperor’s coronation, so that the rabbis can participate without violating Shabbat.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and his wife, Valerie, attend the coronation in London on Saturday, May 6, 2023, in a ceremony where Queen Consort Camilla will also be crowned.

But since the ceremony takes place on a Saturday, according to Jewish law, Mirvis cannot drive or travel to the site by car. Instead, the Chief Rabbi and his wife will spend the night at Clarence House, the residence of King Charles and Camilla.

According to the British daily Jewish Chronicle, Mirvis will spend Friday afternoon celebrating Shabbat with local Jewish communities, before retiring for the night to Clarence House, less than a mile from Westminster Abbey, where his coronation will take place. .

By attending the ceremony, even on the Sabbath, chief rabbis continue the 120-year tradition established by former chief Rabbi Hermann Adler, who attended the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902, an event that also took place on Shabbat. .

On that occasion, 12 decades earlier, Adler attended prayer at the local Western Synagogue, before being taken to Westminster Abbey by police dressed in her rabbi’s clothes.

“Unfortunately, when I was in the abbey [de Westminster]Her travel bag was stolen from her host’s home, along with a pair of silver ones for Sabbath candles—a sad reward for her loyalty!” wrote one synagogue historian.

Britain’s premier Rabbi Israel Brodick attends the 1953 coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II, held on Tuesday.

Following the death of Queen Elizabeth last month, Buckingham Palace extended the start of a multi-faith event to commemorate her death so that Mirvis could attend the event and return to North London in time.

In response, the Chief Rabbi’s Twitter account said: “In a deeply moving gesture, Buckingham Palace has extended the program to allow him to appear before Shabbat.”

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