Hospital confirms death of Bakshi-Doron

The Shaarei Zedek Medical Center has confirmed the passing of Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron.

The hospital says his condition deteriorated during the day and efforts to revive him over the last hour were unsuccessful.

The death brings the toll in Israel to 104.

Born in 1941 in Jerusalem, Bakshi was first chief rabbi in Bat Yam and then Haifa, before rising in 1993 to become the Rishon LeZion, a title given to the chief Sephardic rabbi, a position he held until 2003.

In 2017, he was convicted of fraud and breach of trust in a scheme to give out false credentials, and sentenced to probation, as well as a fine.

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