Meir Kessler

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Rabbi Meir Kessler
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BornFebruary 17, 1961 (1961-02-17) (age 57)
Bnei Brak
Residence Modi'in Illit

Meir Kessler (born February 17, 1961) is the Chief Rabbi and head of Rabbinical Court of Modi'in Illit. [1] [2] [3]

Chief Rabbi is a title given in several countries to the recognised religious leader of that country's Jewish community, or to a rabbinic leader appointed by the local secular authorities. Since 1911, through a capitulation by Ben-Zion Meir Hai Uziel, Israel has had two chief rabbis, one Ashkenazi and one Sephardi.

Modiin Illit Place in West Bank, Israel

Modi'in Illit is a Haredi Israeli settlement and city in the West Bank, situated midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Modi'in Illit was granted city status by the Israeli government in 2008. It is located six kilometres northeast of Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut and is often referred to as Kiryat Sefer, the name of its first neighborhood, established in 1994. It was built on the land of five Palestinian villages: Ni'lin, Kharbata, Saffa, Bil'in and Dir Qadis. Modi'in Illit encompasses the neighborhoods of Kiryat Sefer and Achuzat Brachfeld. In 2017 it had a total population of 70,081, making it the largest Jewish settlement in the area.

He was born at Bnei Brak and studied at the Ponevezh yeshiva and afterward at Kol Torah under Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach.

Bnei Brak Place in Israel

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When his father died in June, 1996, he succeeded him as the second rabbi of Modi'in Illit.

His wife is an educator and writer.

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