This Day in Jewish History / Romania’s first postwar chief rabbi elected
Moses Rosen walked a tightrope between the communist regime and the Jewish community - and was instrumental in its massive emigration, mainly to Israel.
On June 16, 1948, Moses Rosen was elected chief rabbi of Romania. Over the next 45 years, he managed the delicate, and controversial, task of maintaining a beneficial relationship with a communist, and often anti-Semitic, regime while cultivating good relations with world leaders as well. It was thanks to Rosen’s astute political skills that the lion’s share of the country’s Jewish...
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