Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox Leader Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss Dies at 95

Some roads in Jerusalem are blocked for the funeral procession of Rabbi Weiss, who led an anti-Zionist Haredi group for nearly two decades

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Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss, in Jerusalem, in 2006.
Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss, in Jerusalem, in 2006.Credit: Tomer Applebaum

Rabbi Yitzhak Tuvia Weiss, leader of the Ultra-Orthodox group Eda Haredit, died on Saturday at the age of 95.

Rabbi Weiss was hospitalized at the Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem in Jerusalem due to an infection for several days before passing away on Saturday. He was surrounded by friends and family.

Thousands of the Rabbi's followers are attending his funeral procession, which began at 10 A.M. on Sunday. The procession began at the Rabbi's home in the Givat Moshe neighborhood of Jerusalem, and is continuing towards the Mount of Olives.

Many streets in Jerusalem have been closed intermittently to vehicular traffic, and heavy traffic has been reported in the area of the procession. Police expect roads to fully reopen in the early afternoon.

Since 2004, Rabbi Weiss served as the chief rabbi of the hardline anti-Zionist Haredi group Eda Haredit, based in the Mea She'arim neighborhood of Jerusalem. Before that, he was a dayan, or rabbinical court judge, in Antwerp, Belgium.

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