Where would two Israeli politicians, on a visit to New York, meet up if not at 770? That’s what happened on Monday when MK Simcha Rothman and Minister Rabbi Yoav Ben-Tzur crossed paths while on respective tours of 770.
By Anash.org reporter
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Where would two Israeli politicians meet up while visiting to New York, if not at 770? That’s what happened on Monday when MK Simcha Rothman and Minister Rabbi Yoav Ben-Tzur crossed paths while on respective tours of 770.
Rothman, who serves as the chair of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, and Ben-Tzur, currently Israel’s acting Minister of Health, are both on visits to New York for various political events. Both are high-profile members of the Israeli government, with Ben-Tzur, who previously served as director-general of Shas’ Ma’ayan HaChinuch HaTorani school system, currently a staunch defender of the Charedi education system, and Rothman one of the architects of the contentious judicial reform being debated in Israel.
Minister Ben-Tzur’s visit was coordinated by Rabbi Dubi Rabinowitz, who accompanied him on his tour of 770, where he davened in the Rebbe’s room. He then visited the Rebbe’s library, where he was greeted by librarians Rabbi Berel Levine and Rabbi Yitzchok Wilhelm.
While in the library, his group crossed paths with the group accompanying Rothman on his tour of 770. Rothman, who was visiting with his wife, and was accompanied by Rabbi Dovid Nachshon, had also been shown around 770, passing through the large zal, the WLCC room, and other parts of 770.
After posing for a joint photo in the library, the two politicians continued to their respective meetings. Ben-Tzur visited the JLI offices, where he met director Rabbi Efraim Mintz. Rabbi Mintz and Rabinowitz presented the minister with an overview of JLI’s study programs and its collaborative efforts with various Jewish organizations worldwide. The meeting also explored potential avenues for cooperation between the Israeli Government and JLI.