Israeli rabbi prays with Muslims in mosque during Istanbul snowstorm
Israeli rabbi prays with Muslims in mosque during Istanbul snowstorm
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Israeli rabbi prays with Muslims in mosque during Istanbul snowstorm

Haber Merkezi 11:06 January 28, 2022 Yeni Şafak

Turkiye's largest city was hit by a heavy snowstorm earlier this week, and among the hundreds stranded was an Israeli rabbi who took shelter at a mosque. Rabbi Israel Elbaum was in Istanbul as part of his job as a controller for kosher food, checking if companies abide by the requirements of Jewish law, similar to Muslim halal standards. The 62-year-old rabbi set out to catch his plane after finishing his work on Tuesday, but was stranded on the road as heavy snowfall caused traffic disruptions and the city's mega-airport was closed. Elbaum, who had to wait in a car from 3 p.m. local time (1200 GMT) till 2 a.m. (2300 GMT) the next day, was first taken to a police station and later to the Ali Kuscu Mosque near Istanbul Airport by Turkish troops.

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