Hagaon Shalom Messas
Chief Rabbi and Head of the Rabbinical Courts
“Today a great prince passed away in Israel.”
something important happened: HaRav Hagaon Rachamim Benamarra,
who was once Judge in Morocco and Rabbi of Kiryat Menachem
and Ir Ganim in Jerusalem passed away.
Pleasant and well loved, pure in his deeds, merciful as his
name Rachamim, dedicated to people, such was Rachamim Benamarra,
a tzaddik. He set up daily study of Psalms and Mishna in Kiryat
Menachem; he often visited the study groups and tried to help
them. He also gave tsedaka to people in need on a regular
basis and always discretely.
the end of his life, he wrote precious books. A respected
man, a man of great value we have lost today.
Full of mitzvoth like a pomegranate. Whatever he did was always
in great joy.
had the tremendous privilege to pass away on Rosh Hashana,
such a holy day.
I want to quote this verse : “On this day all of you,
you stand in front of G-d.
We know that this day refers to Rosh Hashana.
This holy rabbi came in front of G-d on Rosh Hashana and rose
up in the sky. Blessed be he !
went to rest and left us lamenting.
knows we were close friends. We were part of the same family…
We shall miss him, we shall miss his good deeds.
Who will carry on his work?
We cry for this unforgettable loss. Everyone who loved him
and respected him will never forget him .
it is said : ” The passing of tzaddikim is as difficult
to stand as the destruction of the Temple.” How can
we compare the two things? Why are we crying for the destruction
of the Temple? We don’t cry for the Temple as a building,
but as a concept of spirituality : “The House of G-d”,
“The gates of Heaven”.
Likewise, when we cry for the passing of a tzaddik, we cry
for what he represents, for his good deeds.
And even if our Sages say that “the deceased will be
forgotten”, it is not the same for tzaddikim. As it
is written: “In death, tzaddikim will continue to live.”
So this tzaddik can hear what I say about him .
our Sages say: “Tzaddikim are greater in their death
than during their life.” Why? Because of their good
deeds and especially if their children are following their
example. We can say he was a real tzaddik. Blessed his children
for following him.
As written in G’mara: I don’t know what is the
nature of this David; because King David, blessed his memory,
referred himself as “King”: “The King is
rejoicing in his power (Psalm 21) and he presents himself
as a “Poor”: “Prayer of a poor person”
(Psalm 102). And why? The G’mara gives the following
answer: when David foresees through divine inspiration that
his descendants will be tzaddikim such as Hezkiah and Yeshaiahu,
he defines himself as “King”, but when he foresees
bad people such as Avshalom he qualifies himself as “Poor”.
can be compared to King David, who not only was king but also
composed such a perfect work and called himself “Poor”?
even though he was defining himself as King? Only when he
saw tzaddikim among his descendants, could he call himself
Such a thing can be said to the credit of Rav Rachamim.
Ha Rav Messas spoke briefly of Rosh Hashana, day of repentance
G-d remove sorrow from us.
May He give peace to the world,
May He send His Blessings to the daughters, the sons and the
widow of Rachamim,
May they follow his path! AMEN.