Photo: Baba Sali
'That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is the whole Law. The rest is commentary. Now go and learn.'
By R' Eliyahu Alfasi & R' Yechiel Torgeman (Author)
The life, piety, teachings and miracles of Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzeirah. Miracle worker, revered Rabbi, devoted Talmudic scholar, holy man, leader and teacher of the Sephardic community in Morocco and Israel -- these all describe one man: Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzeirah, lovingly known to his thousands of followers as Baba Sali, Arabic for "our praying father." Known for the many miracles he performed, Baba Sali was so adored by his followers that his death in 1984 drew more than 100,000 mourners to his gravesite in less than twenty-four hours. The authors of this book, Rav Eliyahu Alfasi, Baba Sali's shamash (attendant), and Rav Yechiel Torgeman, Baba Sali's grandson, offer us a precious glimpse of his life and teachings and clearly demonstrate that the Talmudic expression "The tzaddik (righteous person) decrees, and G-d fulfills" was entirely true of Rav Yisrael Abuchatzeirah, the "praying father" of Sephardic Jewry.