Rabbi Mordecai Nurock, Founder of World Mizrachi, Dies at 74
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Rabbi Mordecai Nurock, Founder of World Mizrachi, Dies at 74

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Rabbi Mordecai Nurock, a founder of the world Mizrachi movement, and member of Israel’s Parliament as a leader of the National Religious party, died here today at the age of 74. He had been hospitalized last week with a heart ailment.

Born in Latvia, he had been a member of the Latvian Parliament, and Chief Rabbi of Latvia. His entire family was annihilated during the Nazi holocaust and, in Israel, he was a last-ditch opponent of the West German-Israeli Reparations Agreement. He had been a member of the presidium of the Jewish Communities Council in Czarist Russia, and a co-founder of the World Jewish Congress. He was Israel’s first Minister of Posts, and a long-time member of the board of the Jewish National Fund.

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