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Former Israeli Religious Affairs Minister Aharon Abuhatzira passed away Tuesday, the first day of the seven-day holiday of Sukkot.

He was 82.

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Abuhatzira was the son of the revered Baba Haki, Admor Rabbi Isaac Abuhatzira.

He served as the mayor of Ramle from 1972 until 1977, when he began his term as minister, serving in that position until 1981.

Abuhatzira served as a Knesset member for the Mafdal, Likud and Tami parties from 1977 until 1992.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.