Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi

Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi (1943 – January 14, 2015) was an Orthodox rabbi and a member of the Chabad Hasidic movement. Rabbi Ashkenazi was the chief rabbi of the Chabad community of Kfar Chabad, Israel from 1983 until his passing, and was an authority on Halacha (Jewish law).


Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi

Rabbi Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazy
  • Rabbi Schneur Ashkenazy (Chief Rabbi of Rishon L'tzion)
  • Rabbi Meir Ashkenazy (Chief Rabbi of Kfar Chabad)[1]

Rabbi of Kfar ChabadEdit

Rabbi Askenazi served as the Kfar Chabad community's chief rabbi (מרא דאתרא (Marah D'Asra)), meaning "Master of the place" in ancient Judeo-Aramaic. Rabbi Ashkenazi was the spiritual and religious leader for the Kfar Chabad community.

Halachik stancesEdit

Rabbi Ashkenazy was widely cited in the Orthodox Jewish press for declaring that long wigs are inappropriate for use as a hair covering under the halachik definition of tzniut.[2][3]


Rabbi Ashkenazy's son, Schneur Ashkenazy, serves as the chief rabbi of Rishon L'tzion, Israel.[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ New Chief Rabbi,
  2. ^ "Rabbi Says Long Wigs Are Not Proper Head Coverings | – Chabad News, Crown Heights News, Lubavitch News". Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  3. ^ Gur, Nachman. "Rabbi of Kfar Chabad, "Long Wigs Are Not a Head Covering"". Retrieved 2013-11-07.
  4. ^ "New Rov in Rishon: Rabbi Schneur Ashkenazi". 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2013-11-07.

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