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Buenos Aires - Shabbat Keeps Newly-Elected Argentinian Rabbi From Opening Session Of Parliament

Published on: March 1, 2014 08:00 PM
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FILE - Rabbi Sergio Bergman waves during the closing of campaign of the party Propuesta Republicana (Pro) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 24 October 2013.  EPAFILE - Rabbi Sergio Bergman waves during the closing of campaign of the party Propuesta Republicana (Pro) in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 24 October 2013.  EPA

Buenos Aires - After winning his seat recently and becoming the first South American rabbi to hold a seat in parliament, Rabbi Sergio Bergman has missed the opening session due to his observance of Shabbot.

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JTA.org (http://bit.ly/1eC7eTt) reports that Bergman miss the pomp and circumstance as the new members are seated, as well as the State of the Union address which was given by President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Bergman, who was in Rome this past week for meetings with the Pope, said about his absence in a Thursday email that, “My fellow party members respect me on this point; it is part of the diversity and plurality of our party.”



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