THE WISE MAN OF AMSTERDAM
THIS rather splendid portrait is of Dayan Pinchas Toledano in full regalia at his inauguration as Haham (Sage), the spiritual head, of Amsterdam’s Sephardi community.
Dr Toledano retired as head of the Sephardi Beth Din in London in 2007 but has continued to serve in the same capacity at its Dutch equivalent. The last two Hahamim were not formally inducted, so this was the first such ceremony since 1900 and the same order of service was used this time.
The title Haham has not been bestowed in the UK for 35 years, since the retirement of Rabbi Solomon Gaon.