The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment -

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.

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