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Moroccan Jews Pray for Rain at King’s Request

January 14, 2014 By:
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King Mohammed VI of Morocco has called on Muslims and Jews alike to pray for rain. Photo from Wikimedia.

At the request of the king, prayers for rain were held at synagogues throughout Morocco.

The prayers were recited on Jan. 11, one day after Muslims said similar prayers in mosques at the request of King Mohammed VI, the Moroccan daily Le Matin reported. The king made the request upon learning that Morocco may suffer a drought this year.

Responding to the king’s plea, the Council of Israelite Communities in Morocco published a statement in which it “invites worshipers to pray in all the synagogues of the kingdom” so that God may “spare our country and help His Highness the King.”

On Jan. 2, King Mohammed VI met in his royal palace in Marrakesh with Jack Lang, a French Jewish former minister who last year became the head of the Arab World Institute, a Paris-based intergovernmental body that France runs jointly with 22 Arab nations.

Under Mohammed VI, Morocco has undertaken massive renovations of Jewish heritage sites and participated in such projects abroad, including in Cape Verde off the coast of Senegal, which once had a population of Moroccan Jews.

Approximately 3,000 Jews live in Morocco, according to the European Jewish Congress.

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