Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger is planning to give an address in a mosque in Paris, the daily Yisrael HaYom reports.
The chief rabbi has already met with a leading imam in Paris, Hassan Shalagumi, and the two decided the rav will give an address in the largest mosque in Paris to reach the Islamic community. The idea apparently was the result of the rav sharing a story regarding a recent visit to Kazakhstan. Rabbi Metzger explained there is no Jewish community there and he was compelled to daven in a room used as a mosque.
The imam stated he was unaware that a Jew may daven in a mosque and this led to the invitation to the rabbi to address the Islamic community in the mosque. The rav responded positively and the event will most likely take place in the coming weeks.
The two discussed the recent attacks against Jews in France, including the fatal attack in Toulouse in March and the more recent attack against three Jews in Villeurbanne. The imam sharply condemned the attacks.
Aides to the chief rabbi report the imam is a brave individual, one who has released statements of reconciliation with the State of Israel and the Jewish People, and as a result of his position, he is surrounded by bodyguards.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)