An Israeli-born rabbi has been named chief rabbi of Finland. Simon Livson, 30, the Israeli-born son of Finnish immigrants, was officially installed as chief rabbi on January 13, taking over from Rabbi Moshe Edelman.
Livson, who describes himself as Modern Orthodox, immigrated to Finland in 1989 when his parents returned to their country of origin. He later studied at an Israeli yeshiva and at the Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School in New York.
Livson lives in Helsinki with his Israeli-born wife, Sivan Glazer-Livson, and their two-year-old daughter. There are approximately 1,400 Jews in Finland, according to the European Jewish Congress.
Livson assumes the position as Finland debates whether to label Israeli products that originate in the West Bank and shortly after a heated national discussion about whether to ban circumcision.
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