By COLlive reporter
Lubavitcher friends of Isaac Herzog visited him at the presidential mansion in Jerusalem on Tuesday to congratulate him on being elected as the 11th President of the State of Israel.
Visiting him were Rabbi Yaacov Globerman and his son R’ Betzalel Globerman of the Yad B’yad organization and R’ Zalman Wolff, a long-time Chabad activist in Israel.
Herzog, known by his nickname “Bougie”, is the son of Chaim Herzog, who served as the Sixth President of Israel from 1983 to 1993, and is the grandson of Rabbi Yitzhak HaLevi Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Ireland (1922-1935) and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel (1936-1959).
A lawyer by profession, he served as chairman of the Labor Party and the Zionist Union alliance between 2013 and 2017, and held several ministerial posts between 2005 and 2011, including Minister of Welfare and Social Services (2007–11).
Soft-spoken, Herzog holds close connections with many Chabad officials as he toured Jewish communities around the world. He has often praised Chabad’s work and participated in the International Kinus Hashluchim convention in New York, along with praying at the Rebbe’s Ohel in Queens.
In his meeting with his Chassidic friends, Herzog recalled his visit to Lubavitch World Headquarters – 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY, in 1977. Together with his father, who served at the time as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Herzog participated in Simchas Torah celebrations with the Rebbe.
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