Rabbi Meir Michel Abehsera, renowned expert on macrobiotics and known as “the Rebbe’s whistler” passed away.
A descendant of the famed Abuchatzeira sages and kabbalists of Morocco, Rabbi Abehsera was renowned internationally for his books on natural medicine and macrobiotics.
Born in Morocco, at the young age of ten Rabbi Meir Michel Abehsera moved with his family to France. There he became a successful civil engineer, but his heart’s passion was in writing and literature.
While in France, Rabbi Abehsera became very involved in a newly emerging field of healing through macrobiotics. Following that path, in the early sixties the ambitious writer moved to New York and opened the first macrobiotic restaurant in New York City. During the next decade Abehsera published eight books and became a sought-after lecturer nationwide.
In the early 1970s he first visited 770, and he soon became known as “The Rebbe’s Whistler,” since the Rebbe would frequently call on him to whistle during the singing at farbrengens.
Over the years, Shluchim around the world invited Rabbi Abehsera to speak, where audiences enjoyed his intellect, folksiness and whimsy, as well as his deep Sephardic roots.
In the mid-1990s, while living in Los Angeles with his wife and seven children, he began writing a personal meditation on his life and ideas inspired by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, which became a book called “The Possible Man.”
In recent years he was living in Jerusalem.
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Baruch Dayan Haemes.