1879 5639 Reb Shimon Sofer

Reb Shimon Sofer, the president of Machzekei Hadass (literally “upholders of the religion”), is elected to the Austrian parliament, the first religious leader and Rov of a Chareidi community elected by a Ultra Orthodox Religious political party to such a position. He commanded great respect with his autocratic and partrichal image combined with his wisdom and intellect.