Jul 11, 2018
Rabbi Boaz Kali, 68, OBM

Rabbi Boaz Kali, a Chabad Shliach who had Druze and Arabs friends as he taught the Seven Noahide Laws, passed away.

By COLlive reporter

Rabbi Boaz Kali, a Chabad Shliach who was renowned for his tireless activities to teach the Seven Laws of Noah to non-Jewish people in Israel and beyond, passed away on 22 Tammuz 5778.

He was 68 and suffered from an illness.

Born to a religious Zionist family, Rabbi Kali become close to Chabad Chassidus and has been one of the veteran Shluchim in Haifa, the large northern Israeli port city.

He served as Deputy Director of the Chabad Educational Institutions in Haifa and Kiryat Shmuel and the director of the tourist synagogue in the German Colony in Haifa.

He was most known for his activism with gentiles as the founder and chairman of "7For70 - Seven Laws for Seventy Nations," an organization dedicated to teaching the universal laws as a morality code for the basis of civilization.

He would visit Arab villages and meet with teenagers in Arab schools in Israel's Galilee region and at one point, even in Syria. "I teach them the concept of 'Ve'ahavta l'reacha kamocha' that we are responsible for each other," he told Israeli TV.

Rabbi Kali said the message had an immediate impact as rates of youth violence in places that he visited have since been lowered. Three years ago, Rabbi Kali was a speaker at the Ahmadiyya conference, a peaceful revival movement within Islam.

The prominent Druze sheikh, Professor Fadel Mantsur was a supporter of his activities. "Instilling the values of the Seven Laws of Noah is necessary and very important to correct the human race and connect people to G-d and a better society," he said.

It wasn't always an easy task. Yinon Nissim Cohen, one of his acquaintances, remembered Rabbi Kali booking a hotel in East Jerusalem expecting a crowd of Arab locals to participate. Not a single person showed up.

Instead, Rabbi Kali invited an Arab employee of the hotel to the podium and led a panel discussion between the two for some 20 minutes. Rabbi Kali left leaflets in Arabic which were then used to distribute on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem.

Over the years, Rabbi Kali had the Sha'ar ha-Yichud ve'ha'Emunah ("The Gateway of Unity and Belief") chapter of the Alter Rebbe's Tanya translated into Arabic and published as a standalone book which is said to be especially appropriate for gentiles.

Mayor of Haifa Yona Yahav considered Rabbi Kali "a beloved friend" and described him as "a man of action, a faithful Shliach of the Rebbe of Chabad to spread Judaism, light and love for every person."

Yahav wrote on Facebook: "Rabbi Boaz OBM campaigned for peace among all the names and the observance of the Seven Laws of Noah... I'm sorry for you, brother, you were very kind to me and I'll miss you very much."

The Mayor concluded his message with the line, "Boaz, you promised us all to bring the redemption to the world... and the mission has not yet been completed!"

He is survived by his wife Chedva Kali, their children Rabbi Binyomin Meir Kali - Ramat Gan, Rabbi Avrohom Kali - Tel Aviv, Rabbi Yishai Kali - Haifa, Rabbi Shmuel Kali - Kfar Chabad, Mrs. Ruth Goldfarb - Kiryat Chaim; and grandchildren.

Baruch Dayan Haemes: Boaz ben Yaakov.


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Rabbi Kali receiving Kos Shel Bracha from the Rebbe in 770
Rabbi Kali receiving Kos Shel Bracha from the Rebbe in 770
Chabad Rabbi Dovid Meir Drukman (2nd from left) presenting smicha to Rabbi Kali's son in law
Chabad Rabbi Dovid Meir Drukman (2nd from left) presenting smicha to Rabbi Kali's son in law
Rabbi Kali during Mivtzoim with soldiers of the IDF
Rabbi Kali during Mivtzoim with soldiers of the IDF
Director of Chabad activities in Haifa Rabbi Leibel Schildkraut, Mayor Yona Yahav and Rabbi Kali
Director of Chabad activities in Haifa Rabbi Leibel Schildkraut, Mayor Yona Yahav and Rabbi Kali
Rabbi Kali in a group photo of the Chabad Shluchim in Haifa and the area
Rabbi Kali in a group photo of the Chabad Shluchim in Haifa and the area
Rabbi Kali addresses the regional conference of Shluchim in Haifa
Rabbi Kali addresses the regional conference of Shluchim in Haifa




Rabbi Keli with his Druze friend, Iyob Kara which is Israel's Minister of Communications
Rabbi Keli with his Druze friend, Iyob Kara which is Israel's Minister of Communications
Druze religious leaders at a Chanukah event organized by Rabbi Kali
Druze religious leaders at a Chanukah event organized by Rabbi Kali
Rabbi Kali speaks on a panel to school children
Rabbi Kali speaks on a panel to school children






Rabbi Kali presents a print of Tanya in Arabic
Rabbi Kali presents a print of Tanya in Arabic


Rabbi Kali speaks to players of a local sports team
Rabbi Kali speaks to players of a local sports team
Rabbi Kali seen with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Rabbi Kali seen with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu


Opinions and Comments
1
Wow, what an amazing person!
Thanks for sharing this inspiration
(7/11/2018 11:19:03 PM)
2
Wow!!
Such An amazing man!! Please share how we can continue his legacy by learning more of what he did.. or if there are resources? Such a special and impactful Neshama!
(7/11/2018 11:21:40 PM)
3
Moshiach NOW
Very Special
(7/12/2018 12:39:20 AM)
4
BDE
What a special chasid doing the rebbes shlichus
(7/12/2018 2:30:35 AM)
5
3 things:
1. bd"e.
2. it says in the article: He was most known for his activism with gentiles as the founder and chairman of "7For70 - Seven Laws for Seventy Nations,".
I think there is a very big connection here that has to do also with 770, it is like 7-70!
3. think about it, to go to and be involved with all these kinds of people, from totally different nations..... it is amazing how he bring nations and people together! definitely Moshiach's times!!
(7/12/2018 8:04:26 AM)
6
amazing
Rabbi keli was one of those that you don't know till he goes to heaven


he's one of those thet do quietly tremendous work nobody hears
in the same time rabbi keli was connected in a way lot of people would just dream about it.
The way I met him the idea to be connected to the brought him him a lot a lot of joy
(7/12/2018 9:04:56 AM)
7
How do we get the sefer?
How do we get the shaar yichud v'emunah or anything else that he translated into Arabic to use on mivtzoim?
(7/12/2018 2:53:59 PM)
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