Rabbi Masoud Touboul, one of the leading Chabad hasidim in France, has passed away after contracting the coronavirus.
Touboul, 60, was the director of the Beit Hanna girls’ institution in Paris, attended by some-2,000 students. One of his sons is hasidic music producer Levi Touboul.
Chabad hasid, Michael Tayeb, a resident of Kfar Chabad who made aliyah from France, said, “[He was] my dear friend. I am shocked. He will be buried without [purification rites] or a minyan [for reciting kaddish]. I just spoke to his son. [Touboul] was a true Lubavitch hasid in Paris with Rabbi Azimov,” he said.
The number of coronavirus cases worldwide crossed the 300,000 threshold Saturday evening. So far, the virus that broke out in China this past December has claimed the lives of 13,000 people.
The mortality rate in Italy stands at 8.6%, in Iran the figure has reached 7.5%, in Spain, it’s at 5.3%, in the UK 4.4%, in France 3.6% and in the Netherlands, it’s at 2.9%.
Header: A person stands under an umbrella looking at the deserted courtyard outside the Louvre Pyramid, the main entrance to the museum which was once a royal residence, located in central in Paris on March 2, 2020. – The Louvre in Paris, the world’s most visited museum, was closed for a second day running on March 2, 2020, after staff refused for a second day running to work due to coronavirus fears, a union said. The Paris museum insisted that closure was not necessary in response to fears over the virus, which has spread to over 60 countries after first emerging in China late last year. (Photo by Ludovic Marin / AFP) (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)