|Born||Gilles Uriel Bernheim
30 May 1952
|Occupation||Chief Rabbi of France|
Gilles Uriel Bernheim (French pronunciation: [ʒil y.ʁjɛl bɛʁ.nɛm]; born 30 May 1952) is a French philosopher and rabbi who was formerly the Chief Rabbi of France. Born in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, in 1952, he was elected by the general assembly of the Central Consistory chief rabbi of France on June 22, 2008, for a seven-year mandate starting from January 1, 2009. Until then, he had been rabbi of synagogue de la Victoire, the main synagogue in Paris, since May 1, 1997. However, he resigned as chief rabbi in April 2013 before his term had ended, amid revelations of plagiarism and deception about his academic credentials.
The French Government appointed him Knight [Chevalier] in the Légion d'honneur, on April 10, 2009.
Career as chief rabbi
In October 2012, he took a clear position against gay marriage in a plagiarized essay entitled "Mariage homosexuel, homoparentalité et adoption : ce que l’on oublie souvent de dire" (approximately equivalent to "Gay marriage, gay parenting and adoption: What we frequently forget to mention" in English)
« The problem in the proposed legislation, the harm it would cause to our entire society for the sole benefit of a tiny minority, once they have irreversibly blurred three things:
- the genealogical substituents of parenthood in paternity and maternity,
- the status of the child, shifts to being subject to that of an object to which anyone is entitled,
- identities where naturally given sexual differentiation would be forced to give way to the orientation expressed by each in the name of countering inequality, twisted into the eradication of differences. »
"The Chief Rabbi of France, Gilles Bernheim, has shown in a very detailed and profoundly moving study that the attack we are currently experiencing on the true structure of the family, made up of father, mother, and child, goes much deeper."
Plagiarism and Academic Credentials
It was also revealed that he did not actually qualify for the prestigious title of "agrégé of philosophy" that had often been attributed to him. The agrégé title required passing a rigorous examination that was necessary for becoming a professor of philosophy. While he may not have directly claimed to hold that qualification, he had allowed others to refer to him using the title without clarifying his actual status.
On April 11, 2013, in the wake of these revelations, he resigned as chief rabbi.
Bernheim's father was a wood seller and died when he was 14. His mother, Berthe (Blime), née Klein, is a former pupil of Antoinette Feuerwerker and was a teacher of mathematics. His wife is a psychoanalyst, and he is the father of four children.
- Perelman, Marc, New Chief Rabbi Appointed in France, Jewish Daily Forward, June 26, 2008.
- France gets new chief rabbi, Yeshiva World News, June 23, 2008.
- Anshel Pfeffer (June 24, 2008). Haaretz, ed. "Gilles Bernheim, 56, elected France's new grand rabbi". Unknown parameter
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- Le Monde article
- Gilles Bernheim. "Mariage homosexuel, homoparentalité et adoption : ce que l’on oublie souvent de dire. Essai de Gilles Bernheim, Grand Rabbin de France". le site du grand-rabbin de France. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
- "Benoît XVI: "Dans la lutte pour la famille, l'Homme est en jeu"". Le Figaro. 21 décembre 2012.
- "ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS BENEDICT XVI ON THE OCCASION OF CHRISTMAS GREETINGS TO THE ROMAN CURIA". Clementine Hall, Vatican City. Friday, 21 December 2012.
- "La communauté juive est atterrée par les plagiats du grand rabbin de France".
- France's chief rabbi apologizes for plagiarism, Haaretz, April 3, 2013.
- http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/france-s-chief-rabbi-resigns-admits-to-deception-local-media-reports-1.514955 (By Haaretz, 11 April 2013 at 3:47 PM). Retrieved 13 April 1013.
- France's top rabbi Gilles Bernheim quits in plagiarism row at BBC Online; published 11 April 2013; retrieved 11 April 2013
- (French) Who’s Who in France : Dictionnaire biographique de personnalités françaises vivant en France et à l’étranger, et de personnalités étrangères résidant en France, 44th edition for 2013 printed in 2012, 2371 p., 31 cm, ISBN 978-2-85784-053-4"Bernheim, Gilles, Uriel", page 268.
- Un Rabbin dans la Cité, Calmann-Levy, 1997
- Le Souci des Autres au fondement de la loi juive, Calmann-Levy, 2002
- Réponses juives aux défis d'aujourd'hui, Textuel, 2003
- Le rabbin et le cardinal, Stock, 2008. Avec le cardinal Philippe Barbarin, prix Spiritualités d'Aujourd'hui 2008
- N'oublions pas de penser la France", Stock, 2012
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