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French rabbi in scandal takes leave

PARIS — France’s top rabbi announced Thursday he is taking leave from his post, hoping to end a scandal that has unsettled the Jewish community after he borrowed other people’s work and lied about his educational pedigree.

The Central Consistory of France accepted Rabbi Gilles Bernheim’s request for time away at an urgent meeting. Bernheim, 60, apologized, saying he could not do his job with the necessary “serenity.”

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