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Guess who’s coming for Shabbos

King Charles III meets Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis during a September reception at Buckingham Palace. (Aaron Chown/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)
King Charles III meets Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis during a September reception at Buckingham Palace. (Aaron Chown/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

Good news, royalty fans! British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has found a place to stay within walking distance of Buckingham Palace for Parashat Emor, the packed weekend that features Cinco De Mayo (and Pesach Sheni) on Friday and the royal coronation on Saturday, May 6.

Rabbi Mirvis and his wife Valerie, will crash with King Charles III, who has offered to host the couple at Clarence House, his residence, a third of a mile from the palace.

While the Telegraph reported that a member of the rabbi’s staff called the offer “an amazing gesture,” it’s not the first time the king has accommodated Mirvis’ religious observance.

After Queen Elizabeth died on a Thursday, the king’s reception at Buckingham Palace was rescheduled to being early in the day on Friday, allowing Mirvis to attend and fulfill rabbinical duties later in the day.

For his part, the new king has no plans to move into Buckingham Palace anytime soon; he is reportedly waiting for renovations there to conclude in 2027.

Jewish Telegraphic Agency

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