Simy Simcha Elhadad, who lived with her daughter, Judith, in Paris, passed away on March 27 as a result of COVID-19.

Born in Ouezzane , a small town in Morocco, to her parents Eliyahu and Mazal Tov Benayoun, Simcha “Simy” Elhadad was descended from a long line of prominent Sephardic rabbis, among them Rabbi Yosef Albo, author of Sefer HaIkkarim, a fundamental 15th-century work on Jewish principles.

“She was the epitome of goodness and kindness,” her son Samuel told “Her generosity was exemplary in all facets of her life, particularly at her Shabbat table, where she welcomed people week after week during her entire lifetime. She modeled all aspects of a true ‘Woman of Valor,’ and touched the lives of many with her delicious challah, phenomenal cooking and the warmth with which she received each and every visitor in her home.”

“All those who encountered her knew her as a true Eshet Chayil, upholding Jewish values to the utmost while providing both physical and spiritual nourishment,” he remembered.

Elhadad is survived by six children and seven grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, David, in 2001.

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