When you think of the most widely practiced religions in the world, you may think of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. And you may also think of Judaism, which is considered one of the oldest monotheistic religions, or religions believing in one god. Judaism is practiced by about 14 million people in the world. Most Jews today live in Israel, the United States, and Canada, but the Jewish diaspora is spread throughout the world, including Singapore. In fact, if you were to look into it, there have been prominent Jews in Singapore since the early days of her history.
Rabbi Mordechai Abergel is the religious leader of the small and thriving Jewish community here in Singapore. Since his arrival 23 years ago, along with his wife, Rabbi Abergel has helped to enrich a Jewish community that is not only vibrant, but also deeply integrated into the greater Singaporean society. In our wide-ranging conversation, Rabbi Abergel talked about his life, his devotion to the pastoral tradition of his religion, the many contributions Jews have made in Singapore and the religious diversity and tolerance here.