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Avraham Ravitz

(1934 - 2009)

Avraham Ravitz was an Israeli politician and a former member of the Knesset.

Ravitz (born January 13, 1934; died January 26, 2009) was born in Tel Aviv . He served in the IDF and studied at the Hebron Rabbinical College, and was ordained as a rabbi.

Ravitz was first elected as a Member of Knesset in 1988 as a member of the Degel HaTorah political party. From June 1990 until July 1992 he served as Deputy Minister of Housing and Construction and from April 2001 until February 2003 as Deputy Minister of Education.

In March 2005, Ravitz was appointed Deputy Minister of Social Affairs.  In November 2008 Ravitz announced that he was leaving politics, although he planned to continue to serve as Degel HaTorah chairman.

Ravitz passed away in January 2009. He is survived by his wife and 12 children.

Sources: Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Wikipedia