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    From Brooklyn to Reykjavik, This Rabbi Is Fighting for Judaism

    Due to bureaucratic hurdles and a low Jewish population in the Nordic nation, Judaism is not formally recognized by the Icelandic government — but 27-year-old Avi Feldman is campaigning to change that, OZY reports. The young rabbi is a long way from home: Born and raised in Crown Heights, New York, Feldman and his family migrated to Iceland and set up near Reykjavík Harbor, making him the first rabbi in the island nation since World War II.

    What challenges does he face? His efforts might be complicated by Iceland’s open criticism of Israel, which has prompted some local Jews to keep a low profile.

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