PARIS – The spokesman for the chief rabbi of France, who has refused to quit his post despite admitting to plagiarism and lying about his qualifications, quit himself on Wednesday, French news agencies reported.
The spokesman, Rabbi Moché Lewin, did not give an explanation for leaving his job and did not comment on the case of the chief rabbi, Giles Bernheim, though he praised him for his work in creating "a Judaism of openness."
Rabbi Bernheim spoke Tuesday night on the radio and admitted plagiarizing numerous other authors and exaggerating his academic credentials, but said that for him to quit his job would be an act of "vanity" and "desertion."world
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.