Wilson Witzel was inaugurated as governor of Brazil’s capital to the sound of the shofar (ram’s horn) blown by a rabbi. Witzel was elected in October to a four-year term as the 63rd and current Governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro. A member of the Social Christian Party, Witzel is a former federal judge and an ex-marine. He is strongly aligned with the newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro who is a strong supporter of Israel.

Witzel’s victory was a nearly miraculous come-from-behind campaign with initial polling showing him with one percent of the electorate.

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“One of the most touching moments during my campaign was when I heard the shofar at the Beit Lubavitch synagogue. It gave me the strength I needed to carry on,” Witzel told reporters.

“[The shofar] represent(s) the call for freedom, to bring good vibes and positive energies to the new government,” organizers of the inauguration told the media.

Last Sunday, Witzel and his wife accompanied Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, during a visit to the Sugarloaf Mountain as part of his five-day visit to Brazil.

Netanyahu’s visit was the first by a sitting Israeli prime minister to Brazil.

Source: Israel in the News