Azulay, Ḥayyim Joseph David
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Ḥayyim Joseph David Azulay (1724–1806), known by the acronym Ḥida, was one of the most important rabbinic scholars of eighteenth-century Sephardic Jewry. Born in Jerusalem, Azulay was descended from a Spanish rabbinical family on his father’s side, whereas his mother was the daughter of an Ashkenazi pietist who had accompanied Judah Ḥasid to Palestine in 1710.

Although he enjoyed great scholarly prestige as a halakhist and kabbalist, Azulay devoted much of his life to serving as an emissary (Heb. shadar or shaliaḥ) for the Jewish communities of Palestine. Between 1753 and 17…

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Matthias Lehmann, “Azulay, Ḥayyim Joseph David”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 23 October 2017
First published online: 2010



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