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Abulafia (Abū ʾl-ʿĀfiya) Family
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The Abulafia family (also Abulafia, Abulefia; from Ar. Abū ʾl-ʿĀfiya, father [possessor] of good health) was an influential Sephardic family of rabbis, intellectuals, poets, dayyanim, communal leaders and Court Jews in Spain in the Middle Ages. After the expulsion from Spain in 1492, many of its descendants settled in the Ottoman Empire, where they continued to serve as rabbinic and communal leaders and halakhic decisors (Heb. posqim).

The most important branch of the family lived in Toledo from the twelfth century onward, and its members were generally called Levi (Ar.…

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Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky, “Abulafia (Abū ʾl-ʿĀfiya) Family”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0000510>
First published online: 2010

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