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Alfandari, Aaron ben Moses
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Aaron ben Moses Alfandari (1690?–1774) was a rabbi and halakhist and the scion of a distinguished Sephardi family that had spread widely through the Ottoman Empire. He taught at the yeshiva of Izmir (Smyrna) and served also as a dayyan. About 1757 he settled in Hebron, where he was appointed chief rabbi in 1770.

His known halakhic works are Yad Aharon (The Hand of Aaron) and Merkevet ha-Mishne (The Second Chariot). In Yad Aharon, a work in four volumes, he attempted to bring Ḥayyim Benveniste’s Keneset ha-Gedola up to date by including later decisions and other sources, his own d…

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Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky, “Alfandari, Aaron ben Moses”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0001270>
First published online: 2010

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