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Algazi, Yom Ṭov ben Israel Jacob
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Yom Ṭov Algazi(1727-1802), the son of Israel Jacob Algazi (1680-1756), was, like his father, a principal member of the Bet El Yeshiva and a member of the initial circle around Shalom Sharabi and Ḥayyim Joseph David Azulay. He became Rishon le-Siyyon (Heb. chief rabbi) in 1777. As an emissary (Heb. shadar) for the Jerusalem community, he traveled widely in Europe and made a favorable impression on such monolithic figures of the Hungarian rabbinate as Moses Sofer (Ḥatam Sofer) and his father-in-law, Akiva Eiger.

Yom Ṭov Algazi was the head of Bet El for the last twenty-five years of …

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Pinchas Giller, “Algazi, Yom Ṭov ben Israel Jacob”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0001360>
First published online: 2010

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