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Alkabetz, Solomon
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 Solomon ha-Levi Alkabetz [Alqabeṣ] (ca. 1505, Salonica[?] – ca. 1584, Safed[?]) was a prolific author and a teacher of some of the most important kabbalists and legists in Jewish history, including Joseph Caro and Moses Cordovero. Born into a Sephardic family that had been expelled from Spain, Alkabetz grew up in Salonica, where he attended the yeshiva of Joseph Taitatzak (Taitaṣak; also Taitazak) and instructed pietists in Kabbala mysticism. In 1529, Alkabetz set out on a journey to Palestine, arriving in Safed before 1535/6. On the way, he spent time in Edirne (Adrianople), where he…

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Joseph Ringel, “Alkabetz, Solomon”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0001490>
First published online: 2010

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