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Ashear, Moses
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Born in 1877 in Aleppo, Moshe Ashkar came to New York in 1912.  In New York he became known as Moses Ashear. Ashear had been the official baʿal qore (Heb. Torah reader) and ḥazzan (Heb. cantor) in Aleppo since 1903. Now he became the ḥazzan of the Magen David congregation in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, a post he retained until his death in 1940. Ashear was a rabbi, payṭan (Heb. liturgical poet), composer, ḥazzan, and scholar who had studied with Rabbi Raphael Antebi Taboush (1873–1919) in Aleppo. He was particularly noted for the pizmonim he wrote in the Aleppan Syrian trad…

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Mark Kligman, “Ashear, Moses”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0002330>
First published online: 2010

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