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Azikri, Eleazar b. Moses
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A prominent kabbalist, ethicist, and composer of liturgical poetry of the late Safed renaissance, Eleazar ben Moses Azikri was born in 1533, apparently in Safed (Ḥayyim Joseph David Azulay’s claim that he came from Istanbul has been discredited), and was ordained by Jacob Berab in 1596. In his masterwork, the Sefer Ḥaredim (Heb. Book of Those Who Tremble [before God]), Azikri refers to Joseph Sagis, a well-known associate of Isaac Luria and Joseph Caro, as his principal teacher. Azikri himself was also a student of Karo and Luria, and, as well, of Moses ben Joseph of…

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Pinchas Giller, “Azikri, Eleazar b. Moses”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0002690>
First published online: 2010

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