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Ben Ḥassin, David
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David ben Aaron ben Ḥassin (Ibn Ḥassin, Ḥassin), one of the best-known and most beloved poets of Moroccan Jewry, was born in Meknes in either 1722 or 1727 into a scholarly and devoutly religious family. As a child he was given a Torah education and was an excellent student. At the age of seventeen, he wrote an essay entitled Migdal David (Tower of David) that proffered new insights on the Torah and ideas about Torah study and memorization. He married the daughter of his teacher, Mordecai Berdugo.

Ben Ḥassin lived in a tragic era in the history of the Jews of Morocco. During his yo…

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Ephraim Hazan, “Ben Ḥassin, David”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0003650>
First published online: 2010

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