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Buton, Meʾir de
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Meʾir ben Abraham Ḥiyya de Buton (di Boton) was born  in Salonica around 1575. He studied under his father, the great halakhic scholar Abraham Ḥiyya ben Moses de Buton (1545–1588), and wrote an introduction to the Leḥem Mishne, his father’s commentary to Maimonides’s Mishne Torah. He was later appointed rabbi of the community of Gallipoli and served there until his death in 1649.

Under the leadership of Me’ir de Buton, the yeshiva in Gallipoli became one of the great centers of Torah study in the Ottoman Empire. Throughout his life, Meʾir corresponded with the halakhic authorit…

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Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky, “Buton, Meʾir de”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0004750>
First published online: 2010

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