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Ezra ha-Bavli
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Ezra ha-Bavli was a rabbi and Hebrew poet who lived in Iraq during the first half of the eighteenth century. His Tokheḥot Musar (Heb. Moralistic Reproofs), completed in 1731, was published in 1735 in Castaneda. His Netivot Shalom (Heb. Paths of Peace), which included castigations, homilies, and biblical exegesis, was published in 1742.

Ha-Bavli had a phenomenal knowledge of the Bible,the Babylonian Talmud, and other Jewish sources. His aesthetic achievement in  Tokheḥot Musar was remarkable. The book is a poetical guide to the ethical life intended to keep readers from strayin…

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Lev Hakak, “Ezra ha-Bavli”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0008750>
First published online: 2010

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