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Halevī, Menaḥem Shemu’el
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Menaḥem Shemu’el Halevi was born in 1884 in Hamadan. He was educated at the local religious maktab (Heb. ḥeder) and then at the traditional primary school of the Alliance Israélite Universelle when it opened in 1900. He was subsequently employed at the Alliance school for twelve years, first as a teacher, later as its vice-principal (1907) and principal (1910). His education and communal activism soon made him the Jewish community’s civil leader and representative to the municipality of Hamadan as well as its chief rabbi.

Halevi fought zealously against assimilation and conversi…

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Orly R. Rahimiyan, “Halevī, Menaḥem Shemu’el”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000291>
First published online: 2010

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