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Ḥazzan, Solomon
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Solomon Ḥazzan was born in 1799, either in Safed or Algeria, and died in Malta in 1855/56. Little is known about his life. For some time he was the principal of the Talmud Torah in Bulaq, on the outskirts of Cairo. After the death of Rabbi Jedidiah Israel in 1831, he became chief rabbi of Alexandria, serving from 1832 until 1855 or 1856, when he fell ill. He set out for Malta to recuperate, but died en route and was buried in Malta. Around 1850, Ḥazzan acted to restore the Eliahou Hannabi synagogue in Alexandria. His books were published in 1893, shortly after the death of his wife, Sarah, by their son Da…

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Naḥem Ilan, “Ḥazzan, Solomon”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0009630>
First published online: 2010

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