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Khaḍḍūrī, Sassoon
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Sassoon Khaḍḍūrī was born in either 1880 or 1886 and educated at the Bet Zilkha yeshiva in Baghdad. He headed the Baghdadi Jewish community for three terms (1928–1930, 1933–1949, 1953–1971) and also served as ḥakham bāshī (chief rabbi) during his first term as head of the community. Khaḍḍūrī was a strong supporter of the Jewish “Iraqi orientation” and refused to do anything that could adversely affect the status of the Jews in Iraq. In line with other Iraqi Jewish leaders, he rejected  Zionism and would not collaborate with Zionist organizations. When a call was issued in J…

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Reuven Snir, “Khaḍḍūrī, Sassoon”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 November 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0012840>
First published online: 2010

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