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Mishʿan, Elijah
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Elijah ben Abraham Mishʿan (d. 1882) was the most influential kabbalist of the Aleppo community in the nineteenth century, and his students, most notably Ḥayyim Saul Duwayk, had enormous influence in the Jerusalem Jewish community into the period of the British Mandate. Mishʿan was regularly consulted by the Jerusalem kabbalists of the Bet El school, especially Jedidiah Raphael Ḥayy Abulafia, as well as by Moses Galante of Damascus. He played an instrumental role in determining the standard version of Shalom Sharabi’s prayerbook, for which the Aleppo version is viewed as pr…

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Pinchas Giller, “Mishʿan, Elijah”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0015430>
First published online: 2010

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