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Peraḥya, Ḥasday Ben Samuel ha-Kohen
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Ḥasday ben Samuel ha-Kohen Peraḥya was a rabbi and halakhic authority in Salonica. Born around 1605 into one of the city’s distinguished families, and a disciple of Ḥayyim Shabbetay (d. 1647), he was appointed a dayyan in the city’s old Italian congregation in 1647. From 1671 until his death in 1678, he served as  chief rabbi of the Salonica community and raised up some noteworthy disciples, most especially  Jacob ben Abraham de Boton (d. 1687). In 1723, some years after Peraḥya’s death, a collection of his responsa, entitled ToratḤesed (The Law of Kindness) was published in Sal…

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Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky, “Peraḥya, Ḥasday Ben Samuel ha-Kohen”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 21 October 2020
First published online: 2010

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