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Pinto, Ḥayyim
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Ḥayyim Pinto ha-Gadol (Heb. the elder; 1794–1845) was the patriarch of one of Morocco’s most famous saintly lineages. Born in Agadir, he is more closely associated with the city of Essaouira (Mogador), where he received his rabbinic education, served on the rabbinic court (bet din), and was enshrined after his death. His renown as a sage and a miracle-worker represents the conjunction of two key facets of sainthood in Jewish North Africa. His hagiographic biography alludes to his prolific textual output, in the form of judicial decisions and published rabbinic …

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Oren Kosansky, “Pinto, Ḥayyim”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 December 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0017630>
First published online: 2010

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