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Raḥamim, Ezekiel Ezra
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Ezekiel (Yehezkel) Ezra Raḥamim, known by the acronym Ya"AR, was born in Baghdad in 1876 and emigrated to Jerusalem in 1904. From childhood he distinguished himself as a prodigy in all facets of rabbinic studies, and by the age of fifteen he was considered one of the foremost sages of Baghdad. He was, as well, a confidant of Joseph Ḥayyim al-Ḥakam, the Ben Ish Ḥayy. Ben Raḥamim passed away in 1908 at a young age, leaving a wife and daughter, and providing for their needs precluded the publication of his works. Although he wrote many practical codes of law, only one, ʿAṣe ha-Yaʿar (The Trees of t…

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Pinchas Giller, “Raḥamim, Ezekiel Ezra”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0018200>
First published online: 2010

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