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Tsemah, David (Ṣemaḥ, Dāhūd)
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David Tsemaḥ (Dahud Ṣemaḥ, 1902–1981) was known variously as a rabbi, poet, and scholar. Born in Baghdad, he was educated at both the local Alliance Israélite Universelle school and the Bet Zilkha yeshiva. At the age of twelve, he composed Hebrew and Arabic poems about the horrors of the First World War which were slated for publication but then burned for fear of the Ottoman authorities. Tsemaḥ later became a rabbi and ritual circumciser (Heb. mohel) as well as a bookseller and collector.

In addition to his own original Hebrew poetry and his scholarly criticism of Sephardi ve…

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Lital Levy, “Tsemah, David (Ṣemaḥ, Dāhūd)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0021640>
First published online: 2010

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