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Uzziel, Ben-Zion Me’ir Ḥayy
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Rabbi Ben-Zion Meʾir Ḥayy Uzziel was Israel’s first Sephardic chief rabbi. Born in Jerusalem in 1880, he came from an illustrious Sephardi lineage. His father, Joseph Raphael, was a chief justice in Jerusalem’s rabbinic court system and hailed from a line of rabbis going back to pre-expulsion Spain. His mother, Sarah, was a member of the Ḥazan family; her grandfather Ḥayyim David and her great-grandfather Raphael Joseph had both served as chief rabbis of Jerusalem over the course of the nineteenth century. Left fatherless…

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Zvi Zohar, “Uzziel, Ben-Zion Me’ir Ḥayy”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0021880>
First published online: 2010

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