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Nagara, Israel ben Moses
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(Naǧara; c. 1555, Damascus – c. 1625) is regarded as the great poet of the “golden age” of Jewish culture of the 16th century in Zefat. Following the destruction of the Jewish communities in Spain (1492) this Upper Galilean region, where various kabbalistic schools (Kabbalah) were situated, flourished. Although Nagara is often regarded as a kabbalistic poet, the Kabbalah did not occupy a meaningful place in his work. He served as the rabbi of the Gaza Jewish community for several years. He wrote hundreds of poems, some secu…

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Dan, Joseph, “Nagara, Israel ben Moses”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 January 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024006>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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