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Zacuto, Moses ben Mordecai

Zacuto, Moses ben Mordecai (1620–97), Jewish kabbalist. For much of his life Zacuto lived in Italy and was a member of the Venetian yeshivah. Although initially drawn to the Shabbatean movement, he rejected it after the apostasy of Shabbetai Zevi. He edited the kabbalistic Zohar Ḥadash (1658) and annotated the work of Luria and Vital under the acronym of ReMeZ (Rabbi Moses Zacuto). His poems have been collected in various anthologies, and his great dramatic poem, Tofteh Arukh (1715), attained great popularity.

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