Attia, Isaac ben Isaiah

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ATTIA, ISAAC BEN ISAIAH (18th–19th century), rabbi in Aleppo. He served as dayyan and taught in the yeshivah in Aleppo. Attia's wife and children perished in the plague of 1787. He was in halakhic communication with the scholars of Aleppo and also in 1790 with Ḥayyim Joseph David *Azulai. In c. 1814 he set out on a journey which lasted more than seven years. Attia traveled from Syria to Ereẓ Israel and then to Egypt, France, and Italy, staying in Leghorn for at least five years. There he published many of his books. Among his works are (1) Zera Yiẓḥak (Leghorn, 1793), sermons on Genesis. The book also included Yekara de-Ḥayyei, eulogies, as well as Pilpelet Kol she-Hu, on the tractate Sukkah; (2) Rov Dagan (Leghorn, 1818), on the Babylonian Talmud together with Ot le-Tovah, responsa and halakhic novellae in alphabetical order; (3) Eshet Ḥayil (Leghorn, 1821), on the last chapter of Proverbs; (4) Zekhut Avot (Leghorn, 1821), on Avot; (5) Mesharet Moshe (Leghorn, 1821), on Maimonides' Yad, to which is appended a collection of articles on the Shulḥan Arukh; (6) Va-Yikra Yiẓḥak (Leghorn, 1825), a homiletical commentary on Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and the five scrolls. Included with it are Doresh Tov, on Genesis and Exodus and Ekev Anavah, sermons and eulogies; (7) Tanna ve-Shiyyer; Penei ha-Mayim (Leghorn, 1831), responsa, and novellae on the Talmud, together with a commentary on Rashi and Elijah *Mizraḥi.


M. Benayahu, Rabbi Ḥ.Y.D. Azulai, 1 (1959), 109, 218.

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