Ibn Ardut, Ḥayyim Joseph ben Azriel Ha-Kohen
IBN ARDUT, ḤAYYIM JOSEPH BEN AZRIEL HA-KOHEN
IBN ARDUT, ḤAYYIM JOSEPH BEN AZRIEL HA-KOHEN (before 1750–1827), scholar of Salonika. Ibn Ardut was appointed rabbi of Salonika after the death of Raphael Ḥayyim Abraham *Covo in 1792. He was responsible for the printing of a large number of books, among them the Yekara de-Shakhvei (Salonika, 1774) and the Ẓemaḥ David (ibid., 1785–1811) of his grandfather, *Joseph David. He wrote approbations to most of the books published in Salonika during his period of office. His responsa appear in the books of contemporary scholars, particularly in the responsa Be'er ha-Mayim (ibid., 1836). The great influence he exerted upon his contemporaries is reflected in the poem "Zemer" composed by Aaron b. Moses Judah ẓevi Ashkenazi, the emissary of the Holy Land, in honor of the community of Salonika.
Rosanes, Togarmah, 5 (1938), 148; 6 (1945), 86f.