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Ibn Jamil, Isaac Nissim


IBN JAMIL, ISAAC NISSIM (17th century), rabbinical scholar of Ereẓ Israel. Born in *Safed, Ibn Jamil lived for a considerable time in *Jerusalem. He was one of the signatories in 1657 to the letter of appointment of the Jerusalem emissary, Baruch Gad, who had traveled to *Iraq and *Persia to search for the Benei Moshe and who claimed to have met there a member of the lost Ten Tribes. The rabbis of Jerusalem made a copy of the letter which they sent to Nathan Shapira, an emissary of Jerusalem. In 1664 he moved to Hebron, where he remained until his death. His grandson, Ḥayyim *Abulafia, published his writings from a manuscript in his possession. Ibn Jamil was the author of Be'er la-Ḥai (Smyrna, 1729), homilies, appended to Yashresh Ya'akov by Ḥayyim Abulafia; and Ḥayyim va-Ḥesed (ibid., 1736), homilies published together with the Ḥanan Elohim of Ḥayyim Abulafia.


Ḥ.J.D. Azulai, Ma'gal Tov ha-Shalem, ed. by A. Freimann (1921–34), 92; Frumkin-Rivlin, 2 (1928), 33 no. 13, 37 n.1; Rosanes, Togarmah, 4 (1935), 307; 5 (1938), 299; Yaari, in: Sinai, 6 (1940), 171 n. 15; idem, in: Aresheth, 1 (1958), 125 no. 17, 131 no. 39.

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