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Joseph ben Mordecai Ha-Kohen


JOSEPH BEN MORDECAI HA-KOHEN , (late 17th and early 18th century), talmudist of *Jerusalem. Joseph was a pupil of Moses b. Jonathan *Galante. From 1706 to 1718 he wandered through various European countries and, while in Venice, arranged for the printing of his own and other works. Toward the end of his life he was appointed rabbi in Ankara, Turkey.

He was the author of: Sha'arei Yerushalayim, a collection of religious poems and prayers in praise of Jerusalem (both his own and those of other authors), printed with the annotations of Moses Cohen (Venice, 1707); Divrei Yosef, homilies (ibid., 1710); Likkut Yosef, responsa on the laws of sheḥitah (unpublished). Joseph further edited Zevaḥ ha-Shelamim of Moses Galante (Amsterdam, 1708), as well as the Idrot ha-Kedoshot, based on the manuscripts of the *Zohar brought by Nathan Shapiro from Jerusalem (ibid., 1708), and also a work entitled Leket ha-Omer, containing diverse prayers according to the custom of the Jews of Corfu (ibid., 1718).


Frumkin-Rivlin, 2 (1928), 87, no. 11;4 (1930), 20; Yaari, Sheluḥei, 372f.

[Samuel Abba Horodezky]

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