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MORDECAI HA-KOHEN OF SAFED:

Cabalist and scholar; flourished in the second half of the sixteenth century. He was a pupil of the famous cabalist Israel de Curiel, and a contemporary of R. Joseph di Trani. The latter mentions him in his responsa (ii., No. 106). Mordecai wrote an allegoric-cabalistic commentary on the Pentateuch, entitled "Sifte Kohen" (Venice, 1605; Wandsbeck, 1690).

Bibliography:
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, s.v.;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1669.
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