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ḤABILLO (CHAVILLO), ELISHA BEN SOLOMON:

Venetian Talmudist of the eighteenth century; descendant of a prominent Palestinian family. Judah Chavillo is mentioned as a renowned Talmudist in the responsa "Darke No'am" (iii. 39) of Mordecai Levi of Cairo. Elisha was a disciple of David Pardo and the author of the following works: (1) "Pat Leḥem," containing the ritualistic laws concerning the benedictions, especially the grace after meals () (Leghorn, 1794); (2) "Hamon Ḥogeg," commentary on the Haggadah of Passover (ib. 1793); (3) "'Abodat ha-Tamid," commentary on the prayer-book according to the Spanish rite (ib. 1794), in which he adopted many interpretations of the renowned Shabbethai Ḥayyim, afterward discarding them as being heretical; (4) "Shif'at Rebibim," liturgical poems of David Pardo, with additions of his own (ib. 1793).

Bibliography:
  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 11;
  • Mortara, Indice Alfabetico, p. 12;
  • Zedner. Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 176, s.v. Chavillo;
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. iii. 593.
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