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ḤAYYIM JACOB BEN JACOB DAVID:

Rabbi of Smyrna; lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. According to Michael, he was born at Smyrna and was a pupil of Ḥayyim b. Jacob Abulafia, author of "'Eẓ Ḥayyim." He went to Safed, the rabbis of which town sent him on a mission to North Africa, where he stayed for several years: in 1718 he was in Tunis, in 1729 in Algeria. Not long after his return he was sent to Europe, and while in Holland he published: "Ẓeror ha-Ḥayyim," novellæ on the "Yad" of Maimonides (Amsterdam, 1738); "Samma de-Ḥayye," responsa, and notes to the four Ṭurim (ib. 1739).

Bibliography:
  • Michael, Or ha-Ḥayyim, p. 403, No. 877;
  • Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael, p. 366;
  • Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 102;
  • Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 182.
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