Italian physician, rabbi, poet, and writer; lived in the second half of the seventeenth and the first half of the eighteenth century at Padua, where he was also instructor in the yeshibah. He published in Italian: "Chirurgia Pratica," Padua, 1677. At his death he left the following manuscript works in Hebrew (Ghirondi MSS.): "Haggahot," glosses on some halakic works of post-Talmudic authors; "Mar'eh ha-Seneh" (Vision of the Thorn-Bush), a description of a persecution of the Jews at Padua, probably of the same one of which the work of his uncle Isaac Ḥayyim Cantarini, "Paḥad Yiẓḥaḳ," treats. Responsa of his are also extant in manuscript.

Wolf ("Bibl. Hebr." iii. 565) mentions Cantarini's correspondence with the Christian scholar Unger of Silesia on the history of the Jews in Italy.

  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, pp. 102, 230;
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. 1876, p. 37;
  • ib. 1877, p. 89.
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