SEPHARDI AND MIZRAHI (EASTERN)
Abensur-Hazan, Laurence. Les Pontremoli, deux dynasties rabbiniques en
Turquie et en Italie -. préface de Mario
Modiano. Paris: L. Abensur-Hazan, 1997. (F)
- The Pontremoli, two rabbinic dynasties in Turkey and Italy.
See alphabetical indexes of:
Ben Naim, Yosef. Malkhei Rabanan. Jerusalem, 1931.(H)
A comprehensive anthology of
Sefardi rabbis in Morocco. Arranged alphabetically by personal name.
In 1995 Yad Ben Tsvi
(Jerusalem) published an experimental version of indices prepared by
Mathilde Tagger of Jerusalem. These
are arranged by surname, compositions written by the rabbis, place of residence, date (both secular and Hebrew).
This highly recommended source of 127 pages covers the period
1275-1929. [Comment by Chaim
- The book has been fully indexed (alphabetically arranged by surnames) in
Latin letters with added biographical notes. It includes 1,750 Rabbis. You can find it on the web
[Comment by Mathilde
- Catton, Sam. Men of Faith and Vision. New York: Sephardic Heritage Foundation, 2001.
- Available for free by calling Catton Brothers Corp., 112 W 34th St # 1905, New York, NY,
212-695-6343. [Comment by Sarina Roffe]
Chazan, Shelomo. Ha-maalot li-Shelomo. Alexandria, 1894. (Reprinted in Jerusalem, 1968). (H)
Benyamin Rafael. Malkhei
Tarshish. Jerusalem, 1986. (H)
A 365 page anthology of
Tunisian rabbinical families arranged according to surname. Indices by
Mathilde Tagger published by Yad
Ben Tsvi library in 1994 arranged by surname, composition, places
of residence. Although the book commences from the period after the
destruction of the Second Temple, the main part of the book covers the
period 1690-1980. [Comment by Chaim
Freedman, F1] See Tagger.
- Biographical dictionary of Tunisian Rabbis, arranged by periods and
families, with supplement at the end of each letter. [Comment
by Mathilde Tagger]
- Frumkin, A. Toldot Khakhmei Yerushalayim. Jerusalem, 1872.
- History and biographies of scholars and rabbis who settled in Eretz Yisrael, particularly in Jerusalem, from the period of the Spanish Expulsion (1492) until the
mid-nineteenth century. The Sephardi and Ashkenazy communities are presented in parallel but separately. Detailed supplementary notes by Eliezer Rivlin assist in the identification of some personalities and add later material. [Comment by Chaim
Galante, Abraham. Histoire des Juifs d'Izmir (History of the Jews
of Izmir). Istanbul: M. Babok, 1937-39.
Gaon, Moshe David. Yehudei Hamizrakh Be’erets
Yisrael (Oriental Jews in the Land of Israel). Jerusalem, 1936. (H)
This 750-page work is in two
volumes, the second is a history of rabbis and prominent scholars, writers,
and communal leaders who worked towards the realization of the concept of Shivat
Tzion, the return to Zion and the rebuilding of the land. Essentially a
biographical anthology, this extensive work includes rabbis from Turkey,
Syria (Haleb), Bulgaria, and the Balkan communities. It is arranged
alphabetically by surname. Mathilde Tagger has prepared an index in Latin
script which includes reference to the places where the rabbis were active. [Comment by Chaim
- A biographical dictionary of all the Sephardi and Mizrahi
rabbis, plus some outstanding Jews, who visited, settled, lived, and died in Erets
Yisrael. Tagger's Index of Gaon's Book in Latin
Letters, includes biographical notes and is found at:
[Comment by Mathilde
Gedolei Salonica. (H)
An anthology of rabbis in
Tripoli, Egypt and Syria. [Comment by Chaim
- Harel, Yaron. Sifrei Aram Tsuba.
Jerusalem: Ben Zvi Institute, 1997. (H)
- Refers to Aleppo, Syria. Besides the analysis of each title, the book includes a biographical
index of the authors. [Comment by Mathilde
- Laniado, David Tsion. La Kedoshim asher bare"ts. Jerusalem,
1935, 1980. (H)
A source of Syrian families. Recommended by Rabbi Meir Wunder. [Comment by Chaim
- Partly reedited recently. The tombstones inscriptions of
Aleppo Rabbis, 17th-19th century. See also:
- Larado, Avraham. Les
Noms des Juifs du Maroc sa essai d’Onomastique Judeo-Marocaine. Madrid: Instituto d Arias Montano, 1978. (F)
- Extensive biographic listing with detailed sources. Terrific
for genealogists. [Comment by Jeff
An onomastic analysis of the
surnames of the Jews of Morocco which includes much biographical
material including rabbinical families in 1,161 pages. [Comment by Chaim
Eliahu Rafael. Malkhei
Yeshurun. Jerusalem, 2000. (H)
biographical listing of rabbis of Algeria. [Comment by Jeff
- Biographical dictionary of Algerian rabbis, arranged by
surname. [Comment by Mathilde
- Modiano, Mario. Hamehune Modillano. Limited Non-commercial printing: Athens, 2000.
- The book describes the genealogical structure of the Modiano Family from Salonika (Ottoman Empire until 1912, then Greece) which sprang from a family of rabbis who had immigrated from Italy and (presumably before that) Spain.
The book's second edition can be downloaded from http://www.themodianos.gr/.
[Comment by Mario Modiano]
- Otsar Yehude Sefarad: le-heker toldot Yehude Sefarad
ve-tarbutam. Jerusalem, Israel. v. : ill.; 24 cm. Sefer 1 719 (1958 or
1959)-Ceased in 730 (1969 or 1970). (periodical) (H)
- Ovadia, David. Fez ve hakhameha. Jerusalem,
- Fez, Morocco, and its rabbis, from Yahas Fez. [Comment by Jeff
- Rozanis, S. Divrei Yemei Yisrael Betorgama. Tel Aviv, 1930.
Details of the origin of
families in the Turkish Empire including the Baltic countries. [Comment by Chaim
- Serels, Rabbi Dr. Mitchell. A History of the Jews of Tangier in the 19th and 20th
Centuries. New York: Sepher-Hermon Press, Inc., 1991. (E)
- Has (not-inclusive) references and biographies of the following.
[Comment by Sarina Roffe]
Rabbi Judah Benchimonl
Rabbi Salomon Benchimonl
Chief Rabbi Judah Benchimonl
Rabbi Yahya Auday
Rabbi Abraham Bensusan
Rabbi Mordecai Bengio
Rabbi Isaac Bengualid
Rabbi Shlomo Isaaci
Rabbi Jacob Levy
Rabbi Mordecai Laredo
Chief Rabbi Saadia Rebboh
Chief Rabbi Abraham Toledano
Chief Rabbi Moses Toledano
Rabbi Joseph Toledano
Rabbi Aaron Toledano
Rabbi Isaac Toledano
Rabbi Jacob Toledano
Rabbi Joshua Toledano
Rabbi Pincus Toledano
Rabbi Samuel Toledano
Mathilde. Maftehot lasefer Malkei Tarshish leRab. Benyamin Rafael Cohen
(Index to Malkhei Tarshish). Jerusalem:
Institute, 1994. (H)
- Includes surname alphabetical index, alphabetic list of book titles
written by the rabbis, and alphabetical list of places.
[Comment by Mathilde
Tagger] See Cohen.
- Tagger, Mathilde. Chronological list of Chief-Rabbis of
- Tagger, Mathilde. Chronological list of Manisa Chief-Rabbis, in
"Sephardic Community of Manisa."
- Tanugi, Y. Toldot Khakhmei Tunis. Bnei Brak, 1988. (H)
- Toledano, Joseph.
Une Histoire de Familles: Les Noms de Famille Juifs d’Afrique du Nord des Origines a Nos
Jours. Jerusalem: Ramtol, 1999. (F)
An anthology of families from
North Africa and Egypt. [Comment by Chaim
4Information on rabbinical
genealogy published on the Internet may be found separately in
the extensive Links section of the Rav-SIG web site. See: Links
Biographical information on rabbis may be contained
in Yizkor books. A listing of all published Yizkor books is too lengthy to
reproduce here. For more information, see the following:
Pinkas Hakehillot. Multi-volume project published progressively by Yad Vashem, Jerusalem,
(H) [See JewishGen Yizkor Book
Whilst particular stress is given to the Holocaust period, the historical background and development of the communities is summarized. For many towns, this material
constitutes the only extant source due to the dearth of information about a particular town.
Volumes published to date include Poland, Germany, Rumania, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Holland, Greece,
and Libya. Some of these countries encompass several volumes. Although Pinkas Hakehillot
does not present rabbinical genealogies in a formal genealogical structure, this important work of Yad Vashem has considerable value for rabbinical genealogical research. Each town entry includes a list of the rabbis who occupied the rabbinical seat over the period of Jewish settlement in the town. If there was an element of familial succession to this post, then the familial detail supplied, even if incomplete, is one of the sources for research. Where Chassidic dynasties held court in a town then the familial succession to the title of "Admor" or "Rebbe" is given considerable coverage. Individual scholars appear even if they held no official position.
So the genealogist should refer to Pinkas Hakehillot, realizing that the information, while valuable is incomplete. [Comment by Chaim
1. All comments by Chaim
Freedman are used with permission from his book, Beit
Rabbanan: Sources of Rabbinic Genealogy.
Petah Tikva, Israel: self-published, 2001. Mathilde Tagger (Jerusalem, Israel) provided
the author with a selection
of principal Sephardi sources.
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