Abulafia Synagogue, Tiberias
The tomb of Rabbi Abulafia in the old cemetery of Tiberias.
Hayyim ben Jacob Abulafia (b.1660 in Hebron, d.1744 in Tiberias), was a rabbinical authority. He was the grandfather of Hayyim ben David Abulafia and grandson of Isaac Nissim aben Gamil. Abulafia was a rabbi in Smyrna, where he instituted many wholesome regulations. In his old age (1740) he restored the Jewish community in Tiberias.
He is the author of several works:
- "Mikrae kodesh" (Holy Convocations), Smyrna, 1729, containing treatises on Biblical and Talmudical themes;
- "Yosef Lemad" (Increase of Learning), Smyrna, 1730-32, a work in three volumes on the Pentateuch;
- "Yashresh Ya'akob" (Jacob Will Take Root), Smyrna, 1729; and
- "Shebut Ya'akob" (The Captivity of Jacob), Smyrna, 1733, an elaborate commentary on the haggadic compilation "'Ein Yaakov," by Jacob ibn Habib and others.
Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography 
- ^ J. Barnay, The Jews in Palestine in the eighteenth century, Uni of Alabama Press, 1990 p.149