Abulafia Synagogue, Tiberias
Hayyim ben Jacob Abulafia (born 1660 in Hebron, d.1744 in Tiberias), Ottoman Syria) 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.
The tomb of Rabbi Abulafia in the old cemetery of 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