David Pardo (Dutch rabbi, born at Salonica)

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David Pardo
Bornc. 1591
DiedMarch 15, 1657
SpouseRachel Sanchez
ChildrenJoseph Pardo
Josiah Pardo
Sarah Pardo (married Joseph Salom)
ParentsJoseph Pardo
BuriedBeth Haim Cemetery,
Ouderkerk aan de Amstel,

David ben Joseph Pardo (c. 1591 – 1657) was a Dutch rabbi and hakham. He was born at Salonica to Rabbi Joseph and Reina[1] in the second half of the sixteenth century. He went with his father to Amsterdam, where he became hakham of the Bet Yisrael congregation (founded 1618).[2] This congregation was consolidated in 1639 [3] [4] with the other two congregations in Amsterdam, and Pardo was appointed hakham together with Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, Menasseh Ben Israel, and Saul Levi Morteira. He was also a trustee of the Jewish cemetery and hazzan of the Bikkur Holim organization. In 1625 he founded the Honen Dallim benevolent society.[2]

In 1610, Pardo published in Amsterdam a transcription in Latin characters of Zaddik ben Joseph Formon's Obligacion de los Coraçones, a translation of the Hobot ha-Lebabot[2] into Judaeo-Spanish.[5]

On September 16, 1619, he married Rachel Sanchez (born 1595[6] at Moura, Portugal). They had three children: Joseph (c. 1624 – 1677), Josiah (1626-1684), and Sarah.[1] Josiah Pardo served as a Rabbi in Curaçao and in Port Royal, Jamaica and was one of the first Rabbis in the New World.[7]

Pardo died at Amsterdam on March 15, 1657[2] (Rosh Chodesh Nisan, 5417 A.M.[8]) and is buried at Beth Haim of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.[1]


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  2. ^ a b c d  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSinger, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "David ben Joseph Pardo". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. Retrieved Dec 11, 2013.
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  3. ^ Sarna, Jonathan (2001). "Chapter 25. The Jews in British America". In Bernardini, Paolo; Fiering, Norman. The Jews and the expansion of Europe to the West 1450-1800. New York: Berghahn Books. p. 521. ISBN 978-1-57181-153-0.
  4. ^ Green, David B. (2013-10-02). "This Day in Jewish History 1596: First Sephardi Congregation Established in Amsterdam". Haaretz. Retrieved 2019-01-28.
  5. ^  Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "FORMON, ẒADDIḲ BEN JOSEPH". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. Retrieved Dec 11, 2013.
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  7. ^ "M. Nosonovsky. New Findings at the Old Jewish Cemetery of Hunts Bay, Jamaica, pp. 116-117". 2010.
  8. ^ Hebrew inscription on his gravestone [2].