Yaakov Shaul Elyashar

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Yaakov Shaul Elyashar
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Yaakov Shaul Elyashar
Position Rishon LeZion
Began 1893
Ended 1906
Predecessor Raphael Meir Panigel
Successor Yaakov Meir
Personal details
Born (1817-06-01)1 June 1817
Died 21 July 1906(1906-07-21) (aged 89)

Yaakov Shaul Elyashar (1 June 1817 – 21 July 1906), also known as Yisa Berakhah, was a 19th-century Sephardi rabbi in Palestine. He became Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Palestine in 1893.

He was born in Safed. His father, rabbi Eliezer Yeruham Elyashar, was a shochet. In 1853 he was appointed dayan in Jerusalem and became head of the beth din in 1869. In 1893 he became the Rishon LeZion or Sephardi chief rabbi of Palestine. Rabbi Shmuel Salant was the chief rabbi of the Ashkenazi community at the time and they enjoyed very warm relations and collaborated on various issues affecting the entire Jewish settlement in Palestine.

Elyashar wrote thousands of responses to questions from Ashkenazim and Sephardim throughout the world.

The Jerusalem neighborhood of Givat Shaul is named after Elyashar.[1]

Some of his descendants have since changed the English spelling of the last name from Elyashar to Eliashar.


  1. ^ "Jerusalem Municipality - Official Website". drop-down menus: Community, Neighborhoods. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 

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