Mordechai HaKohen of Safed

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Mordechai HaKohen of Safed (1523–1598) was a scholar and kabbalist who flourished in the second half of the sixteenth century in Safed. He was a pupil of the famous kabbalist Israel di Curiel, and a contemporary of Joseph di Trani. Mordechai wrote an allegoric-kabalistic commentary on the Pentateuch, entitled Sifte Kohen. He had to leave Safed due to financial hardships and took up position of rabbi of Aleppo, Syria in 1570.[1]


  1. ^ Jacob Culi (1978). The Passover Haggadah MeAm loʻez. Moznaim Pub. Corp. p. 253. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainIsidore Singer and Jacob Zallel Lauterbach (1901–1906). "Mordechai ha-Kohen of Safed". In Singer, Isidore; et al. Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.  Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography: Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, s.v.; Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1669.S. J.