Naphtali (name)

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Naphtali is the sixth son of Jacob (and second son with Bilhah) in the Bible and the founder of the Israelite Tribe of Naphtali.

Naphtali, Naftali or Naftoli may also refer to:

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  • Naphtali Busnash (assassinated 1805), statesman and chief of the Algerian Jews
  • Naphtali Cohen (1649–1718), also known as Naphtali Katz, Russo-German rabbi and kabalist
  • Naphtali Daggett (1727–1780), American academic and educator, first professor of Yale University and later university president
  • Herz Cerfbeer of Medelsheim (1730–1793), Yiddish birth name Naphtali Ben Dov-Beer, French Jewish philanthropist
  • Naphtali Friedman (1863–1921), Jewish Lithuanian lawyer and politician in the Russian Empire and Lithuania
  • Naphtali Keller (1834–1865), Austrian Jewish scholar
  • Naphtali Tuli Kupferberg (1923–2010), American counterculture poet, author, cartoonist, pacifist anarchist, publisher and co-founder of the band The Fugs
  • Naphtali Lewis (1911–2005), American papyrologist and Egyptologist
  • Naphtali Luccock (1853–1916), American bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Naphtali Hirsch Treves, kabbalist and scholar of the 16th century
  • Naphtali Hirz Wessely (1725–1805), German Jewish Hebraist, educator and advocate of reform


  • Naftoli Shapiro (1906–1981), Orthodox Talmudic scholar and rosh yeshiva in Glasgow, Scotland
  • Naftoli Trop (1871–1928), Talmudist and rosh yeshiva in Poland


  • ben Naphtali (first name in dispute), a rabbi and Masorete who flourished about 890–940 C.E.
  • Peretz Naftali (1888–1961), Zionist activist and Israeli politician
  • Timothy Naftali, director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum