Nathan Nata Spira

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Nathan Nata Spiro
Born 1585
Died July 20, 1633
Kraków, Poland
Residence Kraków, Poland
Nationality Polish
Occupation Chief Rabbi of Kraków
Parent(s) Solomon Spiro

Nathan Nata[1] Spira (Hebrew: נתן נטע שפירא‎‎; 1585[2] – July 20, 1633[3]) was a Polish rabbi and kabbalist.[4] He had an important role in spreading Isaac Luria's teachings throughout Poland.[4] Spira was the author of the Megaleh Amukot.[3] Spira was a student of Meir Lublin.[4]

Spira descended from a rabbinical family, which traced its lineage as far back to Rashi, the noted 11th-century French commentator.[2][5] He was named after his grandfather Nathan Nata Spira, who was rabbi in Hrodna and authored of Mevo Shearim (1575) and Imrei shefer (1597).[2][3] His father was Solomon Spira.[3]

Spira had seven children, three sons and four daughters.[6] Spira was Chief Rabbi of Kraków, but refused a salary.[3]


  1. ^ Also spelled Note (Yiddish: נָטֶע‎)
  2. ^ a b c Elior, Rachel. "Spira, Natan Note ben Shelomoh". YIVO (Institute for Jewish Research). Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kayserling, Meyer; Schulim Ochser. "24. Nathan Nata Spira". Jewish Encyclopedia. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Sherwin, Byron L. (1997). Sparks Amidst the Ashes: The Spiritual Legacy of Polish Jewry. Oxford University Press US. pp. 43 & 65. ISBN 978-0-19-510685-5. 
  5. ^ Gelles, Edward (2006). An Ancient Lineage: European Roots of a Jewish family : Gelles-Griffel-Wahl-Chajes-Safier-Loew-Taube. Vallentine Mitchell. p. 231. ISBN 978-0-85303-680-7. 
  6. ^ Rafaeli, Esther (2004). The Modest Genius: Reb Aisel Harif. Devora Publishing. p. 324. ISBN 978-1-932687-04-0.