List of Sephardi chief rabbis of the Land of Israel

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This list of Sephardi chief rabbis of the Land of Israel documents the rabbis who served as the spiritual leader of the Sephardic community in the Land of Israel from the mid 17th-century to present. The Hebrew title for the position, Rishon LeZion, (lit. "First to Zion"), has been used since the beginning of the 17th-century, and is sourced from a verse in Isaiah 41:27. Between 1842 and 1920 the position of Hakham Bashi of Palestine was officially recognised by the Ottoman Empire.

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  1. ^ Dov Noy; Ellen Frankel; Dan Ben-Amos (2007). Folktales of the Jews. Haifa, Israel: Jewish Publication Society. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-8276-0829-0. Retrieved 18 October 2011.