Rav Avraham ben Dovid, Ravad III, also known as the Baal Hasagos (1121-1198). The 3rd of three great Jews named Avraham ben Dovid who lived in the same era, this Rav Avraham was born in Provence in the
Over three decades after his petiroh, Rav Yitzchok Hutner’s Torah is as eagerly sought as ever. The volumes of his Pachad Yitzchok are treasured by those who possess and pore over them, their message casting (more…)
This article was written about my grandfather, The Gaon Rabbi Be zalel Ze’ev Shafran z’l, Chief of the Rabbinic court of Baku, Romania, author of Sh’elot U’tshuvot R’BAZ. He died on the 14th of Kislev 5690 (1930). The article was originally printed in different form in the volumes “Otsar Hachaim” and “Kibutzei Ephraim”, and also in the local Jewish publications “Tribuna Evreska” in 1932, issue 22, and “Bakuvel”, issue 203, 1932.
I offer this revised version in his memory for his yarzheit.
- Rabbi Eliyahu Safran
To be called “Gaon” is a mark of distinguished honor, one bestowed only upon the most grand of the grandest Torah luminaries; it is a title (more…)
In 1492, when King Ferdinand of Spain ordered his Jewish subjects to “convert or get out,” one of the most glorious periods in the annals of Jewish history came to end: the Golden Age, during which time such (more…)
Rav Eliyahu Kubo, av beis din of Saloniki, author of Aderes Eliyahu and Sheni Hame’oros Hagedolim (~1628-1688). The Kubo family had immigrated to Greece from Spain during the Spanish expulsion. Rav (more…)