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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Algazi, Solomon Nissim, the Elder

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Rabbi in Smyrna and in Jerusalem in the seventeenth century. He must not be confused with his grandson and namesake, a rabbi in Egypt in the eighteenth century. Solomon Algazi was a prolific writer on all topics of rabbinical literature, and has won distinction by his treatment of Talmudic hermeneutics and methodology. His attempts to rationalize Talmudic Haggadot, while not scientific in a modern sense, still prove him to have been superior to the average Talmudist of his age. His best work is his Talmudic methodology, "Yabin Shemu' ah" (He Will Elucidate the Message), which is written in the form of a commentary to Joshua Levi's "Halikot ' Olam" (Venice, 1639 Leghorn, 1792). He wrote two other works on Talmudic methodology namely, "Halikot Eli" (The Ways of My God Smyrna, 1663), and "Gufe Halakot" (Principle of Halakah Smyrna, 1675). Algazi was also the author of "Ahabat ' Olam" (Everlasting Love), a series of homilies (Constantinople, 1642 Dyhernfurth, 1693) "Hamon Rabbah" (The Great Multitude), an index of the Biblical passages quoted in Midrash Rabbah (Constantinople, 1644) "Zehab Sebah" (The Gold of the Hoary Head), on Talmudic Haggadot, (Constantinople, 1683) "Leḥ em Setarim" (Secret Bread), Talmudic novellæ (Venice, 1664) "Me' ullefet Sappirim" (Overlaid with Sapphires), selections from the Zohar (Smyrna, 1665 Amsterdam, 1703) "Raẓ uf Ahabah" (Inlaid with Love), or "Apirion Shelomoh" (Solomon's Palanquin), notes on the Tosafot to the haggadic passages in the Talmud (Smyrna, 1659 Amsterdam, 1710) "Ta' awah la-' Enayim" (A Delight to the Eyes), notes on the Talmudic Haggadot (Salonica, 1655 Sulzbach, 1687).

Bibliography : Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim , p. 82 Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. Colossians 2277 Fü rst, Bibl. Jud. 1:37,38.D.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Algazi, Solomon Nissim, the Elder'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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