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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Azban, Mordecai Ben Isaac

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Cabalist and rabbi in Leghorn born in the interior of Africa died at Jerusalem 1740. At Leghorn he had a controversy with Abraham Ḥ ayyim Rodriguez, which is printed in the latter's collection of decisions, entitled "Oraḥ le-Ẓ adiḳ ." He went as rabbi to Aleppo, and later to Jerusalem, where he remained till his death. Azban composed "Zobeaḥ Todah" (Thank-Offering), which contains a lengthy penitential prayer ("widdui gadol") with reference to the various human organs so far as they lead man to sin (Constantinople, 1733). This work was modeled after Eleazar Ascari's "Sefer Ḥ aredim." He also wrote "Yissa Berakah" and other works of a mystic nature.

Bibliography : Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim , 2:38,42 Benjacob, Oẓ ar ha-Sefarim , p. 154.K. M. K.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Azban, Mordecai Ben Isaac'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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