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Lot #    20164
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:15:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Responsa by R. Mordecai b. Joseph Bengio
Title (Hebrew)    תשובה מה'ר מרדכי בן גיו
Author    [Ms. - Unpublished]
City    Tangier
Publication Date    1860
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [20] pp., 195:148 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, neat Moroccan Rabbinic script, signed and dated.
   Unpublished responsa. R. Mordecai b. Joseph Bengio (1825-1917), was elected chief rabbi of Tangier at the age of 28 in 1855, succeeding his grandfather, R. Moshe, who died of the plague. In the election for chief rabbi, he won over R. Reuben M. Bengio, R. Moshe Marrache and R. Moshe Pimienta. His election was confirmed by Caid ben-Abbas. R. Bengio was an erudite scholar and considered a great rabbinic authority. At the end of the nineteenth century he founded the Ez Haim synagogue. He worked hard to reform the Junta and bring a measure of democracy to the community on non-religious issues. R. Mordecai also supported the opening of the schools. R. Bengio served as chief rabbi until his death in 1917, for over 62 years.
   A history of the Jews of Tangier by Mitchell Serels.New York: Sepher-Hermon Press, 1991.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Morocco
Responsa:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Responsa:    Checked
Kind of Judaica