R. Elijah ben Suleiman (1818–1899) belonged to the Mani family of Iraq and Erez Israel which, according to family tradition, is of Davidic origin, its name being an acrostic of Mi-Geza Nezer Yishai. One of the best known Iraqi rabbis, R. Mani was born in Baghdad, studied at the Beit Zilka rabbinical academy and was one of the outstanding pupils of R. Abdallah Somekh. In 1856 he settled in Erez Israel, first in Jerusalem, but two years later he moved to Hebron. He played a prominent role in the development of the Jewish community there. In 1865 he was appointed chief rabbi of Hebron and retained this post until his death. For fourteen years he accepted no payment, but later was forced by poverty to except remuneration. By nature an unassuming and generous man, he was outspoken and adamant in matters of religious observance. He made several journeys on behalf of the Hebron community: to India in 1873; Egypt, 1872 and 1878; and Baghdad 1880. In 1879–80 a fierce argument broke out between R. Mani and two prominent members of the community, Mercado Romano and R. Rahamim Joseph Franco, which split the community into two factions. In the end R. Mani’s views prevailed. R. Mani wrote several books dealing with traditional and mystical Jewish studies. Also published, in addition to Karnot Zaddik, is Zikhronot Eliyahu, a collection of religious precepts, arranged in alphabetical order, of which two parts appeared (Jerusalem, 1936, 1938). Many of his responsa were published in the Jerusalem Me'assef and in the writings of contemporary rabbinic scholars.
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הסכמות רבני ירושלים: ר' אלי' דוד ב"ר בנימין ראבינאוויץ תאומים , יום האחרון לתשלומי עצרת [יב סיון] תרס"ד;
ר' ליפמאן דוד במוהר"י [ב"ר יעקב שוואקס], ר' יוסף יהודה בר"ד [ב"ר דוד בער] הלוי, ר' אברהם ב"ר דוד הכהן [פרידמאן], יח סיון תרס"ד;
ר' יוסף חיים זאנענפעלד, ראש-חודש סיון תרס"ד.