Intrigue and revolution : chief rabbis in Aleppo, Baghdad, and Damascus, 1744-1914 / Yaron Harel ; translated by Yehonatan Chipman.

Harel, Yaron, author.
Standardized Title:
Ben tekhakhim le-mahpekhah. English
Oxford ; Portland, Oregon : The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2015.
xiv, 380 pages ; 24 cm
Chief Rabbinate -- Syria -- Aleppo -- History.
Chief Rabbinate -- Syria -- Damascus -- History.
Chief Rabbinate -- Iraq -- Baghdad -- History.
Rabbis -- Syria -- Aleppo -- Office -- History.
Rabbis -- Syria -- Damascus -- Office -- History.
Rabbis -- Iraq -- Baghdad -- Office -- History.
Chief Rabbinate.
Rabbis -- Office.
Iraq -- Baghdad
Syria -- Aleppo
Syria -- Damascus
"This book provides a rather unusual view of the Syrian Jewish community in that while ostensibly dealing with the appointment and dismissal of chief rabbis between 1744 and 1914 it in fact considers the power struggles within the community in the context of the new secularity that occupied centre stage in the community politics of the period. The story begins with the appointment of Rabbi Zedaqa Hossein as chief rabbi of Baghdad and concludes with the dismissal of Rabbi David Papo from his position in the same community after the revolution of the 'Young Turks'. The book relates these affairs, together with the disputes and controversies that accompanied them, against a background of little-known phenomena in Jewish society, among them crime, power struggles, book-burning, conversions, and even assaults and assassination attempts on rabbis. Using a wide range of testimonies gleaned from Ottoman Jewish, Arabic, and European sources, Yaron Harel paints a colourful picture of the fabric of Jewish society, very different from the commonly accepted image of Jewish communities in the Fertile Crescent:-- Provided by publisher.
Part I: Harbingers of upheaval. 1. Sadkah Houssin's struggle for control over the Baghdad community
2. Raphael Solomon Laniado and the struggle in Aleppo against the inheritance of the rabbinate
Part II: Rabbis of the reform. 3. The saga of Raphael Kassin: from {H.}akham Bashi in Baghdad to reform rabbi in Aleppo
4. The Baghdad community torn between Rabbis Samoha and Dangoor
5. Abraham Dweck Hakohen (Khalousi): the last {H.}akham Bashi born in Aleppo
6. Yitshak Abulafia's troubled path to rabbinic office in Damascus
7. The appointment and deposition of Rabbi Yitshak Abulafia
Part III: Rabbis of the revolution. 8. The appointment and removal of Rabbi Solomon Eli'ezer Mercado Alfandari in Damascus
9. Jacob Danon's appointment as Rabbi of Chief Damascus and its consequences
10. Hezekiah Shabetai's struggle against deposition in Aleppo
11. The removal of the {H.}akham Bashi of Baghdad, David Pappo, by the young Turks.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
Chipman, Yehonatan, translator.
Anne and Joseph Trachtman Memorial Book Fund.
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