Abdallah Somekh (1813 - 1889) MP

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Nicknames: "Rabbi Abdullah Somech Zatzal"
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Birthplace: Bagdad, Iraq
Death: Died in Iraq
Cause of death: Cholera
Occupation: Great Rabbi
Managed by: Avi Naveh
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About Abdallah Somekh

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Hakham Abdulla Somekh was born the eldest of 8 brothers and 8 sisters. He was Chief Rabbi of Bagdad, and was held in high esteem from Europe to the Far East. He is considered to be the greatest Iraqi rabbi of the last generations. See "Scribe" #36 Sept'89.

Rabbi of Bahgdad; born in that city 1813; died there 1889. He was educated by Rabbis Jacob Joseph ha-Rofe and Moses Hayyim, the latter of whom held the office of ab bet din. Somekh, who was looked upon as the spiritual head of the Bahgdad community, was well known also in other parts of Asia, especially India, and his legal decisions were generally accepted as conclusive. About twenty yeshibot were established through his influence with the Sassoon family, E. R. Menashi, and other members of the Calcutta community. Somekh left in manuscript a work on ritual, parts of which were published after his death (Bahgdad, 1900) under the title "Zibhe ?ede?." A riot occurred at his funeral, the Muslims objecting to his being buried near one of the tombs of their local saints. Of Somekh's pupils, still living, may be mentioned Joseph Hayyim Moses; Abraham Hallel, the present ab bet din at Bagdad; Ezekiel Solomon David; and Ezra Cohen.J. N. E. B. E.

Rabbi Abdallah Somekh died of cholera outside Baghdad and the authorities would not allow his body to be returned to Baghdad so he was buried outside. Some time later ??? his body was disinterred because permission had been received to move his remains to Baghdad. They found that 'his body had not deteriorated at all but was as if it had just been buried! -------------------- נולד בגדאד תקע"ג

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HACHAM Abdallah Somekh's Timeline

1813
1813
Bagdad, Iraq
1835
1835
Age 22
1835
Age 22
1838
1838
Age 25
1841
1841
Age 28
1844
1844
Age 31
1847
1847
Age 34
1850
1850
Age 37
1853
1853
Age 40
1889
September 13, 1889
Age 76
Iraq