RaMaK - Moshe ben Jacob Cordovero משה קורדובירו (1522 - 1570)

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Nicknames: "RaMaK"
Death: Died in Safed, Israel
Managed by: Ilana Burgess
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About RaMaK - Moshe ben Jacob Cordovero משה קורדובירו

His birthplace is unknown, but the name Cordovero indicates that his family originated in Córdoba, Spain and perhaps fled from there during the expulsion of 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition. His Hebrew signature, however, [Cordoeiro] strongly suggests a long-lasting residence in Portugal.

The Ramak was either born in, or moved to Safed in the Land of Israel, the city that was soon to become famed as a center of Kabbalah and mystical creativity. Albeit not involved in mystical studies until his twentieth year, RaMaK soon after gained a reputation of an extraordinary genius and a prolific writer. Besides his knowledge in Kabbalah, he was a Talmudic scholar and a man of commanding mastery in Jewish philosophical thought who was respected in these fields. Contrary to popular belief, however, Ramak was not one of the rabbis who received the special semicha ("ordination") from Rabbi Jacob Berab in 1538, alongside Rabbi Yosef Karo (Cordovero's teacher in Halakha), Rabbi Moshe of Trani, Rabbi Yosef Sagis, and Rabbi Moshe Alshich. As a whole, Ramak's future posterity was in speculative and performative Kabballah, but during his own lifetime he was the renowned head of the Yeshiva for Portuguese immigrants in Safed.wikipedia

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