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Rachel Chalfan (Krava Kuh)

Death: Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Isaac Krava Kuh and Kayle Krava Kuh
Wife of Rabbi Dr. Abba Mari Salvator Chalfan
Mother of Rabbi Dr. Elia ben Abba Mari Chalfan and ? Gans
Sister of Shmuel Kuh; Loebl Krava Kuh; ? Krava Kuh and Vit Krava Kuh

Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Rachel Chalfan

There is some dispute among the various authorities on the relationship between Rabbi Eliyahu Chalfon (c.1490- c. 1560 Venice) and Rabbi Kolonymos (Calo) b. David (1496-1540) of the famous Kalonymos family. Wachstein (and various sources relying on him) says Eliyahu is the son-in-law of Kalonymos, relying on this reference to a manuscript described in Krafft-Deutsch, Die handschriftlichen hebräischen Werke der K.K. Hofbibliothek zu Wien, page 130 (1847) (note that Krafft-Deutsch says "Schwager" = brother-in-law, not "Schwiegersohn" = son-in-law).

מודה אני קלונימוס בכ דוד בע לבית קלונימוס איך אני נותן במתנה זה ספר למהרר אליהו חלפן חתני יצו מרצון נפשי ולראיה כתבתי וחתמתי שמי פה ויניזיאה בחדש נובמבר רפו

He says that Eliyahu Chalfon is his son-in-law. (חתני)

Jacobi, Vol. I, p. 176 17.1m says that Wachstein made a mistake, and confused Rabbi Eliyahu's wife Fioret with her daughter-in-law Rachel, the wife of Rabbi Dr. Abba Mari Chalfon (d. 1586 Prague), so he thinks Fioret is not the daughter of Kalo b. David, but that Rachel is. I haven't yet found any other reference to this Rachel, who Jacobi says died in Prague.

The references in Jacobi are Kaufmann "Chalfan" p. 106 and OG II 162.

The Kaufman page reference makes no sense because the Chalfan article is pages 500-508, as set forth also in Jacobi's bibliography. On p. 501, Kaufmann says that Rabbi Eliyahu is the son-in-law of RR. Kalonymos b. David. See

OG II is N.J. Hakohen, Otzar haGedolim (Hebr. Vol. I/IX) (Haifa 1967). Volume II is

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Praha, Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic)
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic)