Hacham David Sabbah, whose mother’s name was Mira, was born in Marrakesh, Morocco. He studied with the sages of his city, Hacham Shlomo Assebag and Hacham Moussa Ben David Ohayon.
In 1833, following the death of Hacham Abraham Pinto, he was appointed Chief Rabbi of Marrakesh and its surroundings.
Hacham David Sabbah passed away on the eve of Yom Kippur, 10 Tishrei 5618 (1858).
He authored many works, but most have been lost. Among those books that have been published are: Maskil LeDavid – original commentary on Bible and the Talmud, sermons and more; Moreh Tzedek – collections of articles; and SHU”T VeHidushei Rabbi David Sabbah u’Beit Dino - Responsa and innovations by Rabbi David Sabbah and his Rabbinic Court.