Hacham Abraham Alkalay was born to his mother and to his father Hacham Samuel in approximately 1749, in Salonika, Greece. He learned Torah from Hacham Yosef Ibn Yais, and in 1780 moved to the city of Dubnica, Bulgaria, where he served as Dayyan and teacher. Following the demise of the city's rabbi, Hacham Abraham Sid, he was appointed city's rabbi. In 1810 Hacham immigrated to Israel and settled in the city of Safed. Hacham Abraham Alkalay passed away on 6 Adar, 5571 (1811) and was buried in Safed. His writings include Zachor LeAvraham – a concise collection of Halakhic rulings in alphabetical order, Chessed LeAvraham – a book of responsa, and Drushim leShabbatot Hashana – which has remained in manuscript form.
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