A Short Tribute
Hacham Abraham Ankawa, son of Hacham Mordecai and also called Rabbi ABB"A, was born in Salé, Morocco in 1807. He studied in Salé Torah with Hacham Raphael Bibas. He officiated in the Salé city rabbinate with Hacham Yitzhak Ben Soussan Halevy.
In 1850, he fled to Algeria from Muslims who sought to punish him for having brought back a young woman who had fallen into their hands to Judaism. He settled in Tlemcen. He then moved to Mascara, where he officiated as a rabbi and Dayan, and eventually moved to Oran.
Hacham Abraham Ankawa passed away on 16 Cheshvan, 5650 (1890).
He authored many works, including Kerem Chamor – Responsa, Homer Chadat Ve'Atik – on Kabbala, Zechor Le'Avraham – on religious laws, Minei Targima – a commentary on the Hagaddah, and Mellel Le'Avraham – sermons.