Hacham Eliyahu Cohen


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A Short Tribute

Hacham Eliyahu Cohen, son of Hacham Kamus Cohen, was born in Djerba, Tunisia.

He began his Torah studies with Hacham Moshe Zaqen Mazouz and Hacham Haim Cohen. Hacham Eliyahu Cohen was an expert in the Halakha of ritual slaughtering and kashrut, serving as a shochet and bodeq in Djerba. He exchanged letters and Responsa with the sages of Tunis, including Hacham Kalfon Hacohen, Hacham Moshe Zaqen Mazouz and Hacham Shimon Cohen, among others.

Hacham Eliyahu Cohen officiated in the Tripoli rabbinate for a short period.

He passed away on 20 Tevet, 5684 (1923) in Djerba.

Hacham Eliyahu Cohen left us with original commentary on the Bible, Orakh Mishordrash [homiletic] and Derech Yasharpshat [literal], and original commentary on Talmud, Tractate Avot, and Responsa on Treifa halakha. His writings were kept by Hacham Eliyahu Moshe Cohen Driham, whose children had them published after immigrating to Israel in a book entitled Orchot Haim.

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