Hacham Joseph Knafo


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A Short Tribute

Hacham Joseph Knafo, son of Moshe, was born in 1853 in Mogador, Morocco. He lived in Marrakesh from childhood, where he learned Torah from Hacham Abraham Coriat and additional great thinkers.

Hacham Joseph Knafo married Zohara, and the couple had three children.

After years of laboring Torah study, Hacham Joseph returned to Mogador and began preaching Torah to the general public.

In 1859, he began to officiate as cantor and rabbi of the LaKahal synagogue where he would spend most of his day, devoting his time to study, writing his books, and imparting Torah.

Hacham Joseph Knafo passed away on 30 Heshvan, Rosh Chodesh Kislev, 5661 (1901) in Mogador, where he was buried.

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