A Short Tribute
Hacham Haim Mordecai Labaton, son of Hacham Halphon, was born in 1780 in Aram Tzova, Aleppo of today, Syria. He was appointed Chief Rabbi of Aleppo in 1858, and filled the position for the rest of his life.
Hacham Haim Mordecai Labaton and his spouse had three sons. His first wife died when he was seventy years old, and he married a young woman, with whom he had a daughter. His shares his deliberation concerning a second marriage late in life in his halakhic Responsa.
Among Hacham Haim Mordecai Labaton's descendants were Hacham Ovadia Hadiah and Hacham Shalom Hadiah.
Hacham Haim Mordecai Labaton passed away on 20 Sivan, 5629 (1869), at age 89, and was buried in Aleppo.
His writings were published in Ben Yair, a book of sermons, and in Nochakh HaShulchan, a book of Responsa that includes questions raised by the author himself and original Torah commentary on Rishonim writings [11 – 15th c.]. Additional works of his remain in manuscript form.