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  8/19/2013, Elul 13, 5773

104th Anniversary of the Passing of the Ben Ish Hai


Monday, the 13th of the Jewish month of Elul, marks the 104th anniversary of the passing of Rabbi Yoseph Haim of Baghdad, also known as the Ben Ish Hai. The rabbi was one of the greatest legal scholars and Kabbalists of his time.

The nickname Ben Ish Hai came from a book he wrote, summarizing Jewish law from the Shulchan Aruch of Rabbi Yoseph Caro, based on sermons delivered by Rabbi Yoseph Haim. His sermons on various Jewish topics filled at least 45 volumes.