Hacham Shlomo Vazan

A Short Tribute

Hacham Shlomo Vazan, son of Yehuda, was born in Tunis. His father died while he was still a child. His mother, in her sorrow, donated all her husband's books to the synagogue, so that many of his writings were lost. Hacham Sholmo Vazan studied Torah with Hacham David Injar in Tunis.

Hacham Shlomo Vazan officiated as a rabbi in the city of Sousse in Tunisia and, in 1773, was the one who welcomed Maran HaHID"A when he came to visit that city. Hacham Shlomo Vazan also officiated as dayan and preached in the towns surrounding Tunis.

Hacham Shlomo Vazan passed away on 16 Nissan, 1812. He authored Yeriot Shlomo, containing sermons on the Torah, published after his death.

A few quotes from the Rabbi on 'Redemption of Israel' in which he interprets the parable of a broken stone sewn with threads of sand

It says, based on the Book of Lamentations, that "a person coming from Athens arrived in Jerusalem, found a broken stone vessel, picked it up and brought it to a tailor, and said, 'Sew this broken vessel for me'. The tailor, handing him a fistful of sand, said, 'Weave me some thread from the sand and I will sew'. This was a reference to the nation of Israel, who are as oppressed, broken and dispersed as is that broken stone vessel. What possible repair could bring them home to their land, being "a people that dwells apart"? How can they ever be mended, in their dispersion and brokenness? The tailor, understanding the riddle, also used flowery language to hint in his reply to the nation of Israel, who are likened to the sands of the sea. By taking a fistful of sand, and saying, "Weave me some thread to mend the vessel" he meant: When the nation of Israel will be woven together in unity, with no slander between them, this will be their repair (tikun)… The repair of Israel as a whole, though they may be oppressed, broken or dispersed, is through unity and peace between each other; this will repair the shards of my People and bring them to total repentance, and then will it be "Israel in whom I glory", and "Who is like Your people, Israel, one nation in the land?" -  in unity.

Yeriot Shlomo, p. 94a, Vazan and Castro Press, Tunis, 1891