Hacham Moshe (Moussa) Haddad


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A Short Tribute

Hacham Moshe (Moussa) Haddad, son of Nissim, was born on 2 Adar 5669 (1909) in Djerba, Tunisia.

His mother was a midwife whose custom it was to assist poor and underprivileged women in childbirth, and his father was a manuscript scribe, shochet and bodeq.

 

Hacham Moshe Haddad studied Torah with Hacham Mekiketz Sheli and then jointly with Hacham Hai Hawita Hacohen, and Djerba Geonim Hacham Matzliakh Mazouz and Hacham Raphael Kadir Tzabban.

 

In 1928 Hacham Moshe Haddad married Hannah, daughter of Yoseph Houri.

 

In Djerba, Hacham Moshe Haddad was a manuscript scribe, shochet and bodeq, but when he began to experience tremors he abandoned his role as shochet and continued as a bodeq. He spent his mornings working in commerce for a livelihood and devoted his afternoons to Torah study.

 

In 1986 Hacham Moshe Haddad had Devek Tov published, written by his grandfather Hacham Kamos Michael Haddad, and edited Hacham Yonathan Sassi Cohen Ma’atuq’s book, Zera’ David.

 

Hacham Moshe (Moussa) Haddad died in 1993 and was buried in Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuhot cemetery.

 

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