Hacham Mekiketz Israel Haddad


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A Short Tribute

Hacham Mekiketz (Gutza) Israel Haddad was born to Janina and to Shumani, Hacham Nissim Haddad's grandson, in Djerba. He studied Torah with Hacham Rachamim Hai Hayuta Hacohen, who also ordained him as a shochet and bodeq, and received a permanent stipend from Hayuta and Azizi, sons of Reuven Cohen Lemdjerbi. Hacham Mekiketz (Gutza) Israel was also a mohel, cantor and preacher. He eventually served as a dayan and halakhic adjudicator in Tatouine.

Hacham Mekiketz Israel Haddad married Yaakuta, daughter of Ruth, who died at the very young age of 22. He remarried, taking Hannah, daughter of Zion Houri, as his wife.

His father died at a young age, in 1943, after much suffering.

Hacham Mekiketz (Gutza) Haddad immigrated to Israel and served as Rabbi of the Beit Hagedi moshav in the Negev. He passed away on the 11th of Tishrei 5740 (1980). His published work includes Ko'akh Le'Hai, Asbi'a Lechem, and Sha'agat Arieh.

 

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