Menahem ben Moshe Bavli

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Menahem Ben Moshe Bavli
Died 1571
Other names Menahem Ben Moses Bavli, Menahem ben Moshe ha-Bavli, Menahem ben Moshe HaBavli, Recanati, Menahem ben Moses ha-Bavli Recanati and Menachem Ben Moses HaBavli Rekanati[1]
Occupation Rabbi and author
Years active 1500–1570s

Menahem ben Moshe Bavli (Bavli meaning from Mesopotamia), also known as Menahem Ben Moshe ha-Bavli,[2] (?-1571) was a Jewish rabbi and author of the 1571 book Ta'amei Ha-Misvot ("The Reasons For The Precepts").


Although many details about his life are unknown, different stories say he was originally from Italy or Baghdad until moving to a variety of places. In 1522 and 1525, he was a dayan in Trikkala, Greece[3] until moving to Erez and also Safed, both in Israel, where his father and brother, Reuben, accompanied him, where they worked in wool dyeing. Menahem was also a correspondent of Joseph ben Ephraim Karo. Menahem was considered one of the town's best scholars and published Maran le-Even ha-Ezer in which he insinuated being a student of Jacob Beran. He visited Egypt until returning to Safed and eventually going to Hebron in 1540, where was one of a group of important Sephardic Jewish scholars living there in the 16th century,[4] after acquiring land from the Karaites.[5]

Russian-Hebrew poet David Vogel used one of Menachem' works after Vogel visited Paris and Palestine.[6]


  1. ^ "Menahem ben Moses, ha-Bavli, -1571". social Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ David, Abraham; Orda, Dena (2010). To Come to the Land: Immigration and Settlement in 16th-Century Eretz-Israel. University of Alabama Press. p. 243. ISBN 0817356436. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ Heller, Marvin J. (2007). Studies in the Making of the Early Hebrew Book. BRILL Publishers. p. 110. ISBN 9047423925. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ Cohn-Sherbok, Dan (2011). A Dictionary of Kabbalah and Kabbalists. Impress Books. ISBN 1907605177. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ Auerbach, Jerold S. (2009). Hebron Jews: Memory and Conflict in the Land of Israel. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 40. ISBN 074256617X. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Haaretz Exclusive / Noa Limone reveals a previously unknown novel by David Vogel". January 20, 2012. Retrieved August 23, 2015. 

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