Joseph Molcho

Joseph Molcho (Hebrew: יוסף מולכו) born 1692, died 1768[1] was a rabbi and judge from Thessaloniki, Greece. He is considered one of the most important Greek-Jewish rabbis of his generation, having published several books, including the Shulḥan Gavoah (Hebrew: שולחן גבוה), a restatement of the Arba'ah Turim and the Shulḥan Arukh to reflect the dominant customs in Thessaloniki at the time. He moved to Jerusalem in 1750 and died there.[2]

BiographyEdit

Joseph Molcho was born in 1692 to Rabbi Abraham Molcho, a descendant of Jews who fled the Spanish Inquisition.[3] He became the student of the chief rabbi of Thessaloniki, Joseph David. At eighteen he married and had at least three sons. He was considered an expert in shechita and became the head shokhet of Thessaloniki. In 1750 he left his children with his brother and moved to Jerusalem with his father.[citation needed]

BooksEdit

  • Shulchan Gavoah, a restatement of the Arba'ah Turim and Shulchan Aruch[citation needed]
  • Ohel Yosef (אהל יוסף, a book of responsa first published in Thessaloniki in 1757 [4]
  • Zobach Todah (זובח תודה) on the laws of shechita, first published in Thessaloniki in 1741 [5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zohar Amar. "כשרות הטווס" (in Hebrew). daat.
  2. ^ "Dan Wyman Books, LLC".
  3. ^ Joseph Molcho. שו"ת אהל יוסף (in Hebrew). p. יו"ד סימן ל.
  4. ^ "HebrewBooks.org Sefer Detail: אהל יוסף -- מולכו, יוסף בן אברהם". www.hebrewbooks.org. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  5. ^ "HebrewBooks.org Sefer Detail: זובח תודה -- מולכו, יוסף בן אברהם". www.hebrewbooks.org. Retrieved 1 January 2020.