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Amsterdam, 1706: Rabbi Leib Charif passed away.

In a unique chronology in old Yiddish, we read the following: “In the year 445, was accepted and arrived, the great gaon, Rabbi Leib Charif, the Av Beis Din, and Rosh Yeshiva. He led the community well, for twenty-three years. He passed away on Shabbos, 13 Teves, and was brought to kevurah on Sunday 14 Teves 476.”

A responsa from R’ Leib Charif can be found in the sefer Teshuvas HaGeonim, published in Amsterdam 1707, in the title page he’s addressed as follows: “The great and old gaon, Av Beis Din, and Resh Mesivta, of the holy community of Amsterdam, Rabbi Yehudah Leib Charif, zecher tzadik livrachah.” he’s mentioned before the renowned Chacham Zvi.

Source: She’eiris Yisrael, Yossipon, 93a.


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