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Tz’fas

Tz’fas, 1573: The Radvaz Passed away.

Rabbi David ben Zimrah, known by the acronym of his name Radvaz, was born in Spain, prior to the infamous expulsion in 1492. At the time of the expulsion, his family crossed the Mediterranean Sea to Fez, Jerusalem, and thereafter to Egypt, where he was appointed as rav. Thereafter he emigrated to Tz’fas.

The Radvaz abolished the Minyan Shtaros [The Seleucid era (“SE”) or Anno Graecorum (literally “year of the Greeks” or “Greek year”], sometimes denoted “AG”), which was the yearly count used in many Jewish communities since the times of Shimon Hatzadik.

Sources: Shem HaGedolim; wikipedia.org

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