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13 Elul – Death of Ben Ish Chai (1909)

Yosef Hayyim

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Yosef Chaim (1 September 1835 – 30 August 1909) (Iraqi Hebrew: Yoseph Ḥayyim; Hebrew: יוסף חיים מבגדאד) was a leadinghakham (Sephardi Rabbi), authority on halakha (Jewish law), and Master Kabbalist. He is best known as author of the work on Halakha Ben Ish Ḥai (בן איש חי) (“Son of Man (who) Lives”), a collection of the laws of everyday life interspersed with mystical insights and customs, addressed to the masses and arranged by the weekly Torah portion.
Rav Yosef Chaim was born in Baghdad, Iraq, where his father, Hakham Eliyahu Chaim, was the active leader of the Jewish community. Yosef Chaim’s talents were evident from a young age (composing an anonymous responsum at age 14). When he was 7 years old he fell into a pit and was very close to dying. When he got out the community believed it was a miracle so he decided to dedicate his life to Torah ,,,,,,,
The Ben Ish Chai (בן איש חי) is a standard reference in some Sephardi homes (functioning as “a Sephardi Kitzur Shulchan Arukh”) and is widely studied in Sephardi yeshivot. Due to the popularity of this book, Hakham Yosef Chaim came to be known as “Ben Ish Chai”, by which he is referred to by many today. The book is a collection of homilies he gave over two years discussing the weekly Torah portion. Each chapter begins with a mystical discussion, usually explaining how a Kabbalistic interpretation of a certain verse relates to a particular halakha, and then continuing to expound on that halakha with definitive rulings. ,,,,
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Ben Ish Hai – The Life & Times of Hacham Yosef Haim

The Ben Ish Hai. Rabbenu Yosef Haim. The author of Rav Pe’alim, Ben Ish Hai, and many other precious works and sefarim…the paradigm of total humility even amidst his towering greatness…the hacham whose ruah hakodesh and special level of holiness and connection to Hashem allowed him to perform astounding miracles on behalf of the Jewish people…

Who was this righteous and holy tzaddik, this giant of Sephardic Jewry whose Torah teachings and halachic responsa from Bavel spread throughout the entire Jewish world, influencing Jewish history forever; the one about whom it is said that there is no one in our generation like him in his expertise in the words of kabbalah and the Ari zt”l?

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Ben Ish Hai 105th Hillula Choir and Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe Address

See the amazing choir from Midrash BEN ISH HAI’s event celebrating the 105th Hillula of the Ben Ish Hai, Hakham Yosef Hayyim (Ben Ish Chai, Chacham Yosef Chaim), dressed in traditional Baghdadi garb. Be inspired by the Hakham, Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe’s address. A must watch.
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Ben Ish Hai – The Life & Times of Hakham Yosef Hayyim

The Ben Ish Hai (Ben Ish Chai): The Life of a Torah Giant. An address given by The Hakham, Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe, shlit”a, of Midrash BEN ISH HAI on the Hillula of the passing of the great Babylonian sage, Hakham Yosef Hayyim (Rabbi Yosef Chaim of Baghdad) – 13th Elul. Truly an inspiration. See more at

Ben Ish Hai: Classic Amuzing Parable: The Magician and The Band Of Thieves: By Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe

The Ben Ish Hai (Chai) (Hacham Yoseph Hayim) was renowned for his masterful story telling to illustrate a point with parables, trues stories and amusing anecdeotes. The Hakham Rabbi Ya’aqob Menashe of Midrash BEN ISH HAI, relates an amusing one with a powerful moral, the Magician and the Band of Robbers. See more at http://www.midrash,org , and

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