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Responsa by R. Shalom Messus, Casablanca 1963

כתב מה"ר שלום משאש ראב"ד קזבלנקא - ירושלים - Manuscript - Hasidic

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  • Lot Number 54260
  • Title (English) Responsa by R. Shalom Massus
  • Title (Hebrew) כתב מה"ר שלום משאש ראב"ד קזבלנקא - ירושלים
  • Note Manuscript
  • City Casablanca
  • Publication Date 1963
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2570544
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Physical Description

24 pp., 205:150 mm., light age staining, typewritten on paper, signed in ink and dated.


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Responsa by R. Shalom Messus (Hebrew: שלום משאש), Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Casablanca; Jerusalem, posek, kabbalist, reknowned leader of world Sephardic Jewry. He was born in Meknes, Morocco in 1913. He was the son of R. Mimoun Messas and his wife, Rachel.

R. Shalom Messas attended an Alliance Israélite Universelle school. He was a promising Torah prodigy at a very young age, and was a leading student of Morocco's Chief Rabbi Yehoshua Berdugo. The Messas family is an old one, with roots deep within Spain and Portugal. Shalom Messas was appointed Chief Rabbi of Casablanca at the young age of 36, he later served as Chief Rabbi of all Morocco. In 1978, then-Israeli Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef asked Rabbi Messas to come to the holy city and become its Chief Sephardic Rabbinical authority. When he departed for Israel, Rabbi Messas was escorted to the airport by Morocco's King Hassan himself, who requested that the Rabbi bless him one last time before his departure, and with that was his last official act in Moroccan.

He had worked on important matters of halakha and kabbalah right up to his last days. He was said to be very exact in preserving Sephardic customs, and would work full days and nights to try to find a halakhic way to solve the issue at hand. As an author of many books, he wrote his first significant scholarly work, "Mizrach Shemesh" in 1930, and his last work, "V'Cham HaShemesh" was written in 2002. R. Messas passed on on Shabbat Hagadol, 2003, at the age of ninety. He was buried in Har Hamenuhot in Jerusalem. His many works include: Mizrah Shemesh, Tevouot Shemesh, Shemesh Umagen, Beit Shemesh and Veham Hashemesh.