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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Tanuji, Ishmael ha-Horen

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Egyptian rabbi and author of the sixteenth century. He was a descendant of the Tanuji (from "Tanjah" = "Tangiers") family of Tunis, to which belonged R. Samuel ha-Kohen and his son R. Judah, both rabbis of Jerusalem. In 1543 he wrote a book, popular in style, entitled "Sefer ha-Zikkaron" and containing halakic decisions on current topics (Ferrara, 1555). As the chief of the Egyptian rabbis he appended his name to an approbation of the responsa of R. Elijah ben Ḥ ayyim (Ranah). There still exists in Egypt a synagogue in which Ishmael ha-Kohen Tanuji had been wont to pray, and which is therefore called by his name (see Jew. Encyc. 5:72a, line 1).

Bibliography : Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim , 1:111 Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael , p. 674.G. N. T. L.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Tanuji, Ishmael ha-Horen'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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