A report on Joseph Karo

Artistic conception of Karo's appearance. Painting of 19th century
Synagogue of Maran, R. Joseph Karo, in Safed
Karo's grave in Safed
Title page of Karo's Shulchan Aruch

The author of the last great codification of Jewish law, the Beit Yosef, and its popular analogue, the Shulchan Arukh.

- Joseph Karo
Artistic conception of Karo's appearance. Painting of 19th century

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Photo of Tiberias in 1870, View from South-east

Zechariah Dhahiri

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The son of Saʻīd (Saʻadia) al-Ḍāhirī, from Kawkaban, in the District of al-Mahwit, Yemen, a place north-west of Sana’a.

The son of Saʻīd (Saʻadia) al-Ḍāhirī, from Kawkaban, in the District of al-Mahwit, Yemen, a place north-west of Sana’a.

Photo of Tiberias in 1870, View from South-east

His vivid descriptions of the town Safed and of Rabbi Joseph Karo’s yeshiva are of primary importance to historians, seeing that they are a first-hand account of these places, and the only extant account which describes the yeshiva of the great Sephardic Rabbi, Joseph Karo.

David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra

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Early Acharon of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries who was a leading posek, rosh yeshiva, chief rabbi, and author of more than 3,000 responsa (halakhic decisions) as well as several scholarly works.

Early Acharon of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries who was a leading posek, rosh yeshiva, chief rabbi, and author of more than 3,000 responsa (halakhic decisions) as well as several scholarly works.

He settled in Safed, capital of the Safad Sanjak, where he became an active member of the rabbinical court presided over by Joseph Karo, who held him in great esteem.

Elisha Gallico

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Talmudist in Ottoman Galilee.

Talmudist in Ottoman Galilee.

He was a pupil of Joseph Caro.

Jewish workers in Kerem Avraham neighborhood of Jerusalem in the mid-19th century

Old Yishuv

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The Old Yishuv (היישוב הישן, haYishuv haYashan) were the Jewish communities of the southern Syrian provinces in the Ottoman period, up to the onset of Zionist aliyah and the consolidation of the New Yishuv by the end of World War I.

The Old Yishuv (היישוב הישן, haYishuv haYashan) were the Jewish communities of the southern Syrian provinces in the Ottoman period, up to the onset of Zionist aliyah and the consolidation of the New Yishuv by the end of World War I.

Jewish workers in Kerem Avraham neighborhood of Jerusalem in the mid-19th century
Funeral services for a Rabbi, Jerusalem, 1903
An Israeli etrog, with pitam and gartel (ridge around the center)

Among them were Rabbis Yakov bi Rav, Moses ben Jacob Cordovero, Yosef Karo, Abraham ben Eliezer Halevi and Isaac Luria.

Nikopol, Bulgaria

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Town in northern Bulgaria, the administrative center of Nikopol Municipality, part of Pleven Province, on the right bank of the Danube river, 4 km downstream from the Danube’s confluence with the Osam river.

Town in northern Bulgaria, the administrative center of Nikopol Municipality, part of Pleven Province, on the right bank of the Danube river, 4 km downstream from the Danube’s confluence with the Osam river.

Capitulation of Nikopol fortress, July 4, 1877
The medieval Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Nikopol
View of the Danube at Nikopol in winter
Entrance gate to the Nikopol Fortress
Nikopol Fortress plan
Overhead view of Nikopol, northern Bulgaria. - Панорамен изглед от Нико̀пол.

Joseph Karo, lived in Nikopol from 1523 to 1536

Yaakov de Castro

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Rabbinic scholar, judge and exponent of Jewish law in Cairo, Egypt.

Rabbinic scholar, judge and exponent of Jewish law in Cairo, Egypt.

In 1570, he visited Safed in the land of Israel, where he was the honored guest in the home of Rabbi Joseph Karo, who held him in great esteem.

Meor Einayim

Azariah dei Rossi

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Italian-Jewish physician and scholar.

Italian-Jewish physician and scholar.

Meor Einayim

Joseph Caro commissioned Elisha Gallico to draw up a decree to be distributed among all Jews, ordering that the "Me'or 'Enayim" be burned.