Gabbai Family

(18–19th century)
   Widespread family in Iraq and India. Isaac ben-David ben-Jeshuah (d. 1773), called Isaac Pasha, held the office of nasi (head) of the Baghdad community from 1743 till his death during the plague of 1773. Isaac was a stern disciplinarian, and even meted out corporal punishment. He presented the local academy with its first complete printed edition of the Talmud.
   Ezekiel ben-Joseph ben-Nissim (d. 1826) helped the sultan to suppress a rebellion in Baghdad. He was called to Constantinople, where he held high office at the court. His brother Ezra was appointed nasi in Baghdad (1817–24). The influence of the brothers excited envy and intrigues, and they were both executed.

Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament. . 2012.

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