Hayon, Nehemiah Hiya ben-Moses

(c. 1655–c. 1730)
   Safad Cabbalist. Hayon was born in Safad, in Galilee, his father having emigrated there from Sarajevo. He was a student of the Cabbala and known to be a follower of the messianic claims of SHABBETAI ZEVI. When he settled in Amsterdam in 1713, the ‘heretical’ nature of his books was denounced by the Ashkenazi rabbi, and a storm of controversy was aroused. Hayon was excommunicated and his works condemned. He died in poverty in North Africa.

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

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