Mizrachi, Elijah

(c. 1450–1526)
   Turkish scholar and community leader. Mizrachi was the head of the yeshivah in Constantinople and the leading Jew in Turkey. He was a member of the sultan’s council, together with the Moslem mufti and the Greek Orthodox patriarch. At the time of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain (1492), he was active in helping the refugees resettle in the Ottoman empire. Mizrachi also showed consideration for the Karaites (see Anan ben-David) and refused to recognize the strictures passed against them.
   As a scholar, Mizrachi is best remembered for his popular commentary on RASHI’S commentary.

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