Luzzatto, Moses Hayyim (Ramhal)

   Italian kabbalist. Hebrew poet and writer. He was born in Padua. He engaged in mystical practices and gathered around himself a group of disciples. He believed he was in communion with a maggid who dictated secret doctrines to him. His messianic claims provoked the hostility of the rabbis. Forced to leave Italy, he settled in Amsterdam and subse-quently went to Palestine. He wrote kabbalistic studies, ethical works, theological investigations, poetry and verse drama. He is regarded as the father of modern Hebrew literature.

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  • LUZZATTO, MOSES ḤAYYIM — (Heb. acronym RaMḤaL; 1707–1746), kabbalist, writer of ethical works, rhetorician, logician, and Hebrew poet; leader of a group of religious thinkers who were mainly interested in the problems of redemption and messianism and probably tried to… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Moshe Chaim Luzzatto — Not to be confused with Samuel David Luzzatto. Tziyun of the Ramhal in Tiberias, ir hakodesh ttbb a, Israel. Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Hebrew: משה חיים לוצאטו, also Moses Chaim, Moses Hayyim, also Luzzato) (1707 1746 (26 Iyar 5506)), also known by… …   Wikipedia

  • BENJAMIN BEN ELIEZER HA-KOHEN VITALE OF REGGIO — (1651–1730), Italian kabbalist. Benjamin, who was among the leading disciples of moses zacuto in Mantua, was rabbi in his native town of Alessandria, Piedmont, until 1682 and afterward in Reggio. He became well known as a preacher and poet, but… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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