Vital, Hayyim

(1543-1620)
   Palestinian kabbalist. He was a student of Moses Cordoverro and Moses Alshekh, and was associated with Isaac Luria during his last years in Safed. After Luria's death, Vital claimed that he alone had an accurate account of Luria's teaching. He boasted that his soul was that of the Messiah, son of Joseph, and he became known in oriental countries as a miracle worker. His notes on Lurianic kabbalah were transcribed and published as Etz Hayyim. From 1590 he lived in Damascus, where he wrote kabbalistic works and preached the coming of the Messiah.

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  • VITAL, ḤAYYIM BEN JOSEPH — (1542–1620), one of the greatest kabbalists. Vital was born in Ereẓ Israel, apparently in Safed. His father, Joseph Vital Calabrese, whose name indicates his origin from Calabria, South Italy, was a well known scribe in Safed (see responsa of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Vital, Ḥayyim ben Joseph — ▪ Jewish Kabbalist born 1543, Safed, Palestine [now Ẕefat, Israel] died May 6, 1620, Damascus [now in Syria]       one of Judaism s outstanding Kabbalists (expounder of Jewish esoteric or occult doctrine).       In Safed, Palestine, in about 1570 …   Universalium

  • Hayyim ben Joseph Vital — (Calabria, 1543[1] – Damascus, 23 April 1620[2]) was a rabbi in Safed and the foremost disciple of Isaac Luria. He recorded much of his master s teachings. After Vital s death his writings spread having a powerful impact on various circles… …   Wikipedia

  • VITAL, SAMUEL BEN ḤAYYIM — (1598–c. 1678), kabbalist, youngest son of Ḥayyim Vital . Vital grew up in Damascus where he studied under his father and other rabbis. He married a daughter of josiah pinto . Vital was considered among the important talmudic authorities of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ḤAYYIM BEN ABRAHAM HA-KOHEN — (c. 1585–1655), kabbalist, born in Aleppo. His ancestors went to Ereẓ Israel after the expulsion from Spain (1492) and later settled in   Aleppo. Ḥayyim was the disciple of Ḥayyim Vital during his last years in Damascus, and he left an… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • VITAL — VITAL, Italian family which produced numerous scholars of whom the most noted were: JOSEPH VITAL (15th–16th century), a talented scribe, was especially noted for his precision in writing tefillin, which were widely known as Tefillin Rav Calabrash …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • ḤAYYIM ABRAHAM RAPHAEL BEN ASHER — (d. 1772), Jerusalem rabbi and kabbalist. Ḥayyim was a member of the bet din of …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • VITAL, DAVID BEN SOLOMON — (first half of 16th century), rabbi, preacher and paytan, often called Ha Rofe ( the doctor ). It is conjectured that David Vital was born before 1492 in Toledo (or southern Italy) and was among the Spanish exiles (or those leaving Calabria) who… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Vital, Samuel — (fl. 17th cent.)    Syrian rabbi and kabbalist, son of Hayyim Vital. He lived in Damascus and later went to Cairo. He edited his father s works on Lurianic kabbalah …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Jacob ben Hayyim Zemah — (17th century) was a Portuguese kabalist and physician. He received a medical training in his native country as a Marano, but fled about 1619 to Safed and devoted himself to the Talmud and the casuists ( poseḳim ) until 1625; then he went to… …   Wikipedia

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