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MALKI, EZRA BEN RAPHAEL:

Rabbi of Rhodes in the seventeenth century; brother-in-law of Hezekiah de Silva, the author of "Peri Ḥadash." Malki was the author of "Malki ba-Ḳodesh" (Salonica, 1749). This work contains novellæ on the laws of Passover given in the Shulḥan 'Aruk (Oraḥ Ḥayyim) and in the "Bet Yosef"; commentaries on the Pesaḥ Haggadah and on the parts of the Yad ha-Ḥazaḳah which contain the laws concerning the Passover lamb, Rosh ha-Shanah, Yom Kippur, and lulab; novellæ on the "Sefer Miẓwot ha-Gadol"; and collectanea. He wrote also: "Shemen la-Ma'or" (Constantinople, 1760), novellæ on the first chapter of Baba Meẓi'a, in which he defends Zerahiah ha-Levi against the attacks of Naḥmanides; "'En Mishpaṭ" (ib. 1770), responsa; "'Enot Mayim" (Salonica, 1811), sermons.

Bibliography:
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, ii., s.v. ;
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. ii. 320;
  • Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 508.
S. M. Sel.
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