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Ben Ish Hai Hardcover – August 24, 2011

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Israel Bookshop Publications (August 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600911250
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600911255
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,238,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the first book in English to document the life of Yosef Chaim the Ben Ish Chai. Born in Bahgdad from a line of great Torah sages spanning back several generations, Yosef Chaim known as Rabbenu was the leader of Iraqi Jewry and his opinion was wwell respected beyond the boundaries of that country. Inside Iraq no only was he respected by the Jewish commuinity but he was also revered by the Muslim community of Iraq.

His grandfather Moshe Chaim was a bright student an often times he knew more then the established sages of his day. The arguments becasme so bitter that he ended up going to Basra but greatness could not be ignored the Rabbis of Baghdad once wrote the Rabbis of basra asing them an opinion about the halacha, it was Moshe Chaim who ended up answering the question. It seems Yosef Chaim inheritied his grandfathers brains and study ability.

His father was Eliahu, and he was well known for his charity. He woould travel through the streets of Baghdad giving charity to the poor. THe disguise worked so well that everyone thought that it was Eliyahu Hanavi that was giving the charity. Eliyahu would pass on early leaving Yosef Chaim in a position of leadership at the age of 26. He nver accepted a rabbinical post but setle for teh position of Darshan or preacher. Every Shabbat he would preach in Baghdad's main synagogue. Most of his day was taken up with Torah study.

Yosef Chaim also gave charity. Insted of buying treats for himself he would give it to the poor. When his father found out he would double his son's allowance. Ben Ish Chai was also revived after having fallen into a well by a prayer from his father. Abdullah Somech was Ben Ish Chai's teacher, Ben IOsh Chai also married the scholars daughter.
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This work on the Life and Times of Haham Yosef Haim the Ben Ish Hai was exceptionally written, researched and well portrayed. One can see the extensive research that the author conducted towards this book! This was one of my favourite books ever read.
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This book is full of Zionist propaganda and lies that attempt to tie in the modern Sefardic Zionist Rah-Banim to the Ben Ish Hai, as if they are following in the ways of the Holy and Pious Rabeenuu Yosef Haim. The author has even had the audacity to make ridiculous claims that the Ben Ish hai had to come back to the world because he didn't teach enough Gemara! This is disgusting and makes me want to vomit!!
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