Love of the Land

For the week ending 20 January 2007 / 1 Shevat 5767

Kfar HaRYF The North African Connection

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
As any serious student of Talmud is aware, in the back of virtually every volume of the Babylonian Talmud is the commentary of Rabbi Yitzchak Alfassi, better known as RYF (Rabbi Yitzchak of Fez in ).

This towering Torah personality, whose halachic opinions form one of the foundations of the Shulchan Aruch, is honored by a community in Eretz Yisrael bearing his name. Interestingly enough, Kfar HaRyf was established by immigrants from that part of the world where Rabbi Alfassi lived, North Africa.

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