MO­SUL’S MADAME ROSH YESHIVA

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - LETTERS -

Ju­dit Neurink (“Af­ter ISIS, Mo­sul fi­nally val­ues its Jewish her­itage,” March 1) missed one cu­ri­ous fac­toid in her fine re­port on the Jewish quar­ter of this im­por­tant Iraqi-Kur­dish city. Mo­sul’s Jews are proud of their rab­binic her­itage that in­cludes a woman rosh yeshiva, Ase­n­ath Barazani (15901670).

This scholar, called Hatanna’it, was wid­owed and took over her hus­band’s yeshiva in Mo­sul. Her writ­ings and ha­lachic de­ci­sions are pre­served in ar­chives in Is­rael and the US, as I dis­cov­ered when I re­searched her for an ar­ti­cle “Madame Rosh Yeshiva” in Ami Mag­a­zine last spring.

Her de­scen­dants in Is­rael, the Baroz (Barazani) fam­ily, con­tinue their Mo­sul cus­toms in the Mordechai Barazani Syn­a­gogue in Ti­rat Carmel, and fea­ture her in their mini-mu­seum in Holon.

SHIRA LEIBOWITZ SCH­MIDT

Ne­tanya

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