Najara, Israel

(c. 1555, Safed, modern Israel – c. 1628, Gaza)
   Poet and hazan, first to publish a diwan (song collection) in 1587, which contained 108 of his own poems with the intention of attracting Jewish youth away from secular songs. His most famous hymn, printed on prayer books and sung the world over, is the Aramaic Yah {}Ribbon Alam ("God of the World").
   See also Piyyut.

Historical dictionary of sacred music. . 2006.

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  • NAJARA, ISRAEL BEN MOSES — (1555?–1625?), Hebrew poet. Born apparently in damascus , Israel served as secretary of that community, in which his father, moses najara , was rabbi. While acknowledging Israel s poetic ability, some of the rabbis of Damascus, e.g. menahem… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Najara, Israel ben Moses — (c.1SSS c.1625)    Syrian Hebrew poet. Born in Damascus, he was secretary to the Jewish community there. In 1587 he published two collections of hymns, Zemirot Yisrael and Mesah eket ba Tevel in Safed. Later he served as a rabbi in Gaza …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Israel ben Moses Najara — (c. 1555, Damascus c. 1625, Gaza) (Heb. ישראל בן משה נאג ארה) was a Jewish liturgical poet, preacher, Biblical commentator, kabbalist, and rabbi of Gaza.BiographyAccording to Franco ( Histoire des Israélites de l Empire Ottoman, p. 79, Paris,… …   Wikipedia

  • NAJARA — NAJARA, family of rabbis and kabbalists in Ereẓ Israel and syria , originating from the town of Nájera in spain . Apparently, the head of the family, LEVI NAJARA, settled in Constantinople after the expulsion from Spain (1492). His son MOSES (1)… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Najara family — Najara (Najar, Nijar, Nagar, Nagara, Hebrew: נאג ארה) was the name of an Oriental Jewish family, originally from Najera, a Spanish city of Navarre, on the River Najerilla. In the history of rabbinical literature Najaras are found at Algiers,… …   Wikipedia

  • Moses Najara II — was a Jewish poet, son of Israel Najara, whom he succeeded as rabbi of Gaza. His poetry is praised by his contemporaries, but none of his poems is now extant. Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography Leser Landshuth, Ammude ha Abodah; David Conforte,… …   Wikipedia

  • Moses Najara I — (or Najjara, c 1508 – 1581) was a Turkish rabbinical writer, son of Levi Najara, born probably at Safed. He lived at Damascus, where he was rabbi, and died there in 1581. He wrote a work entitled Leḳaḥ Ṭob (לקח טוב, Constantinople, 1571), and was …   Wikipedia

  • CURIEL, ISRAEL BEN MEIR DI — (d. 1577), sage of Safed. Neither the place nor the date of his birth is known. Similarly, there is no precise idea as to the date of his arrival in Safed. Di Curiel studied under R. Joseph Fasi in Adrianople, and presumably he held a rabbinic… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • PIYYUT — (Heb. פִּיּוּט; plural: piyyutim; from the Greek ποιητής), a lyrical composition intended to embellish an obligatory prayer or any other religious ceremony, communal or private. In a wider sense, piyyut is the totality of compositions composed in …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • YAH RIBBON OLAM — (Aram. יָהּ רִבּוֹן עָלַם; God, master of the universe ), one of the most popular Sabbath table hymns (zemirot ). The hymn, written in Aramaic, was composed by the 16th century kabbalist poet, israel b. moses najara ( Israel is the acrostic of… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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