Todros ben Joseph HaLevi
(c.1225 - 1298)
Todros ben Joseph HaLevi Abulafia should not be mixed
up with his cousin, Todros ben Judah HaLevi Abulafia. Todros BEN JOSEPH
was a kabbalist, a rabbi,
and an influential communal leader; Todros BEN JUDAH was a poet and
Todros BEN JOSEPH was recognized as a leading
scholar at the court of Alfonso X, who granted
him estates in Seville and Jerez de la Frontera. He accompanied the
king to France in 1275. He was highly respected in the Jewish community as well. Alfonso X ordered the arrest
of all Jewish tax farmers in 1281, and it
was Todros BEN JOSEPH who convinced him to
relent. However, he also notified the Jewish
wealthy that their profligate behavior would
result in his excommunicating them.
Abulafia is best known for his kabbalistic writings. They were obscure.
His son, Joseph, was a friend of Moses de
Leon and was one of the first to receive a
copy of the Zohar.
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