HONEIN


HONEIN, the ancient port of the kingdom of Tlemcen. After 1391 a large influx of Spanish refugees, among whom were members of the *Sasportas family, immigrated to Honein. Ephraim Alnaqua was the dayyan of the community for a long time, while Moses *Gabbai was co-dayyan. The community was largely made up of fishermen, merchants, and shipowners, and included merchants who carried on a considerable volume of trade with Europe. The town was abandoned by the Jews in 1509 because of the Spanish invasion.

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

A.M. Hershman, Rabbi Isaac ben Sheshet Perfet and his Times (1943), index.

[David Corcos]


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