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