MAṢLI'AḤ ṢĀLIḤ (d. 1785), Babylonian liturgical poet. He and his son NISSIM (d. after 1816) wrote poems and piyyutim on various subjects. Some of these were published in regular and festival prayer books according to the rite of the Jews of *Baghdad and its surroundings. Others were published by A. Ben-Jacob in Shirah u-Fiyyut shel Yehudei Bavel ba-Dorot ha-Aḥaronim (1970) which includes poems written in the Spanish meter in honor of events and personalities (rabbinical emissaries, etc.). Ṣāliḥ held the rabbinical seat of Baghdad from 1773 to 1785, and enquiries were addressed to him from *Syria, Persia, Kurdistan, and other places on halakhic problems and community organization. Torah novellae of the father and the son are to be found in the works of their contemporaries.
A. Ben-Jacob, Yehudei Bavel (1965), 121–4.
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