The Info List - Moshe Of Trani

Moses ben Joseph di Trani (Hebrew: משה מטראני‬) known by his acronym Mabit (Salonica, Rumelia Eyalet in Ottoman Greece 1505 – Jerusalem, Ottoman Empire 1585) was a 16th-century rabbi in Safed.

His father had fled to Salonica from Apulia three years prior to his birth. While still a boy Moses was sent to Adrianople to pursue the study of the Talmud under the supervision of his uncle Aaron. At the age of sixteen he went to Safed and completed his studies under Jacob Berab. In 1525 he was appointed rabbi of Safed; he held this office for some fifty-five years, when he eventually moved to Jerusalem.

According to a 16th-century Jewish traveler who visited Safed in 1567, Rabbi Moses di Trani was still living in Safed:


Moses di Trani was the author of:

  • Bet Elohim (Venice, 1576), a moral and philosophical work on prayer, atonement, and the fundamental principles of faith;
  • Kiryat Sefer (Venice, 1551), a commentary on the Bible, the Talmud, and difficult passages in the commentaries of Maimonides;
  • Sefer ha-Tehiyyah weha-Pedut (Mantua, 1556; Wilna, 1799; Sudzilkov, 1834; Warsaw, 1841), a commentary and notes on ch. vii and viii of Saadia Gaon's Emunot we-Deot;
  • She'elot u-Teshubot (vol. i, ib. 1629; vol. ii, ib. 1630), a collection of 841 responsa, with an index.


  1. ^ Al-Dhahari, Yehiya (Zechariah). "Sefer Ha-Mussar". Ben-Zvi Institute, Jerusalem 1965 (Hebrew), p. 287. 

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