Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World

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Uzziel, Ben-Zion Me’ir Ḥayy

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Author(s): Zvi Zohar
Rabbi Ben-Zion Meʾir Ḥayy Uzziel was Israel’s first Sephardic chief rabbi. Born in Jerusalem in 1880, he came from an illustrious Sephardi lineage.  His father, Joseph Raphael, was a chief justice in Jerusalem’s rabbinic court system and hailed from a line of rabbis going back to pre-expulsion Spain. His mother, Sarah, was a member of the  Ḥazan family; her grandfather Ḥayyim David and her great-grandfather Raphael Joseph had both served as chief rabbis of Jerusalem over the course of the nineteenth century. Left fatherless at the age of fourteen, Be…