The Borgel (Bordjel, Bourgel) family of Tunisia (so named from Col. Ar.
bū rjel, man on foot) was famous for its many rabbis and communal leaders. The first member of the family was Nathan, who became grand rabbi and president of the rabbinical tribunal (
bet din) in 1774. A famous kabbalist, he was the author of
Ḥoq Natan (Heb. The Law He Gave; or punning, The Law of Nathan), a commentary on the Talmud (Livorno, 1776–78). He left Tunisia for Palestine in 1778 and died in Jerusalem in 1791. Nathan’s son, Elijah Ḥay I, was the author of a two-part work,
Migdanot Natan (Precious Gifts He Gave; Liv…