Ephraim ben Aaron Navon (1677–1735) was a rabbi,
dayyan, and author. Born in Istanbul, he moved to Jerusalem with his father-in-law, Judah Ergas, around 1700. He returned to Istanbul as an emissary (Heb.
shadar) of the Jerusalem community in 1720 but chose to remain there. Three years later, he was appointed
dayyan in the
bet din (rabbinical court) of Judah Rosanes and became one of the leading rabbis of the Istanbul community. Navon was a founder of the Committee of Officials for Jerusalem in Istanbul. His legal work
Maḥane Efrayim (The Camp of Ephraim; Istanbul, 1738) contains responsa and commentaries on the Talmud and the works of earlier halakhic authorities. Navon’s son, Aryeh Judah Navon (1707–1761), also a rabbi in Istanbul, was the author of
Qiryat Melekh Rav (The City of the Great King; Istanbul, 1765), a commentary on Maimonides, and was the teacher of Yom Ṭov Algazi. Leah Bornstein-Makovetsky Bibliography Barnai, Jacob.
The Jews in Palestine in the Eighteenth Century under the Patronage of the Istanbul Committee of Officials for Palestine, trans. Naomi Goldblum (Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 1992), pp. 114, 131, 210. Bornstein-Makovetsky, Leah.
Pinqas Bet Din Issur ve-Heter be-Qush
a, 1710–1903 (Lod: Orot Yahadut ha-Maghreb, 1999), pp. 86–87. Yaʿari, Abraham.
Yisraʾel (Jerusalem: Mercaz Harav…