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Remains of 18th Century Italian Jewish Scholar Reinterred in Israel

The remains of Rabbi Hayim Yosef David Azulai, known as the HYDA, eighteenth century author, traveler and father of modern Hebrew bibliography, was reinterred here today after being flown here from Italy. President Ben-Zvi eulogized the revered rabbi before the burial services.

The body of the Jewish sage was escorted by a delegation of notables, including Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim, from the airport to Jerusalem where it was placed in the courtyard of the Yeshurun Synagogue. Thousands filed past the bier to pay homage to Rabbi Azulai who was born in Jerusalem and died in Leghorn, Italy. Scores of Yeshiva students escorted the bier to the cemetery where the Chief Rabbi recited the kaddish.