I am a big fan of Rabbi Baruch Ben Haim's teachings, and would like to know more about who he is, where he was born, where he studied and who was his teachers?

Did he have a mechudash way of psak?

{On a side note, I also wanted to know why Hacham Baruch Ben Haim was considered to be a Syrian Rav if he was actually born in Iraq?}

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    I don't know if he's considered a Syrian Rav; but, he served as a spiritual leader of the Syrian Jewish community of Brooklyn from age 28 until his passing at age 83 (55 years). Clearly, he would not have been accepted as a spiritual leader were he not to have been incredibly sensitive to Syrian Jewish practice (en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baruch_Ben_Haim). – Lee May 31 '15 at 8:03
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    "Did he have a mechudash way of psak?" seems on topic. – Double AA Feb 8 '16 at 19:21
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    @DoubleAA I feel kinda hated on here, always get blocked from asking, always something wrong. – MosheRabbi Feb 8 '16 at 21:04
  • @Moshe I assure you no one hates you. If things are wrong with your posts that has nothing to do with you, I'm sure. Everyone has a learning curve. Consider taking our short tour to help familiarize yourself with some of the way things work around here. – Double AA Feb 8 '16 at 21:21
  • @DoubleAA But this question now is clear why isn't it up? – MosheRabbi Feb 8 '16 at 21:23

He was considered a Syrian Rav because he served the community for many years.

He was also accepted by them as such, despite being from an Iraqi background, because he was considered a tremendous Torah scholar and was highly respected among his fellow Chachamim including Rav Ovadia Yosef (his chavrusa) and Rav Ben Zion Abba Shaul with whom he studied together in the illustrious Yeshivat Porat Yosef. The Syrian community was very smart to not let his non Syrian background to stand in the way of seeing his greatness.

Furthermore he was considered one of the foremost talmidim of Rav Ezra Attias who was himself was born in Aleppo, Syria and that carried a lot of weight and credibility within the Syrian community, therefore he was not considered an outsider.

Moreover, Rav Ben Chaim was married to the daughter of Rav Yaakov Kassin. Rav Yaakov was the chief rabbi of the Syrian community and that also gave him legitimacy within the community.

  • "Rav Yaakov was the chief rabbi of the Syrian community" I thought Rav Ben Haim was? – MosheRabbi May 31 '15 at 12:31
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    Before him. After he passed away Rav Ben Chaim took over. – Shoel U'Meishiv May 31 '15 at 12:32

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