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Isaac S.D. Sassoon

Isaac S.D. Sassoon is an observant Sephardic rabbi (hakham) and educator. Hakham Sassoon was born into the Sassoon family of London.


His initial education was under the tutelage of his father, the renowned scholar Rabbi Solomon David Sassoon, Hakham Yosef Doury, and others. Later studies were at the prestigious Gateshead Yeshiva and various yeshivoth in Israel. He holds a Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Lisbon.

Continuing his family's tradition of academic achievement, Hakham Sassoon has published on topics ranging from Scriptural commentary[1] and history, to issues of current concern to the Jewish community [1]. Hakham Sassoon teaches at the Institute of Traditional Judaism-The Metivta and lectures widely.

Highly esteemed in the Sephardic community, Hakham Sassoon has contributed to the maintenance of the heritage of the Babylonian Jewish community [2] and has provided the Syrian Jewish community with an updated and corrected siddur (Jewish prayer book) reflecting that community's traditions.

He has recently published a book called "The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition" addressing the particular religious tradition's outlook on women. He primarily refers to the Tora, Talmud, and Dead Sea Scrolls in exploring the authentic position on the "continuum of patriarchal condescension." His goal, in writing the book, was to give authentic answers to a popular (if not hackneyed) question.

Selected works

  • The Status of Women in Jewish Tradition," Cambridge University Press (2011)
  • Destination Torah: Notes and Reflections on Selected Verses from the Weekly Torah Readings, a commentary on Chumash (Hebrew language edition Ve-ha'arev Na), ISBN 0-88125-639-0 ISBN 0-88125-639-0
  • Uriel da Costa, Examination of Pharisaic Traditions, ed. and trans. with Herman Prins Salomon, Brill, Leiden, (1993) [orig. ed. Amsterdam, 1623]
  • The Marrano Factory: The Portuguese Inquistion and Its New Christians 1536-1765, Antonio Jose Sariava (Author), Herman Prins Salomon (Translator), I. S. D. Sassoon (Translator), Leiden, 2001. ISBN 90-04-12080-7
  • Siddur Ve-ha'arev Na (2007), a prayerbook according to the Syrian nusach.


  • The Relevance for Today of Uriel Da Costa's 'Examination of Pharisaic Traditions' , Studia Rosenthaliana, vol. 28, no. 1 (1994)
  • Et Lirpoh (A Time to Heal), Hadoar, vol. 82, no. 4 (2004).
  • Review essay [3] on Agunot entitled Ra'ah Ma'aseh Ve'Nizkar Halakhah, Judaism, vol. 54, nos. 1-2 (2005)


  1. ^ Torah Readings De Lange The Expository Times.2003; 114: 177

External links

  • Works by or about Isaac S.D. Sassoon in libraries (WorldCat catalog)

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