Rediscovery of celebrated rabbis’ tombs in Tétouan fuels restoration of Morocco’s Jewish history

After being lost for over six decades, the tombs of three celebrated 17th and 18th-century rabbis – Jacob Ben Malca, Hasday Almosino and Jacob Marrache – were rediscovered in the northern Moroccan town of Tétouan, sparking a renewed enthusiasm to excavate the over 500-year-old Jewish cemetery.

Tétouan, a United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, is home to this historic Jewish cemetery.

Ben Malca, a scholar and revered religious judge, relocated to Tétouan from Fez in 1734 to preside over the religious court. 

Almosnino, a native of Tétouan, was a respected arbiter of Jewish law with numerous published works.

The Marrache tomb discovered is that of an ancestor of Jacob Marrache, a Kabbalist known for his exceptional commentary on the Zohar, the foundational Kabbalistic text. 


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