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Essaouira Haim Pinto Synagogue (Outer Corridor)

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Born in Agadir in 1794, Rabbi Haim Pinto Ha-Gadol (“the great” in Hebrew) spent much of his life in Essaouira. His rabbinical training and rabbinical court appointment occurred in Essaouira, where his grave is today a major pilgrimage site. During Rabbi Pinto’s life he was known as a sage and miracle-worker, two elements that contribute to his enduring status as a North African Jewish “saint.” To learn more about this site and explore others, visit our exhibit website (

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