Benjamin Zeev ben Mattathias

The Israeli Community of Arta had its role in history through emblematic figures such as Rabbi Benjamin Zeev ben Mattathias. He was born in Arta at the end of the 15th century, or the beginning of the 16th, and was a member of the local Beth Din (the Jewish Religious Court). His beliefs on religious justice are expressed in his work “Benjamin Zeev”, containing 450 legal decisions and responsa.

“Benjamin Zeev” is of particular historical importance, since it constitutes a source of valuable information about the life and traditions of the Jewish communities of Greec