Rabbi Abraham, the
great-grandfather of the illustrious Rabbi Chaim Yosef Dovid
born in Fez, Morocco. In the field of Kabballah
he was greatly influenced by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero,
and was born in the same year that Rabbi Moshe died. While in Fez he wrote
many works. However, when he moved to Eretz Israel, his works were lost.
He wrote works on the Mishnah
and a major work on Tanach,
Baalei Bris Avraham. He wrote a number of works on Kabballah,
including the popular Chesed LAvraham and a three part
commentary on the Zohar.
The latter was based in large part on the commentary of Rabbi Moshe
Cordovero, which was not printed till recent years. The third part of his
commentary Ohr Haganuz, the most mystical section was never published.
With all of his involvement in Kabballah, Rabbi Abraham was also deeply interested in philosophical questions and his previously mentioned commentary on Tanach, is more a philosophic than a Kabbalistic work. A recent work published in Israel is devoted to Rabbi Avrahams theory of free will.
The above graphic includes photographs that were provided by VERAfilm archives.