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hakham

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[Sephardic Hebrew khah-khahm; Ashkenazic Hebrew haw-khuh m] /Sephardic Hebrew xɑˈxɑm; Ashkenazic Hebrew ˈhɔ xəm/
noun, Hebrew.
1.
a wise and learned person; sage.
2.
(among Sephardic Jews) a title given to a rabbi.
Origin of hakham
ḥākhām literally, wise
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  • hakam's peaceful, studious temperament did no great harm to the State.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • hakam's manuvre saved the palace and the dynasty; and the insurrection was converted into a wholesale massacre.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • Peace was soon signed between all the parties, and hakam had leisure to collect his famous library.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • hakam's easy-going scholar's rule had, however, deprived his son and successor of any chance of real power.

    The Moors in Spain Stanley Lane-Poole
  • Aish hakam iodea binah, "a cunning man, endued with understanding," is the description given by the king of Tyre of Hiram Abif.

    The Symbolism of Freemasonry Albert G. Mackey

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