David Pardo (Dutch rabbi, born at Salonica)

For the rabbi born in Amsterdam, see David Pardo (Dutch rabbi, born in Amsterdam). For the Italian rabbi, see David Pardo (Italian rabbi).
Rabbi David Pardo

Gravestone on left marks the grave of Rabbi David Pardo. (The one on the right marks the graves of his father, Rabbi Joseph Pardo and his son, Hazzan Joseph Pardo.)
Personal details
Born c. 1591
Died March 15, 1657
Buried Beth Haim Cemetery,
Ouderkerk aan de Amstel,
Parents Joseph Pardo
Spouse Rachel Sanchez
Children Joseph Pardo
Josiah Pardo
Sarah Pardo (married Joseph Salom)

David ben Joseph Pardo (c. 1591 – 1657) was a Dutch rabbi and hakham. He was born at Salonica to Rabbi Joseph and Reina[1] in the second half of the sixteenth century. He went with his father to Amsterdam, where he became hakham of the Bet Yisrael congregation (founded 1618).[2] This congregation was consolidated in 1639 with the other two congregations in Amsterdam, and Pardo was appointed hakham together with Isaac Aboab da Fonseca, Menasseh Ben Israel, and Saul Levi Morteira. He was also a trustee of the Jewish cemetery and hazzan of the Bikkur Holim organization. In 1625 he founded the Honen Dallim benevolent society.[2]

In 1610, Pardo published in Amsterdam a transcription in Latin characters of Zaddik ben Joseph Formon's Obligacion de los Coraçones, a translation of the Hobot ha-Lebabot[2] into Judaeo-Spanish.[3]

On September 16, 1619, he married Rachel Sanchez (born 1595[4] at Moura, Portugal). They had three children: Joseph (c. 1624 – 1677), Josiah (1626-1684), and Sarah.[1] Josiah Pardo served as a Rabbi in Curaçao and in Port Royal, Jamaica and was one of the first Rabbis in the New World.[5]

Pardo died at Amsterdam on March 15, 1657[2] (Rosh Chodesh Nisan, 5417 A.M.[6]) and is buried at Beth Haim of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 "The Pardo (Prado) Family". 1999. Retrieved Jun 19, 2014.
  2. 1 2 3 4  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "David ben Joseph Pardo". Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company. Retrieved Dec 11, 2013.
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  3.  Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "FORMON, ẒADDIḲ BEN JOSEPH". Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company. Retrieved Dec 11, 2013.
  4. "M. Nosonovsky. New Findings at the Old Jewish Cemetery of Hunts Bay, Jamaica, pp. 116-117". 2010.
  5. Hebrew inscription on his gravestone .

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