1488 – Joseph ben Ephraim Caro was born in Spain. Spanish-born Jewish author of the last great codification of Jewish law, the Bet Yosef (“House of Joseph”).
1492 – When the Jews were expelled from Spain, Karo and his parents settled in Turkey.
1522 – He was settled in Nikopol and already enjoyed a reputation as one of the foremost rabbinic scholars.
1536 – He emigrated to Safed in Palestine, where he studied the Talmud and systematized the vast body of material produced by post-Talmudic writers.
1575 – Died on March 24th in Safed, Palestine.