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Sasson Jacoby was born on May 14, 1918 into a prominent Baghdadi family in shanghai. His maternal grandfather was the first rabbi of the Ohel Rachel synagogue. His father was born in Baghdad and left the Turkish Empire just before World War I began. He was also a rabbi in Shanghai. Jacoby was educated at the Public and Thomas Hanbury School, where he won many medals as a runner. He was reporter for many English-language newspapers in Shanghai, beginning as a sports reporter for the China Press, then later for the Evening Post, the Sunday Mercury, and the Shanghai Times. After the Japanese occupied Shanghai, he joined the English language department of the Japanese Domei News Agency from 1942 to 1945. In 1948 he left for Israel.

In Israel, Jacoby worked for the Jerusalem Post, and was part of the editorial team from 1952 to 1982. Then he wrote regularly for the Bulletin of Igud Yotzei Sin. He died on June 11, 2006.