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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Isaac Ben Judah

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Talmudist of the twelfth century teacher of Solomon ben Isaac (Rashi). He was a native of Lorraine ("Ha-Pardes," 35a), but settled early in life in Germany, where he studied under Eleazar ha-Gadol. Isaac occupied successively the positions of head of the rabbinical schools of Mayence and Worms it was in the latter place that he became the teacher of Rashi. Isaac was one of the greatest Talmudic authorities of his time, and his name is frequently mentioned in rabbinical literature. He was the author of commentaries on the Talmud, some of which are cited by Rashi (Ber. 39a, 57a R. H. 28a) and his responsa are scattered in the "Pardes ha-Gadol," the "Liḳ ḳ uṭ e Pardes," the "Or Zarua' ," the "Shibbole ha-Leḳ eṭ ," the "Mordekai," and the responsa of Meï r of Rothenberg. In a French Maḥ zor manuscript quoted by Zunz ("Z. G." p. 622), Isaac is mentioned as having been at one time head of the rabbinical school of Paris this, however, is highly improbable.

Bibliography : Weiss, Dor , 4:319 Michael, Or ha-Ḥ ayyim , p. 502 Gross, Gallia Judaica , pp. 295, 507.S. S. I. Br.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Isaac Ben Judah'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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