Thursday, March 03, 2005

Duran, Simeon Ben Zemah

Also called  (by acronym) Rashbaz   first Spanish Jewish rabbi to be paid a regular salary by the community and author of an important commentary on Avot (“Fathers”), a popular ethical tractate in the Talmud, the rabbinical compendium of law, lore, and commentary. Before the 14th century, the rabbinical post had been almost invariably honorary; Duran

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