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MESHULLAM BEN JOEL HA-KOHEN:

Galician Talmudist; died at Lemberg Sept. 25, 1809. At first rabbi at Zurawno (Galicia), he was called to Koretz to succeed his brother Isaac; he then went to Bolechow, and finally to Lemberg. Meshullam's Talmudic attainments are evident not only in his works, but also from the fact that the most famous among his contemporaries requested his responsa. One of these is contained in "Sha'ar ha-Hakanah" (Lemberg, 1794), the work of his ancestor Naphtali ha-Kohen, another in Elijah Gaon's "Shenot Eliyahu."

Meshullam was the author of "Pitḥe Niddah" (Lemberg, 1802), comments on the laws of Niddah. The book contains also a specimen of the author's work on the Pentateuch, entitled "Liḳḳuṭe Yom." One of his responsa is also found in "Zikron Kehunnah," a work by his brother Isaac.

Bibliography:
  • Buber, Anshe Shem, p. 171.
D. A. Pe.
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