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MINDEN, LÖB B. MOSES:

Cantor and poet; born at Selichow (from which he is called also Judah b. Moses Selichower), in Lesser Poland, in the seventeenth century; died at an advanced age at Altona or Hamburg May 26, 1751. He acted as ḥazzan at Minden-on-the-Weser, whence his name "Minden." He was the author of "Shire Yehudah," Hebrew songs with German translations and music. One of these begins: "Ihr lieben Brüder und Gesellen, die da sitzen und zechen," and another, "Hört zu, ihr Leut, gedenkt an die Zeit." In an epilogue to this work (Amsterdam, 1696) he exhorts the rabbis not to allow conversation in the synagogue. He wrote also "Zemer wa-Shir," which was printed by Solomon London, Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1714.

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. cols. 643, 1361, No. 4064;
  • Roest, Cat. Rosenthal. Bibl. p. 816;
  • Appendix, pp. 211 et seq.
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