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MOLINA, ISAAC:

Egyptian rabbi of the sixteenth century; a native of Venice. He had a controversy with Joseph Caro on the subject of R. Gershom's "taḳḳanot" (comp. Caro, Responsa on Eben ha-'Ezer). There is also a responsum of Molina in Caro's "Abḳat Rokel," No. 130, the following number being Caro's answer. Molina collected all the responsa of Asher b. Jehiel and some of other rabbis into one volume, which he entitled "Besamim Rosh," providing it with notes and with a preface (Berlin, 1793). In his preface he claims to have written responsa and novellæ on the Talmud and on Maimonides' "Yad."

Bibliography:
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, i. 106;
  • Conforte, Ḳore ha-Dorot, p. 36b;
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. ii. 387;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1139.
E. C. M. Sel.
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