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Spanish rabbi; lived about 1150. He was for many years nasi of Narbonne, and was both prominent as a scholar and well known for his charity. Because of his unassuming disposition he is always spoken of as "he'anaw" = "the modest one." His name appears among the signatories to the famous appeal for permission to use an ordinary manuscript of the Torah at the public reading of the Law during divine service in case one written according to the regulations should be unobtainable. His son Levi is highly lauded by Al-Ḥarizi as a philanthropist.

Bibliography:
  • Sefer Yuḥasin, s.v.;
  • Zunz, Z. G. i. 480, 483;
  • Gross, Gallia Judaica, pp. 407, 418, 414.
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