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NUÑES-TORRES, DAVID:

Ḥakam and editor; born probably at Amsterdam; died in 1728 at The Hague. He was preacher of the societies Abi Yetomim and Keter Shem-Ṭob of Amsterdam until called to The Hague as ḥakam of the Spanish-Portuguese community there. He is lauded as Talmudist and preacher. He had a large library, which was sold at public auction Aug., 1728, soon after his death, and the catalogue of which, frequently cited by Wolf in his "Bibliotheca Hebræa," was printed at The Hague in the same year. He published six sermons in Portuguese ("Sermoẽs," Amsterdam, 1690); the Hebrew Bible, with and without commentary (ib. 1700); and, with Solomon Judah Leon, new editions of the Shulḥan 'Aruk (1697-98) and the Yad ha-Ḥazaḳah (1702).

Bibliography:
  • De Barrios, Abi Yetomim, p. 42;
  • idem, Keter Shem-Tob, p. 156;
  • Thesaurus Epist. Lacrozian, ii. 230, Leipsic, 1743;
  • Wolf, Bibl. Hebr. iv. 809;
  • Kayserling, Bibl. Esp.-Port.-Jud. p. 106;
  • idem, in Monatsschrift, xiii. 317 et seq.
S. M. K.
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