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RAKOWER (BLOCH), JOSEPH B. DAVID TEBELE:

Polish rabbi and Hebraist; died in Eibenschütz, Moravia, Nov., 1707. He was rabbi of Eibenschütz, whither he had removed from Cracow. He is chiefly known as the author of "Leshon Naḳi," one of the best Hebrew "letter-writers" of the earlier period. It first appeared in Frankfort-on-the-Oder, in 1689, and was several times reprinted, entire and in part. Rakower wrote also a work entitled "Merkebet ha-Mishnah," which remained in manuscript, and at the end of which is described a conflagration which took place in Plock.

Bibliography:
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. iii. 129;
  • Orient, Lit. x. 504-505;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. No. 5980;
  • idem. Bibliographisches Handbuch über die Theoretische und Praktische Literatur für Hebräische Sprachkunde, No. 1614, Leipsic, 1859.
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