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SAMUEL SCHMELKA BEN ḤAYYIM SHAMMASH:

Preacher and actuary of the rabbinate of Prague under Ephraim Solomon of Lencziza in the second half of the sixteenth century. He was the author of the following works: "Perush al ha-Masoret," a supplement to Elijah Levita's Masoretic explanations (Prague, 1610); "Seder Nashim," on the three chief commandments concerning women—"niddah," "ḥallah," and "deliḳah"—written in Judæo-German (ib. 1629); "Ba-Ḥeshbon," a multiplication table (ib. n.d.); "Som Sekel," a work on the Masorah (Cracow, after 1629); "Haggahot li-Sheḥiṭot u-Bediḳot," additions to Jacob Weil's rules for slaughtering (Prague, 1668).

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. cols. 2412, 2413;
  • Zunz, Z. G. pp. 297, 298;
  • K. Lieben, Gal 'Ed, p. 63 (German part);
  • Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, pp. 412, 469, 568.
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