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SHEMAIAH OF SOISSONS (called also Shemaiah ha-Shoshani):

Scholar of the twelfth century; a pupil of Rashi. He was the author of the following works: (1) "Sodot" or "Midrash," notes on the construction of the Tabernacle as described in Ex. xxv.-xxvi. It was edited on the basis of the Munich manuscript by Berliner in "Monatsschrift," 1864, pp. 224 et seq. (2) An exegesis of Deut. xiii., in manuscript. (3) Commentary on the Maḥzor, also in manuscript. (4) Glosses on the Pentateuch. (5) Commentary on the Song of Solomon. He is often erroneously identified with Shemaiah of Troyes.

Bibliography:
  • Gedaliah ibn Yaḥya, Shalshelet ha-Ḳabbalah, ed. Amsterdam, p. 38b;
  • Conforte, Ḳore ha-Dorot, p. 18a;
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, p. 83a;
  • Zunz, Z. G. p. 76;
  • idem, Ritus, p. 201;
  • Dukes, in Literaturblatt, v. 232;
  • Geiger, Parschandatha, p. 20, note;
  • Gross, Gallia Judaica, p. 648.
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