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ZEDEKIAH BEN BENJAMIN:

Italian Talmudist and liturgist; lived in Rome in the thirteenth century; died after 1280; elder cousin of Zedekiah b. Abraham Anaw, by whom he is often quoted in the "Shibbole ha-Leḳeṭ." Zedekiah b. Benjamin was a pupil of Meïr b. Moses at Rome; and he later went to Germany and studied under the tosafist Abigdor b. Elijah ha-Kohen, whom he often consulted afterward ("Shibbole ha-Leḳeṭ," i. 266, ii. 40). Abraham of Pesaro speaks of Zedekiah as his companion (ib. ii. 6). As Abraham Abulafia mentions one Zedekiah among his disciples and followers, certain scholars suppose that this was Zedekiah b. Benjamin. He was the author of several seliḥot found in MS. No. 42 of the Foa collection.

Bibliography:
  • Vogelstein and Rieger, Gesch. der Juden in Rom, i. 249, 267, 273, 376, 378;
  • Zunz, Literaturgesch. p. 357.
J. M. Sel.
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