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ABBAS, MOSES JUDAH:

A Hebrew poet; lived about the middle of the seventeenth century at Rosetta, in Egypt. He was a descendant of the Abbas family, whose poetic bent continued to manifest itself even when the neo-Hebrew poetry was on the decline. Moses Judah Abbas ben Meir (this is his full name according to Pollak) was also eminent as a Talmudist. He left a commentary on the Talmudic treatises Kallah, Soferim, and Semaḥot, which were in the possession of Azulai, and several responsa, which still exist in manuscript in the Bodleian collection.

Bibliography:
  • Conforte, Ḳore ha-Dorot, p. 52a, ed. Cassel;
  • Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, No. 53, p. 67;
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. xiv. 79;
  • G. Pollak, Ha-Karmel, ii. 294;
  • Landshuth, 'Ammude ha-'Abodah, p. 300.
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