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BRODA, ABRAHAM B. SHALOM:

Russian rabbinical author; born in Wilna about the beginning of the nineteenth century; died there after 1860. His father, R. Shalom b. Aaron, who was quite young at the time of his death (1805), was one of the leaders of the community (see R. Israel Ginzburg's approbation to "Bet Wa'ad"). R. Abraham is known as the author of two works: "Bet Wa'ad," a collection of regulations which refer to sitting down and standing up during various religious exercises, with an appendix relating to weights and measures, Wilna, 1832; "Bayit ha-Gadol," a commentary on Pirḳe Rabbi Eliezer, which is published with the text, Wilna, 1838. At the end of the work the author states that he has also written a commentary on the Mekilta, but does not possess the means to publish it. The commentary has no distinguishing feature except the numerous corrections made in the original text, which had been corrupted by various copyists and printers.

Bibliography:
  • Fuenn, Kiryah Ne'emanah, p. 230,
  • Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 159;
  • Wiener, Bibliotheca Friedlandiana, p. 163, St. Petersburg, 1895.
L. G. P. Wi.
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