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CLISSON:

Town in the department of Loire-Inférieure, France, formerly belonging to the province of Brittany. Clisson was a center of Jewish learning, several renowned scholars having resided there; and its name, variously written , , occurs in the Hebrew writings of the thirteenth century. Its most prominent scholars were: (1) the Tosafist Joseph, called also "Joseph the Jerusalemite"; (2) Meïr Clisson, mentioned as a Biblical commentator in the commentary "Ẓofnat Pa'neaḥ"; (3) Isaac of Clisson, mentioned in the "Semaḳ"; (4) Jacob, mentioned by Mordecai ben Hillel.

Bibliography:
  • Zunz, Literaturgesch. der Synagogalen Poesie, p. 612;
  • Gross, Gallia Judaica, pp. 594 et seq.
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