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DIENA (DAYYENA), DAVID:

Italian rabbi; he lived at Rovigo at the end of the seventeenth century. He was consulted on Talmudic matters by R. Nathaniel Segre; and his responsa appeared first in the collection "'Afar Ya'aḳob," from which it was copied by Isaac Lampronti into his "Paḥad Yiẓḥaḳ." David, in his responsa, mentions Azriel Diena as his grandfather. There is much confusion concerning his father. Ghirondi calls him David b. Azriel Diena, while Mortara speaks of two Davids, one being a grandson and the other a son of Azriel Diena. He was the grandfather of David Ḥayyim Diena, chief rabbi of Rovigo.

Bibliography:
  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 75;
  • Löwenstein, in Rev. Et. Juives, xxxi. 121;
  • Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael, p. 232;
  • Mortara, Indice Alfabetico, p. 19;
  • Berliner's Magazin, ii. 16;
  • Steinschneider, Hebr. Bibl. xix. 51.
L. G. M. Sel.
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