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DROHOBICZER, ISRAEL NAḤMAN BEN JOSEPH:

Talmudic scholar and preacher of Stanislaw (according to Ghirondi he came from Ostrog, Russia); died at Safed early in the nineteenth century. He was a pupil of Israel Ba'al Shem-Ṭob, and after having been rabbi and rosh yeshibah in several towns of Germany, he undertook a long journey in order to publish his works. He stayed for several years at Leghorn, where his books were printed; and then went to Palestine, where he died. He wrote the following works: "Emet le-Ya'aḳob," funeral dirges, 1704; "Ḥemdat Yisrael," a commentary on Ecclesiastes, on "Elef Alfin," and on "Alef Bet" of Elijah ha-Levi, 1820; "Peḳuddat ha-Melek," containing novellæ on Maimonides, and funeral dirges, 2 vols.

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1166;
  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, pp. 170, 180;
  • Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 211.
L. G. M. Sel.
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