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ḤIYYA, MEÏR BEN DAVID:

Italian Talmudist of the sixteenth century. He was dayyan of Venice 1510-20, during the rabbinate of Benedet ben Eliezer Acsildor, who esteemed him highly. Like Benedet, he took part in the dispute between Jacob Polak and Abraham Minz, being mentioned third in the list of Italian rabbis who expressed their views concerning this dispute. After 1520 he was employed in the printing establishment of Daniel Bomberg, being one of the editors of the Talmud. He rendered great services as corrector, editing among other works Israel Isserlein's "Terumat ha-Deshen" and Joseph Colon's responsa. His own responsa are printed in Benjamin Ze'eb's responsa collection.

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. cols. 632, 2865;
  • Mose, Antologia Israelitica, v. 307;
  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 57;
  • Zunz, Z. G. p. 10;
  • Eisenstadt-Wiener, Da'at Ḳedoshim, p. 60.
K. A. Pe.
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