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JACOB BEN ABRAHAM FAITUSI ():

Tunisian scholar; died at Algiers July, 1812. He settled in the later part of his life at Jerusalem, whence he was sent as a collector of alms to Italy and Algeria. He was the author of "Berit Ya'aḳob" (Leghorn, 1800), the contents of which were as follows: sermons; Bezaleel Ashkenazi's "Shiṭṭah Meḳubbeẓet" on Soṭah, with the editor's notes, entitled "Yagel Ya'aḳob"; glosses of the Geonim on the Talmudical treatises Nedarim and Nazir, with the editor's notes; commentaries on Nazir by Abraham ben Musa; "Sha'are Ẓedeḳ," a commentary, attributed to Levi ben Gershon, on the thirteen hermeneutic rules of R. Ishmael; novellæ on Ḥullin and Pesaḥim; and poems, entitled "Ḳonṭres Aḥaron."

Jacob wrote also "Yerek Ya'aḳob" (ib. 1842), sermons arranged in the order of the Sabbatical sections, with an appendix entitled "Ya'ir Kokab mi-Ya'aḳob," containing novellæ and responsa, and edited "Mizbaḥ Kapparah" of Naḥmanides; Bezaleel Ashkenazi's "Shiṭṭah Meḳubbeẓet" on Zebaḥim and various tosafot of Rabbi Perez, Eliezer of Touques, and others on several Talmudical treatises, with an appendix entitled "Ranenu le-Ya'aḳob" (ib. 1810) containing Talmudic novellæ and sermons by Jacob (republished with additions by Saul ha-Levi, Lemberg, 1861); "Sefer Mar'eh ha-Ofannim" (Leghorn, 1810), containing Asher ben Jehiel's novellæ on Soṭah, Aaron ha-Levi's "Shiṭṭah" on Beẓah, and an appendix entitled "Yagel Ya'aḳob," containing novellæ on Pesaḥim, Beẓah, Rosh ha-Shanah, Mo'ed Ḳaṭan, 'Abodah Zarah, and Makkot.

Bibliography:
  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 211;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1210;
  • Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 247;
  • Cazès, Notes Bibliographiques, pp. 182 et seq.
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