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JEHIEL BEN ASHER:

Liturgical poet; flourished in Andalusia in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. He was the author of four liturgical poems, mentioned by Zunz ("L. G. " p. 520), and of a dirge of twenty-five strophes on the persecution of the Jews in Spain in 1391. Jehiel was also the author of a poetical work entitled "Ma'aseh 'Ugah," published, together with Profiat Duran's "Iggeret Al Tehi Ka-Aboteka," at Constantinople about 1577. Firkovich claims to have seen in the possession of a Karaite of Constantinople named Joseph Ḳimḥi a manuscript containing a poem by Jehiel, entitled "Ha-Rewayah."

Bibliography:
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1273;
  • idem, Jewish Literature, p. 152;
  • Dukes, in Orient, Lit. xi. 251;
  • Ha-Karmel, ii. 385.
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