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LEON HA-LEVI:

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Provençal Jew who wrote a Purim parody under the pseudonym Labi ha-Levi because he feared that the Orthodox Jews would condemn his work. The treatise, called "Megillat Setarim," on "Midrash ha-Nabi ha-Labi ha-Lewi" (Venice, 1552), contains three sections, entitled respectively "Pereḳ Ḥabaḳbuḳ," "Hakkol Ḥayyabin," and "Mi-she-Niknas Adar," and is similar in plan to a Talmud treatise with so-called Rashi and Tosafot. It is full of humor. Another work of his, "Sefer Ḥabaḳbuḳ" (ib. 1552), is a parody of the Pentateuch and the prophetic style, representing a contest between "Karmi" (wine) and "Be'eri" (water). This work was likewise intended for Purim.

Bibliography:
  • Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, p. 202;
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. ii. 215;
  • idem, Die Purim-Literatur, in Orient, Lit. 1849, p. 157;
  • Sommerhausen, Die Purimliteratur, ib. 1850, p. 851;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 580;
  • idem, Purim und Parodie, in Israelietische Letterbode, vii. 7, No. 18.
G. M. L. B.
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