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LEVI, SOLOMON B. ISAAC:

Rabbi and scholar of the sixteenth century. He was born in Smyrna, became director of the academy 'Eẓ Ḥayyim at Salonica, and went subsequently to Venice. He was versed in philosophy, natural sciences, and mathematics as well as in the Talmud and the Halakah, and was eminent as a preacher. He wrote a large number of devotional and halakic works, including the following: "Leb Abot," commentary to Abot (Salonica, 1565 and 1571); "Dibre Shelomoh," five sermons for each of the weekly sections and feast-days (Venice, 1596); "Leḥem Shelomoh," commentary to the Talmud, the Midrash, and the Zohar (ib1597); responsa to the Ṭur and the Shulḥan 'Aruk (Salonica, 1652); "Leb Shelomoh," similar in contents to the preceding.

Bibliography:
  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 351;
  • Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, passim;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 2363.
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