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M. Seligsohn,

Diplomé of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris, France; now New York City.

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HEBER – 1. Grandson of Asher and founder of the family of the Heberites (Gen. xlvi. 17; Num. xxvi. 45). 2. Heber the Kenite, husband of Jael, (Judges iv. 11-17, v. 24). At the time of the war between Barak and Jabin, King of Hazor,...
HEBRON – 1. A city of Asher, properly "Ebron"; called also Abdon.2. Town in Palestine, about 17 miles southwest of Jerusalem; it has a population of 14,000, including 1,100 Jews—690 Sephardim and 410 Ashkenazim. In 1890 there was a...
HECKSCHER, SAMUEL BEN MEÏR – German scholar; lived at Altona in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; author of a work entitled "Ḳinah 'al Serefah," in Hebrew and German, on the great fire which raged at Altona in 1711 (see Steinschneider, "Cat. Bodl."...
HEIDENHEIM, WOLF (BENJAMIN) BEN SAMSON – His Pentateuch. Wolf Heidenheim.German exegete and grammarian; born at Heidenheim in 1757; died at Rödelheim Feb. 23, 1832. At an early age Heidenheim was sent to Fürth, where he studied Talmud under Joseph Steinhardt, author of...
HEILBRONN (HEILPRIN), ABRAHAM BEN MOSES ASHKENAZI – Chief rabbi of Lemberg; born in 1578; died Jan. 2, 1649. His father was related to R. Solomon Edels. Abraham Heilbronn wrote: "Birkat Abraham," a homily which he delivered on the day of his "bar miẓwah" (Prague); "Ahabat...
HEILBRONN, JACOB BEN ELHANAN – German rabbi and mathematician; flourished in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After occupying various rabbinates he settled at Padua. He wrote: "Seder Meliḥah," a treatise in Judæo-German on the law of salting meat, at...
HEILBRONN, JOSEPH BEN ELHANAN – German Hebrew scholar; lived at Posen in the sixteenth century. Nepi-Ghirondi's "Toledot Gedole Yisrael" (p. 203) mentions a Joseph Heilbronn who died at Padua in 1622, but who can not be identified with Joseph ben Elhanan....
HEILBUT, ABRAHAM BEN JUDAH – German Talmudist; lived at Altona in the middle of the eighteenth century. In July, 1751, he wrote there "Binah Rabbah," a commentary to the Midrash Rabbah and on the Midrashim to Psalms; Proverbs, and Samuel. Chief attention is...
HEILPRIN, JEHIEL BEN SOLOMON – Lithuanian rabbi, cabalist, and chronicler; born about 1660; died at Minsk about 1746. He was a descendant of Solomon Luria, and traced his genealogy back through Rashi to the tanna Johanan ha-Sandlar. He was rabbi of Glusk,...
HELAM – A place east of the Jordan where the Syrians under Hadarezer were defeated by David (II Sam. x. 16, 17). The Vulgate, following Aquila, and in consideration of the different spellings of the name in the two verses, renders...
ḤELBO – Amora who flourished about the end of the third century, and who is frequently mentioned in both Talmuds. It seems that Ḥelbo was at first in Babylon, where he studied under Huna, the head of the Academy of Sura, and that, like...
HELDAI – 1. Captain of the service of the Temple for the twelfth month in the time of David; a native of Netophah and a descendant of Othniel (I Chron. xxvii. 15). In the parallel list in I Chron. xi. 30 his name is given as "Heled." 2....
HELENA – Queen of Adiabene, wife of Monobaz I., and mother of Monobaz II.; died about 56 C.E. Her name and the fact that she was her husband's sister (Josephus, "Ant." xx. 2, § 1) show that she was of Greek origin. She became a convert...
HELEZ – 1. One of David's thirty guards, and captain for the seventh month of the service of the Temple; an Ephraimite (II Sam. xxiii. 26; I Chron. xi. 27, xxvii. 10). In the first passage he is called "the Paltite," in the last two...
HELICON – Court fool, and a favorite of the Roman emperor Caligula (37-41); an Egyptian by birth. He appears to have been especially fond of deriding the Jews. With Apelles of Ascalon he helped bring about the failure of the embassy of...
HELIN, ABRAHAM BEN JACOB MOSES – German rabbi; lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Helin was on his father's side a great-grandson of Solomon Luria, and was chief rabbi of Warta (Poland) and Glogau. During his stay at Vienna, Helin wrote: "Zera'...
HELIODORUS – Treasurer or, according to II Macc. iii.7, R. V., chancellor of Seleucus IV., Philopator. At the instigation of Apollonius, Seleucus sent Heliodorus to Jerusalem to seize the treasure of the Temple. The high priest Onias...
HELKATH HAZZURIM – Name of the place where the combat between Joab's and Abner's men took place, in which all on both sides were slain (II Sam. ii. 16). It appears from the passage that the name means "the field of the sword-edges." The Septuagint...
HELLER, JOSHUA BEN AARON – Russian rabbi and preacher; born 1814; died at Telshi, government of Kovno, June 2, 1880. After having been for several years preacher in Grodno, Heller was appointed chief rabbi of Polangen, Courland, and afterward chief rabbi...
HELLER, YOM-ṬOB LIPMANN BEN NATHAN BEN MOSES LEVI – Rabbi and liturgical poet; born at Wallerstein, Bavaria, 1579; died at Cracow Sept. 7, 1654. Erroneously the editor of the "Megillat Ebah" concludes from his epitaph that Heller died April 23; Hock ("Gal 'Ed," p. 65) gives Aug....
HEMAN – 1. Son of Joel and grandson of the prophet Samuel; surnamed "the Singer"; a Kohathite (I Chron. vi. 19). He was one of the three chief Levites appointed by David to superintend the musical service in the Temple (ib. vi. 18-30,...
HEMDAN – The eldest son of Dishon the Horite (Gen. xxxvi. 26). In the parallel list in I Chron. i. 41 this name is changed to "Hamran" ( ).E. G. H. M. Sel.
HENA – Rabshakeh's enumeration of the monarchies reduced by the King of Assyria terminates with the words "Hena' we-'Iwwah" (II Kings xix. 13; Isa. xxxvii. 13). These two words are supposed by several critics to be the names of two...
HEPHZI-BAH – 1. Name to be borne by the restored Jerusalem (Isa. lxii. 4), in token that God will not abandon it. 2. Name of the queen of King Hezekiah and mother of Manasseh (II Kings xxi. 1).E. G. H. M. Sel.
HERMON – Mountain on the northeastern border of Palestine; the culminating point of the Anti-Lebanon range, at the springs of the Jordanand adjoining the plateau of Bashan (Deut. iii. 8; Josh. xi. 17, xii. 1; I Chron. v. 23). The name is...