An Italian family the most distinguished members of which are:

Aaron Berechiah Modena. See Aaron Berechiah ben Moses ben Nehemiah of Modena.David ben Abraham Modena:

Supposed author of the anonymous Hebrew-Italian school dictionary "Dabar Ṭob" (Venice, 1596, 1606), in three parallel columns in Hebrew, Italian, and German. The existence of the author and the book is, however, called in question.

  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. i. 198;
  • Wolf, Bibl. Hebr. i. 288;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 855.
David Zacuto b. Mazzal Ṭob Modena:

Italian scholar of the nineteenth century; popular preacher and teacher at Modena. He wrote a number of didactic, religious, and casuistic works in Hebrew and Italian, including: (1) "Zeker Dawid," on customs of circumcision, two parts (Leghorn, n.d.); (2) Limmude Adonai," fundamental principles of religion for children, with Italian translation, three parts (Reggio, 1814, 1824); (3) responsa to the four Ṭurim; (4) commentary to the prayer-book and the Maḥzor according to the Italian ritual; (5) "Shelal Dawid," notes to the Pentateuch; and 300 sermons. Only the first three of these works have been printed.

  • Nepi-Ghirondi, Toledot Gedole Yisrael, p. 78;
  • Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, passim.
Judah Aryeh Modena. See Leon (Judah Aryeh) of Modena.Pomona Modena:

Mother of Abraham b. Daniel, who wrote over 1,000 liturgical prayers between 1536 and 1552, in which he celebrated her as a pious woman. These prayers are contained in the Codex Bislichis 72. Pomona Modena was versed in the Talmud, and David of Imola addressed a detailed Talmudic responsum to her.

  • Zunz, Literaturgesch. p. 535;
  • Benjacob, Oẓar ha-Sefarim, p. 494,
  • Kayserling, Die Jüdischen Frauen, p. 140.
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