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Alfasi, Isaac ben Jacob

Alfasi, Isaac ben Jacob (known as Rif, 1013–1103). N. African codifier of Jewish law. His Sefer ha-Halakhot (Book of the Commandments) was the best known code before the Mishneh Torah (Second Law Code) of Maimonides. It was much admired. Joseph Caro regarded Alfasi, Maimonides, and Asher b. Jehiel as the three pillars of learning on which Judaism rested, and he used their work as a foundation for his own Shulḥān Arukh (Arranged Table).

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