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Eleazar ben Judah of Worms

Eleazar ben Judah of Worms, known as Eleazar Rokeʾaḥ, (c.1165–c.1230). Medieval German Jewish scholar. Eleazar was a major scholar of the Ḥasidei Ashkenaz movement. Based in Worms, he wrote many piyyutim (liturgical poems) as well as works of theology, ethics, exegesis, and halakhah. In Rokeʾaḥ (the opening chapters of which were often reprinted as separate works), he explored the mystical meaning of halakot and prayers. In Sodei Razayya (The Secret of Secrets), he attempted to summarize the teachings of Ḥasidei Ashkenazim.

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