Falk, Jacob

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Falk, Jacob (1680–1756). Jewish halakhic authority. As rabbi of Lemberg, his yeshivah became the largest in Poland. He was a determined opponent of Shabbateanism, siding with Jacob Emden against Jonathan Eybeschuetz. He is best known as the author of Penei Yehoshuʿa (The Face of Joshua) published in separate parts (1739, 1752, 1756, and 1780), which is a series of novellae on the Talmud, and a defence of Rashi, still respected and consulted.