Casès, Benjamin ben David

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CASÈS, BENJAMIN BEN DAVID (1680–1749), rabbi and author. Casès was born in Adrianople where he lived until 1730, when he moved to Constantinople. In 1740 he settled in Safed and headed a yeshivah. His novellae to the Sefer Mitzvot Gadol of *Moses b. Jacob of Coucy were published under the title Megillat Sefer (pt. 1, Constantinople, 1750). He also wrote commentaries to the Jerusalem Talmud, Midrash Tanḥuma, and Rashi's commentary on the Pentateuch, as well as a book on Maimonides' Mishneh Torah called Ḥelko shel Binyamin.


Fuenn, Keneset, 172; Rosanes, Togarmah, 5 (1938), 293; M.D. Gaon, Yehudei ha-Mizraḥ be-Ereẓ Yisrael, 2 (1938), 595; M. Benayahu, Rabbi Ḥayyim Yosef David Azulai (Heb., 1959), 82.