Eliezer ben Samson

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ELIEZER BEN SAMSON (fl. 12th century), paytan and rabbi in Cologne; a pupil of R. Isaac b. Asher ha-Levi in Speyer. He exchanged responsa with R. *Abraham b. Nathan, who referred to him with admiration. Many of his decisions were used as precedents by early authorities (Mordecai Ket. 219, Kid. 515, Shev. 761; and R. Isaac b. Moses Or Zaru'a). He composed a number of liturgical poems including a reshut in Aramaic to the Sukkot haftarah, which described the era between the creation of the world and the revelation at Mount Sinai.


Landshuth, Ammudei, 23ff.; Fuenn, Keneset, 133; Germ Jud, 74; Kohn, in: mgwj, 27 (1878), 44ff.; Zunz, Lit Poesie, 176; Davidson, Oẓar, 4 (1933), 365.

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