Hamon, Aaron ben Isaac

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HAMON, AARON BEN ISAAC (early 18th century), Hebrew poet. Hamon, who lived in Constantinople and Adrianople, wrote a preface to Reuben Mizraḥi's Ma'yan Gannim (Constantinople, 1721): a poem published in Isaac Cheleby's Semol Yisrael (Constantinople, 1723), in which all the words begin with the letter שׂ (sin); and a considerable number of devotional poems. The latter are included in the poetry collections of Turkish Jews, and some of them even in the Karaite liturgy. He was influenced by the poetry of Israel *Najara and the latter's contemporaries. Hamon's poetry was popular and widely read.


Zunz, Poesie, 358; Michael, Or, 135 no. 283; S. Landauer, Katalog… Strassburg (1881), 63 no. 41; Gross, in: rej, 56 (1908), 26; 57 (1909), 78; Benjamin Raphael b. Joseph (ed.), Shirei Yisrael be-Ereẓ ha-Kedem (1926), 81, 86, 177, 191, 204, 208; Davidson, Oẓar, 4 (1933), 359.

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