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Horowitz, Isaiah ben Jacob Ha-Levi

HOROWITZ, ISAIAH BEN JACOB HA-LEVI

HOROWITZ, ISAIAH BEN JACOB HA-LEVI (1633–1695 or 1698), Polish rabbi and author, grandson of the author of the Shelah, Isaiah *Horowitz. Born in Cracow, Horowitz obtained his early education there and then proceeded to the yeshivah of Brest-Litovsk and subsequently to Vilna. In 1655, as a result of the *Chmielnicki massacres and persecutions, he went to Italy and lived in Ferrara, Mantua, and Verona. At the end of the introduction to his Beit ha-Levi (Venice, 1666) he praises these three communities who supported him and enabled him to publish it. Beit ha-Levi comprises 18 cases of the principles of migo (see *Pleas) and novellae on the Ḥoshen Mishpat, parts 69–149. The great talmudists of his era greatly prized the book. He returned to Poland where he died.

bibliography:

Ḥ. D. Friedberg, Toledot Mishpaḥat Horowitz (19282), 29; Z.(H.) Horowitz, Toledot Mishpaḥat Horowitz (1936), 32.

[Yehoshua Horowitz]

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