Isaac of Chernigov

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ISAAC OF CHERNIGOV

ISAAC OF CHERNIGOV (12th century), one of the first rabbinical scholars in Eastern Europe. Originating from Chernigov, Ukraine, Isaac toured the Jewish communities in Western Europe, and probably also reached England. In rabbinical literature he is also mentioned as Isaac (b. Ezekiel) of Russia, a disciple of R. *Judah he-Ḥasid.

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hḤy, 13 (1929), 224; S.D. Luzzatto, in: Kerem Ḥemed, 7 (1843), 69; A.A. Harkavy, Ha-Yehudim u-Sefat ha-Slavim (1867), 14, 62; J. Jacobs (ed.), Jews of Angevin England (1893), 66, 73.

[Yehuda Slutsky]