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Issachar Baer ben Solomon Zalman


ISSACHAR BAER BEN SOLOMON ZALMAN (Klazki; d. 1807), Lithuanian talmudist. The brother of *Elijah b. Solomon Zalman the "Gaon of Vilna," he was also known as Issachar Baer Ashers, in accordance with the custom then prevailing, since his father-in-law was Asher Ginsberg. Issachar Baer wrote a commentary to the Pentateuch entitled Ẓuf Devash (unpublished), which is primarily a literal commentary but also includes elucidations of talmudic passages and a commentary on the Shulhan Arukh, Yoreh De'ah. He was also interested in secular learning and in a letter to the Amsterdam rabbi, Saul, dated 1775 (see Horowitz, in bibl.), he asked him to send him the Nicomachean Ethics of Aristotle, as well as some kabbalistic works.


S.J. Fuenn, Kiryah Ne'emanah (1915), 205f.; I.T. Eisenstadt and S. Wiener, Da'at Kedoshim (1897–98), 208 (first pagin.); D. Maggid, Toledot Mishpehot Ginzburg (1899), 60, 69, 104, 226; Z. (H.) Horowitz, Kitvei ha-Ge'onim (1928), 5–8.

[Samuel Abba Horodezky]

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