Mann, Abraham Aaron of Posnan

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MANN, ABRAHAM AARON OF POSNAN (mid-17th century), Hebrew writer. Mann, who was a ḥazzan in Poznan, wrote a short work, Urim ve-Tummim (Amsterdam, 1653), dealing with such matters as the proper way to fulfill the ethical commandments, repentance, and the way to achieve the state of *devekut and the love of God. Instructions are also given regarding correct social behavior, in accordance with Jewish ethics, based directly on talmudic and midrashic ideas. The work is divided into short paragraphs (each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet), arranged in a notarikon system forming the author's name several times. The work likewise includes a short ethical poem, also arranged in a notarikon system, and, at the end, several brief sermons.


Steinschneider, Cat Bod, 4274; Benjacob, Oẓar, 30, no. 596.

[Joseph Dan]