Jacob ben Isaac Ashkenazi

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Rabbinical Eras

Rabbi Jacob ben Isaac Ashkenazi (1550–1625), of Janów (near Lublin, Poland), was the author of the Tseno Ureno, sometimes called the "Women's Bible", a Yiddish-language prose work written in c.1590s whose structure parallels the weekly portions of the Pentateuch and Haftorahs used in Shabbat services.[1]

He also authored a supplement, the Melitz Yosher (מליץ יושר) and Seyfer Ha Magid (המגיד). Ha Magid, which literally means "the book that tells" or "the messenger book" in the biblical sense, as in "the messenger came to David saying" in 2 Samuel 15:13, is a similar compilation on the Prophets and Hagiographa.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Katz, Dovid (2007). Words on Fire: The Unfinished Story of Yiddish (2 ed.). New York: Basic Books. p. 95. ISBN 0-465-03730-5. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Liptzin, Sol, A History of Yiddish Literature, Jonathan David Publishers, Middle Village, NY, 1972, ISBN 0-8246-0124-6.