Moses ben Joseph di Trani
His father had fled to Salonica from Apulia three years prior to his birth. While still a boy Moses was sent to Adrianople to pursue the study of the Talmud under the supervision of his uncle Aaron. At the age of sixteen he went to Safed and completed his studies under Jacob Berab. In 1525 he was appointed rabbi of Safed; he held this office until 1535, when he moved to Jerusalem.
Moses di Trani was the author of:
- Bet Elohim (Venice, 1576), a moral and philosophical work on prayer, atonement, and the fundamental principles of faith;
- Kiryat Sefer (Venice, 1551), a commentary on the Bible, the Talmud, and difficult passages in the commentaries of Maimonides;
- Sefer ha-Tehiyyah weha-Pedut (Mantua, 1556; Wilna, 1799; Sudzilkov, 1834; Warsaw, 1841), a commentary and notes on ch. vii and viii of Saadia Gaon's Emunot we-Deot;
- She'elot u-Teshubot (vol. i, ib. 1629; vol. ii, ib. 1630), a collection of 841 responsa, with an index.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Trani". Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901–1906.
- Bet Elohim (Venice, 1576) - free scanned version in DJVU format
- She'elot u-Teshubot (Lvov, 1861) - free scanned version in PDF format
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