Abraham ben Joseph ha-Levi

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Avraham ben Yosef HaLevi Segal (c. 1620 – c. 1670) was a Polish commentator born in Cracow. In consequence of the persecution of the Jews of Poland by the Cossacks in 1656, he fled from his native city and sought asylum in Hamburg. There he wrote a commentary on Megillas Taanis, which was printed in Amsterdam, in 1659, and went through several editions. His work, however, was not favorably received by his contemporaries, for both Efraim Cohen, author of Sha'ar Efraim, a collection of rabbinical decisions, and Abraham Gombiner, author of Magen Avraham, refer to him somewhat disparagingly.

He died, probably in Hamburg, about 1670, or at least some time after 1659.

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLouis Ginzberg (1901–1906). "Abraham ben Joseph ha-Levi". In Singer, Isidore; et al. Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.  Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography: Michael, Or ha-Ḥayyim, No. 124.