Johanan Luria

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Johanan ben Aaron ben Nathanael Luria (Hebrew: יוחנן בן אהרן בן נתנאל לוריא‎) was an Alsatian Talmudist. He lived successively at Niedernheim and Strasburg at the end of the fifteenth century and in the beginning of the sixteenth. After having studied for many years in German yeshivot, he returned to Alsace and settled in Strasburg, where he founded a yeshiva by permission of the government. Luria was the author of an ethical work entitled "Hadrakah" (Cracow, c. 1579) and of "Meshibat Nefesh" (Neubauer, "Catalogue of the Hebrew MSS. in the Bodleian Library" No. 257), an aggadic and mystical commentary on the Pentateuch, founded on Rashi. To this commentary was appended a dissertation in which Luria refuted the arguments advanced by Christians against Judaism.[1]

One of his descendants was Elijah Loans.[2]


  1. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSinger, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "Johanan ben Aaron ben Nathanael Luria". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. Retrieved Jan 18, 2015.
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  2. ^  Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "LOANS, ELIJAH BEN MOSES ASHKENAZI or LOANZ". The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. Retrieved Jan 21, 2015.