Reuben ben Hoshke

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Reuben Hoshke HaKohen (Sofer) (died April 3, 1673) (Hebrew: אברהם ראובן הכהן סופר) was a Kabalist and rabbi of Prague. "Hoshke," his father's name, is a Polish diminutive for "Joshua," mistaken by G.B. De Rossi (Dizionario, s.v. "Oski, Ruben") and Zunz (Z. G. p. 402) for his family name.


He wrote:

  • Yalḳuṭ, Re'ubeni, a cabalistic work (an imitation of the Yalḳuṭ Ḥadash) containing a collection of sayings taken from other cabalistic works and arranged in alphabetical order (Prague, 1660)
  • Yalḳuṭ Re'ubeni ha-Gadol, (ילקוט ראובני הגדול) a cabalistic midrash on the Pentateuch arranged according to the order of the parashiyyot (Wilmersdorf, 1681)
  • Dabar Shebi-Ḳedushah, a manual of asceticism and repentance (Sulzbach, 1684)
  • Oneg Shabbat, cabalistic reflections on the Sabbath laws, followed by an appendix entitled Derek Ḳabbalat Shabbat (ib. 1684).

Jewish Encyclopedia bibliography[edit]

  • Lieben, Gal 'Ed, German part, p. 41; Hebrew part, p. 36;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 2138;
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. i. 412.