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Be'er Ha-Golah

Title

The title translates as "the well of the exile." A well of that name is mentioned in the Mishnah ('Eruvin 10:14). The Hebrew root B'R can also denote an explanation or commentary.

Author

Rabbi Moses ben Rabbi Naftali Hertz Rivkes

Dates

Died c. 1672.

Place

Born in Vilna, Lithuania, he excaped the Chmelnicki massacres of 1648 and the Polish-Russian war, settling in Amsterdam.

Description

The main purpose of the "Be'er Ha-Golah" is to provide cross-references to the Talmud, law codes, commentaries and responsa, though occasionally (especially in the section on Hoshen Mishpat) the author added his own explanatory comments.


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