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Be'er Ha-Golah


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.


Rabbi Moses ben Rabbi Naftali Hertz Rivkes


Died c. 1672.


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


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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