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Omek Halakhah

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Omek Halakhah




Rabbinical Works
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Omek Halakhah (The Depths of Halakhah). Koppelman, Jacob ben Samuel Bunim, 1555-1594.Amsterdam: Tsevi Hirsh b. ha-r. R. Gershon, ca. 1709.

This profusely illustrated work by Rabbi Jacob ben Samuel Bunim Koppelman examines a number of different Talmudic tractates and is based on the commentaries of Rashi, Tosafot, Rambam, among others. The text, which is arranged in a manner allowing easy navigation, appears in a single column in rabbinic type. Illustrations appear on nearly every page and clarify complex issues in the relevant tractates. Koppelman draws on contemporary mathematics, botany, engineering, and geography in order to help explicate difficult issues.

Born in Brisk, Poland, Jacob ben Samuel Bunim Koppelman was a well-known Talmudic scholar and translator who also studied mathematics and science. He also authored the book Ohel Ya’akov (Freiburg, 1584).


Koppelman, Jacob ben Samuel Bunim


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