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Alfasi, Isaac
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Isaac Alfasi's 11th-century Talmud digest largely replaced the canonized Talmud in a broad circle of users. This is largely due to the change in the economics of book production that served scholars far from the institutions that produced the oral Talmud. Employing a combination of universal authority and a well-designed abridgement formula, Hilḵot Alfasi suited the Talmud for the written media.

Isaac ben Jacob Alfasi (1013-1103) was commonly known by the acronym Rif (Rabbi Isaac of Fez). A native of Qal'at Beni Hammad in North Africa, he studied Talmud …

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Chwat, Ezra, “Alfasi, Isaac”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish Book Cultures Online, General Editor: Emile Schrijver. Consulted online on 23 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2772-4026_EJBO_SIM_031574>
First published online: 2022

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