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Duran, Simon ben Ṣemaḥ
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Simon ben Ṣemaḥ Duran(1361–1444), known by the acronym Rashbaṣ, was an important halakhic authority. Born in Majorca into a wealthy scholarly family, he was related through his paternal grandmother to Gersonides, and through him to Naḥmanides. He was a physician by profession, learned in rabbinic studies, sympathetic to Kabbala, and accomplished in philosophy, mathematics and the natural sciences. Duran’s wife, herself a direct descendant of Naḥmanides, was from Teruel, in Aragon. Duran lived there for a while after their marriage, and during h…

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Samuel Morell, “Duran, Simon ben Ṣemaḥ”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 19 August 2019
First published online: 2010



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