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Lonzano, Menahem Ben Judah De
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Menahem ben Judah de Lonzano was a religious scholar and poet who died in Jerusalem in 1608. His origins are unknown but it is believed that he was from Italy or Greece. His life was replete with difficulties and poverty despite his importance as a midrashic scholar. He pursued a peripatetic path, marrying in Jerusalem, relocating to Istanbul, living in Italy, and finally returning to Jerusalem. Lonzano was known to Ottoman Jews for his poetry, such as DerekhḤayyim (Way of Life; Istanbul, 1574), a moral poem of 315 verses. His hymns for synagogue and home, pizmonim (songs) and baqqashot (su…

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Pamela Dorn Sezgin, “Lonzano, Menahem Ben Judah De”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 02 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0013980>
First published online: 2010

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