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Alnakawa, Israel
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(died 1391 in Toledo), leader of the Jewish community in Toledo in the 14th century, author of one of the most important ethical/theological works of the period, Menorat ha-Maor (“Candelabrum of Light”). Alnakawa was the son of an important family in Toledo and a disciple of the great halakhists (Halakhah), Rabbi Asher ben Yehiel and his son Jacob. In the preface to his book Alnakawa tells how he was ordered in a vision to write the treatise to uplift the spirits of his community in a difficult time. The work, which is mainly an…

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Dan, Joseph, “Alnakawa, Israel”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 29 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00476>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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