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Eleazar ben Judah of Worms
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(c. 1165, Mainz – 1230, Worms), halakhist, poet, and writer of esoteric, mystical, and ethical works, and the central figure in the literature of the Kalonymus circle of the Hasidic Ashkenazi (Hasidism). Eleazar ben Judah left Mainz following the persecution of the Jews there in 1188, and settled in Worms. He was the main disciple of Rabbi Judah ben Samuel (Yehuda he-Chasid) of Regensburg. Eleazar wrote a halakhic (Halakhah) work, Sefer ha-Rokeah, which deals with questions of ethics. Among his most important works are the collection of esoteric-myst…

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Dan, Joseph, “Eleazar ben Judah of Worms”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 May 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04209>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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