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Gershom Me'or ha-Golah
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(“The Light of the Exiled”; c. 960, Metz – c.1028, Mainz), was the leading rabbinic authority in Germany and northern France at the beginning of the 11th century and the author of numerous talmudic commentaries (Talmud), halakhic decisions (Halakhah), and religious poetry. His name is connected with several takanot, i.e. rabbinic instructions, which are not derived directly from scriptures or tradition, as for example the prohibition of polygamy, though it is not explicitly prohibited in biblical and talmudic sources. Other takanot include the prohibition of …

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Dan, Joseph, “Gershom Me'or ha-Golah”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 March 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_08487>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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