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Yehuda ben Samuel ha-Levi
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(c. 1075, Tudela – 1141,Egypt). When the Almoravides conquered Andalusia after 1090, Yehuda moved from town to town in Christian Spain during the next 20 years. When his benefactor, Solomon Ibn Ferrizuel, was murdered in Toledo, he went to Cordoba, Granada, and Almeria. He was a doctor, businessman, and courtier, as well as a prolific composer of Hebrew secular and sacred poetry. His poetic oeuvre consists of more than 1,000 works. By mid-life he was already a revered public figur…

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Bekkum, Wout J. van, “Yehuda ben Samuel ha-Levi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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