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Ibn Migash, Me'ir ben Joseph

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Author(s): Angel Saénz-Badillos
Meʾir ibn Migash (12th century) was the son of the well-known talmudist Joseph ibn Migash. Following the Sephardi tradition, he was named for his grandfather, who had lived in Seville in the eleventh century. Meʾir was a disciple of his father, studying with him alongside his cousin, also named Meʾir. Although he never attained the same level of knowledge as his father, he was the last rav of the talmudic academy of Lucena. The arrival of the Almohads meant the end of the city’s prosperous Jewish community (as lamented in the famous elegy by Abraham ibn Ezra), and m…

Albalia, Barukh ben Isaac

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Author(s): Angel Saénz-Badillos
Albalia, Barukh ben Isaac (1077-1126), member of a well-known Andalusi family, was son of Isaac Albalia, an astrologer at the palace of the Taifa king al-Muʿṭamid of Seville (r. 1069-1090). Barukh was born in Seville, and studied with his father, as did Joseph ibn Ṣaddīqq. After his father's death he went at the age of seventeen to Lucena and studied with Isaac b. Jacob al-Fāsi for nine years, the same as Joseph Ibn Migash. After al-Fāsī's death he became dayyan and head of the talmudic academy in Cordova.Albalia was the uncle and teacher of Abraham ibn Da'ud, and a friend of the …
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