MANSURAH, SHALOM BEN JUDAH (d. c. 1885), Yemenite scholar. A member of one of the distinguished families of *Sanʾa, Mansurah was the brother of the poet Saadiah *Mansurah. In addition to his knowledge of the Torah, he also engaged in popular and natural medicine and was renowned as a practical kabbalist. In 1854 he was appointed leader of the Jews of Sanʾa. Three of his works on Torah and halakhah (in manuscript) are known. In addition to his own writings, he corrected many works of others. His notes in the margins of books, both published and in manuscript (especially those of R. Yiḥya Ṣalaḥ), are numerous.


A. Koraḥ, Sa'arat Teiman (1954), 45.

[Yehuda Ratzaby]

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