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Judah Leib ben Hillel of Schwersenz

JUDAH LEIB BEN HILLEL OF SCHWERSENZ (17th century), rabbi of Schwersenz (Posen). He was the author of Ḥakham Lev (Fuerth, 1693), a short commentary on the 613 biblical and rabbinical precepts according to the Mishneh Torah by Maimonides and the Sefer Mitzvot Gadol by *Moses b. Jacob of Coucy. A Latin translation was published (Lund, 1731) with notes by Karl Schulten. In his apologia in the introduction to Ḥakham Lev, the author points out that he dealt only briefly with precepts of practical application which are to be found in the Shulḥan Arukh, but at greater length with laws which have no practical application. The succinct style of the book is due to the fact that it was intended for those who wished to study daily the 613 precepts with their reasons and explanations.


Michael, Or, no. 1009; Steinschneider, Cat Bod, 1328 no. 5714; S. Wiener, Kohelet Moshe (1893–1918), 500 no. 4148; A. Heppner and J. Herzberg, Aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart der Juden… in den Posener Landen (1909), 977f.

Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.