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Kalai, Samuel ben Joseph

KALAI, SAMUEL BEN JOSEPH (d. 1754), Karaite scholar of Chufut-Qaleh, Crimea. He was the head of the study-house in Chufut-Qaleh. After his demise Simḥah Isaac *Luzki occupied his place.

He wrote Me'il Shemu'el (which survived in several mss. in St. Petersburg, NY, Oxford, and Cambridge), a supercommentary on Sefer ha-Mivḥar by *Aaron b. Joseph; the work remained unfinished and was later edited by S.I. Luzki.


J. Fuerst, Karaeerthum, 2 (1865), 241; J. Mann, Texts, 2 (1935), 1326–27, 1429; A. Neubauer, Aus der Peterburger Bibliothek (1866), 49; 142.

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