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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Eliezer Ben Samson

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Rabbi and liturgist of Cologne, of the twelfth century a relative of the tosafist R. Eliezer b. Nathan studied at Speyer under R. Isaac b. Elhanan, and at Mayence. He was one of the leaders of the "great synod" in which one hundred and fifty rabbis took part under the guidance of R. Jacob Tam and his brother Samuel (Rashbam). He is mentioned, and one of his responsa is cited, by Mordecai (Ket. 219 Shebu. 761 Ḳ id. 515) another responsum is cited in "Or Zaro' a" (Shab. 45). Two of his piyyuṭ im are extant: (1) for the second evening of the Feast of Tabernacles, a pizmon of seven stanzas, six verses in each (2) "Reshut" to the "Hafṭ arah," in Aramaic, consisting of thirty-two verses which rime in "raya." Both piyyuṭ im give the acrostic of the author's name.

Bibliography : Michael, Or ha-Ḥ ayyim , p. 218 Zunz, Literaturgesch. p. 176 Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael , p. 133.L. G. M. Sel.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Eliezer Ben Samson'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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