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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Elijah ba'al Shem of Chelm

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Polish rabbi born in 1550 died at Chelm. About 1565 he entered the yeshibah of Rabbi Solomon Luria of Lublin, and, after receiving the rabbinical ordination, became rabbi of Chelm, which position he held until his death. Elijah Ba' al Shem was one of the most eminent Talmudists of his generation. Together with his teacher he signed the "pisḳ e dinim" (laws) relative to the ' Agunah . He also studied Cabala, and, according to his grandson Ẓ ebi Ashkenazi, he was able to create a golem by means of Cabalistic agencies.

Bibliography : Friedberg, Luḥ ot Zikkaron , p. 32, Drohobycz, 1897 Emden, Megillat Sefer , p. 4, Warsaw, 1896 Horodetzky, Kerem Shelomoh , p. 33, Drohobycz, 1896 Ha-Meassef , p. 157, St. Petersburg, 1902.K. B. Fr.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Elijah ba'al Shem of Chelm'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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