Rabbeinu Ḥananel

11th century rabbi and scholar from Kirouan, in North Africa, and son of Ḥushiel. His commentary on the Talmud is characterized by outstanding brevity and avoidance of detail and attempts to summarize each sugiya and record its gist, adding explanations of words or terms only when necessary. Sometimes Rabbeinu Ḥananel omits the explanation of a certain section and contents himself with writing “and this is simple”, meaning that it needs no explanation. His work is a repository of the teachings and commentaries of the ge’onim.

Read more in the Jewish Encyclopedia.

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