Rabbi Nathan ben Jehiel

Born in the 11th century Rome to a long line of Jewish scholars. His greatest work, The Aruk, was written at the end of his life – a life plagued with personal suffering. All of his children died in infancy or young childhood; to console himself, he dedicated his life to study and philanthropy. Rabbi Jehiel and his brothers built a synagogue in Rome as an act of devotion, in memory of his children. The Aruk was completed in 1102, shortly before his own death in 1106.

Read more about Rabbi Jehiel in the Jewish Encyclopedia.

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