Gershom ben Judah

Rabbi, Deceased Person

0960 – 1040

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Who was Gershom ben Judah?

Gershom ben Judah, best known as Rabbeinu Gershom and also commonly known to scholars of Judaism by the title Rabbeinu Gershom Me'Or Hagolah, was a famous Talmudist and Halakhist.

Rashi of Troyes said less than a century after Gershom's death, "all members of the Ashkenazi diaspora are students of his." As early as the 14th century Asher ben Jehiel wrote that Rabbeinu Gershom's writings were "such permanent fixtures that they may well have been handed down on Mount Sinai."

He is most famous for the synod he called around 1000 CE, in which he instituted various laws and bans, including prohibiting polygamy, requiring the consent of both parties to a divorce, modifying the rules concerning those who became apostates under compulsion, and prohibiting the opening of correspondence addressed to someone else.

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Born
0960
Metz
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Germans
Profession
Lived in
  • Metz
Died
1040
Mainz

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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