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Isaac ben Samuel of Acre
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Hebrew Name(s): יצחק בן שמואל דמן עכו
Other Names: Yitzḥak ben Shmuel d'min Akko
Period: Rishonim — 13th–14th Century
Location: Israel and Spain
Dates: 13–14th Century

Biography:
Isaac ben Samuel of Acre was a kabbalist. Abraham Azulai claims he was a pupil of Naḥmanides (Moses ben Naḥman Girondi.)
 
Isaac ben Samuel escaped from Acre (Acco) to Spain after Acre fell to Al-Malik al-Ashrat in 1305.
It was during the time of Isaac ben Samuel that the Zohar was "discovered" by Moses de Leon. Isaac ben Samuel doubted the authenticity of the claim regarding its early provenance in the land of Israel, having not heard of it in Israel.
 
Isaac ben Samuel of Acre is quoted by Elijah de Vidas in Reshit Ḥokmah and by R. Ḥayyim Vital in Megillat Sefarim.
 
Isaac ben Samuel of Acre was the writer of many kabbalistic works, many of which are unpublished and, according to Reshit Ḥokmah, he wrote a book on ethics.

Works:
Meirat Enayim; Sefer ha-Sodot; Ketem Paz; Liḳḳuṭe Shoshanim

Comments:
Meirat Enayim is a kabbalistic commentary on Naḥmanides' Commentary to the Pentateuch.
Sefer ha-Sodot is mentioned in the Nobelot Ḥokmah of Joseph Solomon Delmedigo.
Ketem Paz is a kabbalistic work mentioned by Moses Botarel in his commentary to the Sefer Yezirah, and the author of which he calls "Isaac ben Samuel."
Liḳḳuṭe Shoshanim is possibly a compendium of the Sefer ha-Sodot.

 

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