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Judah ben Simeon Ashkenazi
Hebrew Name(s): יהודה בן שמעון אשכנזי; באר היטב
Other Names: Yehudah Ashkenazi, Judah Ashkenazi, Ba'er Heitev
Period: Acharonim — 18th Century
Location: Poland
Dates: 1730–1770

Judah ben Simeon Ashkenazi lived in Tiktin, Poland where he was dayyan (assistant rabbi). His work, Ba'er Heitev (1742), which was completed with Zechariah Mendel ben Arieh Lieb of Krakow, is a condensation of legal rulings and responsa which relate to the Shulchan Aruch. Judah ben Simeon Askhenazi's work accompanies the sections Orah Hayyim and Even Ha-Ezer in standard editions of the Shulchan Aruch.

Be'er Heitev (To Explain Well)

Ba'er Heitev, also vocalized as Be'er Heitev, is the work of both Judah ben Simeon Ashkenazi and Zechariah Mendel ben Arieh Lieb of Krakow. It provides rulings and responsa related to the Shulchan Aruch.


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