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Samson ben Abraham
Hebrew Name(s): שמשון בן אברהם משאנץ; ר׳׳ש
Other Names: RaSh, The Prince of Sens, Samson ben Abraham of Sens
Period: Rishonim — 12th–13th Century
Location: France
Dates: c. 1150–1230

Samuel ben Abraham was the grandson of Tosafist Samson ben Joseph and a student of Rabbeinu Tam and David ben Kalonymus. He was a disciple of Isaac ben Samuel ha-Zaken (The Elder) and brother of Rabbi Isaac ben Abraham the Younger of Dampierre (Riba; Rizba). After the death of Isaac ben Samuel ha-Zaken (the Ri) Samson ben Abraham took charge of the school of Sens.
Samson ben Abraham emigrated to Palestine [around 1211] and first settled in Jerusalem and for this reason is designated The Jerusalemite. He later settled in Acre. He died at Acre and is buried at Mount Carmel.

Tosafot; A Commentary on two of the Mishnaic Orders, Zeraim and Tohorot; A Commentary on the Sifra


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