Gesher | 04/24/1985
Azariah dei Rossi was the greatest scholar of Hebrew letters during the Italian Renaissance. Born to one of the most prominent Jewish Italian families c.s. 1513, Azariah received both his Talmudic and secular education in Mantua. He became proficient early in life in Italian, Latin and Hebrew literature and studied both Greek and Christian history.
Me’or Einayim, Azariah’s major work, was not published until late in his life. In 1571 while he was living in Ferrara, the city was struck by a disastrous earthquake. The first part of his book, “Kol Elokim,” describes the terrible tragedy and it’s effect on the inhabitants of the City.
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