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Uncovering a Rabbinic Forgery: The Besamim Rosh

Posted December 5, 2012

The Responsa volume Besamim Rosh was published in 1793 by Rabbi Saul Berlin, a respected rabbinic scholar, and claimed to contain responsa written by the famed early fourteenth century rabbinic authority, Rabbenu Asher. Rabbis at the time of its publication argued that it was a forgery and this is the accepted view in the rabbinic and scholarly communities to this day. Why did Rabbi Saul Berlin publish this volume? How could this volume still be studied and quoted in respected rabbinic circles?
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