Eleazar Ben-azkari (or Askari)

Eleazar Ben-Azkari (or Askari)

a rabbi of the 16th century, is the author of an exposition of the six hundred and thirteen precepts, ספר חרדים (Venice, 1601; Zolkiew, 1778; Bunn, 1795). See Furst, Bibl. Jud. 1:65. (B.P.) Eleazar BEN- CHISA, a disciple of the famous rabbi Akiba (q.v.), was noted alike as a Talmudist and an astronomer. His recorded maxim (Aboth, 3:28), "Qinnim and Pitche Nidda are essentials of the Torah; canons of astronomy and geometry are after-courses of wvisdom," shows his delight in astronomical and mathematical problems. See Bacher, in Frankel-Gratz's Monatsschrift, 1883, page 538. (B.P.)

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