Oski, Reuben

Oski, Reuben (also called Hoschke), a rabbi at Prague, where he died in 1673, is the author of ראוּבֵנַי יִלקוּט, a manual for preachers, containing in alphabetical order certain loci communes, compiled from different authors, of which only the first part has been published (Prague, 1660; Hamburg, 1712), while the second part is yet in MS. in the Oppenheimeriana: יִלקוּט ראוּבֵנַי הִגָּדוֹל, a Cabalistic Midrash on the Pentateuch, with large extracts from the Mekiltha, Pesikta, Zohar, and other Cabalistic works (Wilmersdorf, 1681; Amsterd. 1700; Lemberg, 1860; Amsterd. 1870, fol.); which however must be distinguished from the יִלקוּט ofR. Simeon Cara (q.v.): — דָּבָר שֶׁבַקַדוּשָׁה, an introduction to the subject of asceticism (Sulzbach, 1684): — and עֹנֶג שִׁבָּת, Cabalistic observations on the ritual for the Sabbath. — See Furst, Bibl. Jud. 1:412 sq.; De Rossi, Dizionario storico degli autori Ebrei, p. 254 (Germ. transl. by Hamburger); Etheridge, Introduction to Heb. Literatur e, p. 419; Zunz, Zur Geschichte u. Literatur, p. 402; Steinschneider, Jewish Literature, p. 223. (B. P.)

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