Abraham ben Joseph ha-Levi
(ca. 1620–ca. 1670) was a Polish
commentator born at Cracow
. In consequence of the persecution of the Jews of Poland by the Cossacks
in 1656, he fled from his native city and sought asylum in Hamburg
. Here he produced a commentary upon Megillat Ta'anit,
which was printed at Amsterdam
, in 1659, and went through several editions. His work, however, was not favorably received by his contemporaries, for both Ephraim Cohen
, author of Sha'ar Ephraim,
a collection of rabbinical decisions, and Abraham Gombiner
, author of Magen Abraham,
refer to him somewhat disparagingly.
He died, probably in Hamburg, about 1670, or at least some time after 1659.
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