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TERNI, MATTATHIAH NISSIM BEN JACOB ISRAEL:

Italian rabbi and poet; flourished in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. He was rabbi at Florence, Urbino, Pesaro, and Sinigaglia. He wrote: "Sefat Emet," halakic decisions (Leghorn, 1797); "Midbar ba-'Arabah," on the marriage laws (Florence, 1807 [?]); "Midbar Mattanah,"responsa, in four parts (ib. 1810; the appendix, in Italian, was published at Urbino). A volume of poems by him is entitled "No'am we-Ḥobelim we-Derek Emunah" (Geiger, "Zeit. Jüd. Theol." iii. 286, No. 44).

Bibliography:
  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. iii. 418;
  • Mortara, Indice, p. 64;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 1684.
E. C. M. Sel.
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