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MOSES BEN ISRAEL ISSERLES (c. 1520-1572)

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Originally appearing in Volume V14, Page 886 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MOSES BEN ISRAEL ISSERLES (c. 1520-1572), known as REMA, was born at Cracow and died there in 1572. He wrote commentaries on the Zohar, the " Bible of the Kabbalists," but is best known as the critic and expander of the Shulhan Aruch of Joseph Qaro (Caro)(q.v.). His chief halakhic (legal) works were Darke Moshe and Mappdh. Qaro, a Sephardic (Spanish) Jew, in his Code neglected Ashkenazic (German) customs. These deficiencies Isserles supplied, and the notes of Rema are now included in all editions of Qaro's Code.
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