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The Jewish French Connection

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  • Rabbi Yitzchak Ben Shlomo Tzarfati [RASHI father], - (1010 - 1060)
    Family tree (in Hebrew): Rashi's father, Yitzchak was a great scholar, but very poor. He made a meager living from the sale of wine. Legend has it that he once found a rare diamond and thought to s...
  • Yehuda Azriel ben Nathan (RIBAN), - (c.1065 - 1105)
    Judah ben Nathan (RIBaN)Son-in-law and pupil of Rashi, and to a great extent his continuator. It was Judah who completed Rashi's commentary on Makkot (from 19b to the end) and who wrote the commentary ...
  • Mrs Yehuda ben Yom Tov Treves (deceased)
    Sir-Leon?
  • Heliot de Vesoul (1300 - d.)
    In 1315 Héliot is named "a banker from Vesoul" and is one of the Jewish syndics of the Langue d'Oïl who, together with Poncin de Bar, Joce de Pontoise, Cressent de Corbeil, and Morel d'Amboise, negotia...

French Jewish intellectual and cultural life flourished through the ages, producing some of the most famous Jewish Rabbis, Philosophers, Artists, Mathematicians, and Scientists.

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