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The Jewish French Connection

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  • Rabbi * Yitzchak Ben Shlomo Tzarfati, RASHI's father (1010 - 1060)
    Family tree (in Hebrew): 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 sell it to the...
  • 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 ...
  • Wife of Judah ben Isaac Sir Leon (deceased)
  • Manassier (Manasse) de Vesoul (b. - 1364)
    Manassier was a Jewish trader who negotiated the return of the Jews to France in 1360. He achieved exceptional terms of freedom and protection for the Jewish community.
  • 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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  • Léon Blum (1872 - 1950) Three times Prime Minister of France

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