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Biografia Recanati, Menahem ben Benjamin


«Italian rabbi; flourished at the close of the thirteenth century and in the early part of the fourteenth. He was the only Italian of his time who devoted the chief part of his writings to the Cabala. He wrote: (1) ‘Perush ‘Al ha-Torah’ (Venice, 1523), a work full of mystical deductions and meanings based upon a textual interpretation of the Bible; it describes many visions and celestial revelations claimed to have been experienced by the author, who was blinded by cabalistic ideas, and expresses the highest respect for all cabalistical authors, even the most recent apocryphal ones. The work was translated into Latin by Pico di Mirandola, and was republished with a commentary by Mordecai Jaffe, at Lublin in 1595. (2) ‘Perush ha-Tefillot’ and (3) ‘Ta‘ame ha-Mizwot,’ published together (Constantinople, 1543-1544; Basel, 1581). Like the preceding work, these are strongly tinctured with German mysticism. Recanati frequently quotes Judah he-Hasid of Regensburg, Eleazar of Worms, and their disciples, and alludes also to the Spanish cabalists, Nahmanides among them. He is rarely original, quoting almost always other authorities. Although Recanati had a high reputation for sanctity, he exercised less influence on his contemporaries than upon posterity. To assist him in his cabalistic researches, he studied logic and philosophy; and he endeavors to support the cabala by philosophical arguments. (4) ‘Poske Hilkot,’ Bologna, 1538» (sezione Menahem ben Benjamin Recanati della voce Recanati – curata da Isidore Singer e Umberto Cassuto – della Jewish Encyclopedia, http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/view.jsp?artid=151&letter=R&search=Menachem%20Recanati#400).

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Perush ‘al ha-Torah: b‘al derekh ha-emet