Lost and Found : A Fragment of a Lost Source of Rabbi Bezalel Ashkenazi’s Shiṭṭah Mequbbeẓet

Abstract This short paper studies a single folio of a 17th century Hebrew/Aramaic manuscript found in a bookbinding. It suggests that this manuscript contained one of the lost sources used by Rabbi Bezalel Ashkenazi in his Shiṭṭah Mequbbeẓet on b. Bava Metzia. Rabbi Bezalel ben Abraham Ashkenazi (henceforth: RBA; c. 1520-1591/4), the teacher of Rabbi Isaac Luria, is probably best known as the compiler of Shiṭṭah Mequbbeẓet (henceforth:...