JAKOV ben Asher( codifier commentator of the Bible and Jewish law)
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Biography JAKOV ben Asher
(ca. 1269 - ca. 1340)
Born in Germany (possibly in Cologne), the son of the famous Jewish scholar from Germany, Rabbi Asher. In 1303 he moved to Spain. Died in Toledo OK. 1340.
His main work Arba Turim (four series), a set of Talmudic laws, consists of four sections: Orach Hayim (Lifestyles) Even Ezer (Stone of aid), Yore Dea (instruct in knowledge), Hoshen Mishpat (Breastplate of the court). The code, covering all aspects of Jewish life (Saturday, holidays, marriage and divorce, food taboos, civil and criminal law), retains the authority for both the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews for. Later, he was complemented by the followers of Jacob ben Asher, and formed the basis for the Shulchan Aruch, the main body of the laws of Orthodox Judaism