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Moses Margolies

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Moses Margolies or Moshe ben Shimon Margalit (ca. 1710 in Kėdainiai, Lithuania – 1780 in Brody, Ukraine) was a rabbi and a commentator on the Jerusalem Talmud. He is best known as the author of a dual commentary on the Jerusalem Talmud, which is printed in the standard Vilna and Szatmár editions of the text. His general glosses he called by the name of Pnei Moshe (the face of Moses) and its purpose is to make the often choppy text of the Jerusalem Talmud easier to read. His second commentary, which he called Mareh Panim (showing of face), is meant to take up more complex legal issues and often surveys the Babylonian Talmud and the corpus of post-Talmudic law and commentary as well. This format of two commentaries, simple and complex, was meant to mimic the Rashi and Tosafot commentaries on the Babylonian Talmud. This style became popular among commentators on the Jerusalem Talmud and was mimicked by Rabbis David Fränkel and Jacob David Wilovsky, among others.  ( Wikipedia article )

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