LEKHNO, DAVID (d. 1735), scholar living in the Crimean community of karasubazar (Belogorsk). His family name indicates his Polish origin. A leader of the Karasubazar community, Lekhno was also respected by the Karaites of Crimea. His extant works include an introduction to Maḥzor Minhag Kafa, which contains information on the way of life of Crimean Jewry; Mishkan David, on Hebrew grammar; and Devar Sefatayim, a history of the kingdoms of the Tatar khans in Crimea (the first chapters were published by Y.D. Markon in Devir, 2 (1924, 243–7). -BIBLIOGRAPHY: A.A. Harkavy, Altjuedische Denkmaeler in der Krim (1876), 230–2. (Yehuda Slutsky)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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  • CRIMEA — (Rus. Krym or Krim) (Heb. קְרִים), peninsula of South European Russia, on the Black Sea; from 1954 until 1991 an oblast of Ukrainian S.S.R. and from 1992 a repub lic of Ukraine. Late Antiquity and Early Middle Ages Jews first settled in the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

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