ABRAHAM BEN MAZHIR (first half of the 12th century), head of the Damascus yeshivah. Abraham, the son of a prominent Damascus Jew, married into the family of Gaon Solomon ha-Kohen b. Elijah, founder of the Damascus yeshivah, a continuation of the Palestinian yeshivah. When Solomon ha-Kohen's son Maẓli'aḥ settled in Fostat, Abraham became the head of the yeshivah, and served in this capacity during the 1130s and 1140s. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Mann, Egypt, 1 (1920), 224 ff.; Mann, Texts, 1 (1931), 250 ff. (Eliyahu Ashtor)

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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