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Eleazar ben Yehudah ben Ḳalonymus of Worms

Eleazar of Worms (אלעזר מוורמייזא) (c. 1176–1238), or Eleazar ben Yehudah ben Ḳalonymus, also sometimes known today as Eleazar Rokeach ("Eleazar the Perfumer" אלעזר רקח) from the title of his Book of the Perfumer (Sefer ha rokeah ספר הרקח)—where the numerical value of "Perfumer" (in Hebrew) is equal to Eleazar—was a leading Talmudist and Ḳabbalist, and the last major member of the Ḥasidei Ashkenaz.


מרת דולצא: אשת־חיל | Dulcea: A Woman of Valor, an elegy by Eleazar of Worms (ca. 1196)

Contributed on: 23 Jul 2022 by Aharon N. Varady (transcription) | Ivan G. Marcus (translation) | Eleazar ben Yehudah ben Ḳalonymus of Worms |

This an an untitled piyyut by Eleazer of Worms, eulogizing his beloved wife Dulcea (Heb: דולצא, also, Dulcia and Dolce). The Hebrew text is derived from the transcription offered by Israel Kamelhar inRabbenu Eleazar mi-Germaiza, ha-Roqeah (Rzeazow, 1930), pp. 17-19. The translation and annotation come from Dr. Ivan G. Marcus from his article, “Mothers, Martyrs, and Moneymakers: Some Jewish Women in Medieval Europe” in Conservative Judaism, vol. 38(3), Spring 1986. . . .

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