R. Bezalel ben Abraham Ashkenazi (c. 1520–1592) was born to a distinguished Ashkenazi family. Nevertheless, he is considered a Sephardic rabbi, as his life was spent in a Sephardic environment. Born in Erez Israel, R. Ashkenazi went to Egypt when about twenty. He was a student of R. David ben Solomon ibn Abi Zimra (Radvaz, 1479–1573), whom he succeeded as Chief Rabbi of Egyptian Jewry. R. Ashkenazi’s students included R. Isaac Luria (ha-Ari), R. Solomon Adeni, and R. Abraham Monson. R. Ashkenazi copyied and editing old manuscripts, even hiring scribes to help him. He copied the novellae of the geonim and rishonim on the Babylonian Talmud, and these served as the basis for his classic Asefat Zekenim, better known as the Shitah Mekubbezet. Through this collection, much of the commentaries and responsa of R. Gershom b. Judah, R. Hananel, R. Joseph ibn Migash, R. Meir ha-Levi Abulafia, and others, was preserved.
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