Reina, Joseph della
- (fl. 15th cent)Palestinian kabbalist. According to tradition, he attempted to hasten the coming of redemption by breaking the power of the angel Samael, but his failure postponed the event. According to one legend he failed because he took pity on Samael. Another tradition holds that he was too preoccupied with the mystical combination of divine names to carry out the instruction to slay Samael.
Dictionary of Jewish Biography. Dan Cohn-Sherbok.
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