Yomtov ben Isaac of Joigny

(d. 1190)
   Liturgical poet, of Spanish origin. He settled in York in c. 1180. He wrote commentaries on the Bible and engaged in anti-Christian polemics. He composed an elegy on the Blois martyrs of 1171 and the hymn Omnam Ken for the eve of the Day of Atonement. According to tradition, he inspired the heroic mass suicide of the Jews of York in 1190.

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  • Yomtov ben-Isaac of Joigny — (d. 1190)    Scholar and poet. Yomtov was a pupil of Jacob TAM and became an author of biblical commentaries and liturgical poems, one of which is still sung on the eve of the Day of Atonement. He settled about 1180 in York, known as a centre of… …   Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament

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