Bedersi, Jedaiah (Jedaiah ha-Penini)

(c.1270-c.1340)
   French philosopher and poet. He lived in Perpignan and Barcelona. His Examination of the World is an ethical work stressing the worthlessness of the world and indicating the way to attain eternal happiness. Among his poems is the prayer Eleph Alaphim, each word of which begins with the letter aleph. His Apologetic Letter addressed to Solomon ben Adret vindicates philosophical studies.

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