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Bible Encyclopedias

The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Belle-Assez

A daughter of Solomon ben Isaac, called "Rashi" (1040-1105,) and wife of R. Eliezer. Belle-Assez (not "Bellejeune," "Belle," "Schön," see Jacob Tam, "Sefer ha-Yashar," ed. N. Rosenthal, p. 44, note), like the other daughters of Rashi, was very well versed in Hebrew and rabbinical literature. It was at one time thought that Belle-Assez or at least one of Rashi's daughters) used to take down his responsa on juridical questions (Grätz, "Geschichte," 6:82), but Zunz showed that this was due to a misreading of the original text which referred only to Rashi's grandson ("Zur Geschichte," pp. 172, 567). From a responsum of her nephew Jacob Tam (c.) it is learned that she was unhappy in her married life, and that she obtained a divorce from R. Eliezer.

Bibliography:
  • Grätz, Gesch. der Juden, 6:82;
  • Kayserling, Die Jüdischen Frauen, p. 116.
L. G.
I. Br.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Belle-Assez'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tje/b/belle-assez.html. 1901.

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