Join Rabbi David Sedley as he explores the life and writings of Yaakov ben Asher, the Ba’al ha-Turim. He was also known as Rabbi Yaakov ben Raash or Rabbeinu Asher. He lived in the late 13th century and among his two greatest writings are the monumental halachic work, Arba’ah Turim, and his commentary on the Torah.
Baal HaTurim: Jacob ben Asher — Baal Haturim
In this class we learn about Rabbi Jacob ben Asher, the son of the Rosh, who wrote a major halakhic compendium — “Arba Turim” (The Four Columns) as well as two commentaries on the Torah, known as Ba’al Haturim.
He was born in Germany, but travelled widely and died in Spain. He never accepted any money for his rabbinic roles and lived his life in poverty.
Rabbi David Sedley lives in Jerusalem with his wife and six children. He was born and raised in New Zealand before making Aliya in 1992. He left Israel temporarily (for eight years) to serve as a communal Rabbi in Scotland and England and returned to Israel in 2004. He has translated Rabbeinu Yonah's commentary on Pirkei Avos and is the co-author of Sefiros: Spiritual Refinement Through Counting the Omer (both Judaica Press). Over the years Rabbi Sedley has worked as a journalist, a translator, a video director and in online reputation management. He also writes a weekly Torah blog on the Times of Israel - https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/author/david-sedley.