- the branch of rabbinical literature comprised of authoritative replies in letter form made by noted rabbis or Jewish scholars to questions sent to them concerning Jewish law.
Origin of Responsa
1895–1900; < New Latin; plural of responsum
- the reply of a noted rabbi or Jewish scholar as rendered in the Responsa.
Origin of responsum
1895–1900; < New Latin, Latin respōnsum a reply; see response
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Second, brief compilations of precepts, like the works of Hefez ben Yazliah and the responsa of some geonim.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
Their replies to these inquiries, or "Responsa" (Shaaloth u-Teshuboth), have been gathered in special collections.
The responsa prudentum, the opinions of learned men, published as such, did undoubtedly originate an immense portion of Roman law.
- the plural of responsum
- that part of rabbinic literature concerned with written rulings in answer to questions
- Judaism a written answer from a rabbinic authority to a question submitted
Latin, literally: reply, response
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