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Aharon ben Eliyahu - Account of his Life



Known as Aharon the younger, Aharon ben Eliyahu was born in Nicomedia, which is today Izmid, in Asia Minor. He died when he was very young, in 1369, at Constantinople. Aharon is best known for his composition of three major works: Eitz Chayyim (the philosophy of religion), Gan Eiden (law) and Keter Torah (commentary on the Torah). Aharon was well learned in Karaism and Rabbanism, like his predecessors. He often quotes in his works from eminent Rabbanite commentators, as well as the Mishneh and Talmud. Little else is known about his life.