Baal HaMaor

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Rav Zerachyah HaLevi was born in 1135 in Gerona, Spain and passed away in 1186 in Lunel, Provence. His work ''Sefer HaMaor'' was written when he was only nineteen years old, and contained his criticisms of the ''Sefer HaHalachot'' of Rif. He prefaced this work with comments justifying his ability to criticize Rif despite his young age. This work was heavily attacked, most notably by Ramban in his ''Milchamot Hashem'' ("The Wars of The Lord") and by Raavad.