Nimukei Yosef

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  1. Rav Yosef ibn Chaviva, in his Sefer Nimukei Yosef, presents Chiddushim mostly from the Ritva, whom he endears,[1] but he also draws heavily from the Ran, Rambam, and Rashba.[2]
  2. Despite some Acharonim referring to the commentary on the side of the Rif on Masechtot Bava Kamma, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra, Makkot, and Moed Kattan as the Ran, they are in fact the Nimukei Yosef.[3]
  3. Characteristically, the Nimukei Yosef often begins his comments with the words "אמר המחבר," which aids in ruling him out as an author of Sefarim of the Rishonim that do not.[4]
  4. The commentary to the Rif's Halachot Ketanot is actually that of Rabbeinu Yehonatan miLunelle, not the Nimukei Yosef.[5]


  1. Shem HaGedolim (Sefarim, Nun 31)
  2. Yad Malachi (Klalei She'ar Mechabrim 2), Matnat Yado fn. 3, Shem HaGedolim (Gedolim, Yud 128)
  3. Yad Malachi (Klalei HaRan 12), Shem HaGedolim (Gedolim, Yud 128) though the Beit Yosef also writes this way in Choshen Mishpat, perhaps one could argue he knew it was by the Nimukei Yosef but continued to call it the Ran, as that was what common people thought, similar to his attitude towards Shu"t HaRamban HaMeyuchasot that are really the Rashba
  4. See Mossad HaRav Kook edition introduction to the Ritva on Pesachim.
  5. Oz veHadar Introuction to the Rif