Life

(Literature and the Ancient World, Critical Edition)

Practically nothing is known for certain about Yose ben Yose’s (yoh-say behn YOH-say) life other than the presumption that he had been an orphan. Scholars hold varying opinions as to the dating of his life, ranging from early fourth century to as late as the seventh century. He is well known for his composition of prayer-poems (piyyutim) for use in the liturgy of the synagogue. These prayer-poems were inserted at certain points in the synagogue prayers as an embellishment, sometimes corresponding to appropriate readings from the Torah and Mishnah.