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The Mishneh Lemelech on Hilchot Chametz Umatzah 1:7 (in the Frankel edition, 2nd line from top of second column) quotes a certain Maharalnach and his 18th responsa. I took this as a typo for the Maharalbach - and sure enough - at the 18th responsa of the Maharalbach was the relevant topic (חצי שעור). However, the Sefer Halikutim also records it as the Maharalnach.
This became a bit more complicated when I looked up a different version and saw that it said the 51st responsa. I'm really confused, as I cannot find reference to this Maharalnach in the "גדולי ישראל" book, which is a comprehensive list of all Rabbonim up until the modern era.

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The MaharalNach and MaharalBach are the same person. Rabbi Levi ibn Chaviv. If you state the Arabic version of 'son of' it's ibn, abbreviated as a single Nun, hence the N'Ch(aviv). If you write the Hebrew version of 'son of' it's ben, hence the B'Ch(aviv).

Here's his wiki entry http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levi_ibn_Habib

  • Facepalm. I still have to figure out the 18 vs 51 issue, though. – shman613 Mar 11 '15 at 1:24
  • @shman613 we all get one once in a while:) we'll have to see about the 18 51 thing... – user6591 Mar 11 '15 at 1:35

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