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ethical will

A document providing ethical and religious instruction to progeny by a parent. The practice is known among Ashkenazic Jews at least from the eleventh century. Probably the best-known East European example is the sixteenth-century work Yesh Noḥalin by Avraham Horowitz. It was glossed by his sons, Ya‘akov and Yesha‘yah, and his grandson, Shabetai.