Bohemian rabbi; born at Prague about 1762; died there May 6, 1838. After having finished his studies in that city, he devoted his time to Talmudics without holding a rabbinical position. About 1810 he was called to Kaladei as district rabbi of Budweis, and in 1834 he succeeded Samuel Landau as "Oberjurist" (acting chief rabbi) of Prague, a position which he held until his death. While a Talmudist of the old school and rigorously Orthodox, he was tolerant in his views and favored secular education. He was the author of: "'Olat Shemuel," responsa on Shulḥan 'Aruk, Oraḥ Ḥayyim, of which the first part only, containing 112 responsa, has been published (Prague, 1823); "Pe'ullat Emet," halakic essays in two parts (ib. 1828-29); "Ahabat Emet," homilies and essays (ib. 1829).

  • Fürst, Bibl. Jud. ii. 180;
  • Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 2433;
  • Allg. Zeit. des Jud. 1838, No. 67.
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