Adler, Shalom ben Menahem

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ADLER, SHALOM BEN MENAHEM (1847–1899), rabbi and author. Adler was educated in the home of his uncle R. Hillel *Lichtenstein. In 1869 Adler was appointed rabbi of Szerednye (now Sered, Slovakia), a position he occupied for 30 years until his death. His Rav Shalom, published posthumously by his son-in-law Elijah Sternhell (1902), is distinguished for its inspiring homilies and beautiful style. His unpublished works include novellae on the Talmud and responsa. His three sons were all rabbis: Menahem Judah, his successor; Phinehas, the rabbi of Radvancz; and Joab, the rabbi of Tapoly-Hanusfalva, who was born in 1880 and killed by the Nazis.


P.Z. Schwartz, Shem ha-Gedolim me-Ereẓ Hagar, 2 (1913), 36a; A. Stern, Meliẓei Esh, 3 (1962); Kislev, 16, no. 42; B. Eisenstadt, Dor, Rabbanav ve-Soferav, 6 (1965), 10; O.Z. Rand and A.M. Grynblatt, Toledot Anshei Shem, 1 (1950), 1.

[Naphtali Ben-Menahem]