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Lewinstein, Joseph ben Abraham Abush


LEWINSTEIN, JOSEPH BEN ABRAHAM ABUSH (b. 1840), Polish rabbi. Born in Lublin, Lewinstein was rabbi in Chorzele from 1860 to 1868, in Zaklikow from 1868 to 1878, and from 1878 in Serock. He engaged in genealogical and biographical studies and published many articles in this field in Ha-Ẓefirah, Ha-Goren, Ha-Eshkol, etc., as well as supplements to the works of other authors (Buber's Anshei Shem; Feinstein's Ir Tehillah; Riedenstein's Ir Gibborim; and Nissenbaum's Le-Korot ha-Yehudim be-Lublin). He also corresponded with numerous Jewish scholars in Eastern and Western Europe. He was the author of Dor Dor ve-Doreshav (Warsaw, 1900), on the anniversaries of the deaths of outstanding Jewish personalities from ancient times to his own. In addition he published two works by his ancestor Abraham Abush b. Ẓevi of Lissa, both of which he entitled Birkat Avraham (Warsaw, 1881 and 1884, respectively). The first consists of novellae to Eruvin, Pesaḥim, Beẓah, Ḥagigah, and Mo'ed Katan and has an appendix by Lewinstein himself; the second is a commentary on Genesis and on Avot.


L. Owtschynski, Naḥalat Avot, 1 (1894), letter Yud, no. 52; B.-Z. Eisenstadt, Dor, Rabbanav ve-Soferav, 1 (1895), 36; L. Lewin, Geschichte der Juden in Lissa (1904), 188; S.N. Gottlieb, Oholei Shem (1912), 365.

[Samuel Abba Horodezky]

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