Muenz, Eleazar (Lazar) ben Aryeh Leib

views updated


MUENZ, ELEAZAR (Lazar ) BEN ARYEH LEIB (1837–1921), rabbi and preacher in Poland and Germany. Muenz was a grandson of Eleazar *Loew, the author of Shemen Roke'aḥ. He was appointed to the rabbinate of Oswiecim (Auschwitz) near Cracow before 1867. In 1875 he was appointed to the rabbinate of Kempen (Kepna) district of Posen, where he remained until after 1905. From there he moved to Wuerzburg and subsequently to Nuremberg. At the end of World War i he was living in Ansbach, where he died. He was the author of Get Mesuddar (1932), on the law of names in bills of divorce. Among his other works, written in German, are Die modernen Anklagen gegen das Judentum als falsch nachgewiesen (1882); Religioese Zeitfragen (1887, 19092), a collection of his homilies; Torat Nashim (Ger., 1905), on the laws of family purity, frequently reprinted; and Rabbi Eleasar, genannt Schemen Rokeach (1895), a detailed biography of his grandfather.


E. Muenz, Get Mesuddar (1932), introd.