Shapiro, Saul ben Dov

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SHAPIRO, SAUL BEN DOV (1797–1859), Lithuanian rabbi. Shapiro was brought up in Krakinov by his uncle R. Moses Luria until 1811, after which he went to study in Ponevezh. Eventually he became a teacher under Isaac ha-Levi, the rabbi of Ponovezh, succeeding him in 1839. In 1853 he was appointed rabbi in Seduva, where he died.

Of his many novellae on the Talmud, Midrash Rabbah, Sifrei, Yalkut Shimoni, and Maimonides, and his responsa, sermons, and eulogies, only one book has been published: Ḥemdat Sha'ul, responsa on the Shulḥan Arukh, Oraḥ Ḥayyim and Yoreh De'ah, which was published by his son Moses (1903). However, his novellae are included in Moses b. Uriah Rappoport's commentary Toledot Moshe (1889), and also as an appendix to Moses Rappoport's Imrei Moshe on Megillat Esther (1889).


Yahadut Lita, 3 (1967), 102.

[Anthony Lincoln Lavine]