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The LOEW (a.k.a. LÖEW/LÖEWE/LÖW/LOEB/LIEB/LIV/LIVA/LIWA/LIWAI). The name Liwa, or Loewe in German (lion), has been changed to Loeb during the generations and the family is believed to be from the Babylonian Exilarchs during the era of the geonim and King DAVID (abt. 1048 - 973 BC) see Davidic dynasty and later Rabbi Shlomo YITZHAKI "aka RASHI" (2/22/1040 Troyes, France - 7/13/1105 Troyes.) and his ancestor Yokhanan the Sandlar ( - 140 C.E.) OR Yoseph I of Rome GAON and 15 gen's later Rabbi YAAKOV on Daniel Loeb site. The Loew's came from Worms, Germany and Prussian province Posen/Poznan, Poland. *see also Frumkin chart .pdf or Davidic Dynasty or guestbook on Noda B'Yehuda site re; MaHaral or Brest-Litovsk officiating rabbis; Katz, Liwa, Loew, Löb, Luria, Wahl, Wolf, etc. - the largest and the most important of the 1st 5 Jewish settlements in Lithuania, dating from the 2nd 1/2 of the 14th century, and continued in that leading position till the rise of Wilna in the 17th century
Note: 2006 MaHaral's ancestry under review see: www.davidicdynasty.org, Descendants, Experts say: Saving the MaHaral of Prague .pdf the researcher states "..Rabbi Meir Perels' of Prague error in the date of death of Yehudah Leib the Elder (below) does not necessarily eliminate the possibility that the MaHaral descended from King David, in some way other than through the so-called Yehudah Leib the Elder. Many indicators point to a tradition of descent from Rabbi Yehudah Hanassi, of the House of Hillel, who descended from King David’s son Shefatiah, and not through Hai Gaon who was descended from King Solomon. Unfortunately the names of the MaHaral’s ancestors between his grandfather Chaim of Worms and Rabbi Yehudah Hanassi are not recorded in any known source .."
? R' Bezalel (Hazaken) ben Yehuda
? R' Yehudah LIEB Hazaken Died: 1440 in Worms or 1439 Prague. *New research on the grave in Prague states the year to be 1539 and not 1439, as previously documented by Rabbi Meir Perels. Yehudah was known as: "Liva The Elder of Prague" and was the head of a Yeshiva in Worms. According to some manuscripts, Yehuda Lev Hazaken is the son of Isaac son of Bezalel Hazaken and the death year on Yehudah Lieb/Liva in Prague is actually 1539
Note see wikipedia: "..Samuel adopted the name of his mother-in-law and served as rabbi in the following prominent communities: Chelm, Lublin and Ostrog. Eidels was also active in the Council of Four Lands.." OR MaHaRSHA on Loeb site
Note: JE: "German Talmudist; died at Friedberg on the Shabu'ot festival, 1588. He was the eldest of the four sons of Bezaleel ben Ḥayyim, and spent his youth at Posen, the native city of the family.. He began his literary activity at Worms, where he had gone in 1549; and, apparently, he succeeded his uncle Jacob ben Ḥayyim as rabbi in that city, after Jacob's death in 1563.. He subsequently went as rabbi to Friedberg.." OR Rabbi Chaim Loeb"One of four brothers about whom the great commentator and posek R' Shlomo Luria "Maharshal" wrote: "I have heard about the wise brothers, the lofty, wise and pious one R' Chaim; the lion of Torah R' Laib; and the 2 shining stars R' Sinai and R' Shimshon.. "R' Chaim was a leading sage of his generation, though his legacy is overshadowed by that of his younger brother R' Laib, better known as the MaHaral of Prague. When he is quoted, it is usually by the name "R' Chaim, the brother of MaHaral".. As a young man R' Chaim traveled to study under R' Shalom Shakna of Lublin, one of the leading sages of Poland and the leader of the pilpul school of Torah studies. However, like his fellow student (cousin of Maharshal) R' Moshe Isserles "Rema" (both on 2nd Spira page), R' Chaim apparently rejected the pilpul method. R' Chaim's next teacher was Maharshal, and it was his method of studying halachah that R' Chaim adopted as his own.. R' Chaim was reluctant to leave any written works. He encouraged his students to memorize material and study by heart, thus developing their memories and their analytical abilities. That R' Chaim wrote any books is a testimony to the persistent demands of his students, and even so, he postponed his writing until an epidemic forced him to be quarantined and separated from anyone with whom he could "talk in learning." (This happened in 1569 and again in 1579.)" another article
Note: Samson ben Pesah Ostropoli was a Polish rabbi and a noted kabbalist who martyred at Polonnoye, government of Podolia, in the Cossacks' Uprising. When the Cossacks laid siege to Polonnoye, Samson, with 300 of his followers, arrayed in their shrouds and praying-shawls, went to the synagogue, and stood there praying until the enemy came and butchered them all
Note: any relation to Rabbi Avigdor ben Jicchak (Isaac) Kara, rabbi of Prague, noted poet and kabbalist, and one of the most important names, that Jan Hus was influenced by, in the development of his doctrines. Prague has the oldest Jewish cemetery in Europe, opened from the 15th Century to the late 18th Century. In 1439, Avigdor Kara (the court poet of Wenceslaus, who lived through the pogrom of 1389 to later eulogize about it) was the first person to be buried there. Over the next 400 years, about 200,000 residents of the ghetto in Prague were buried in its confines. Since the cemetery could only hold about 10 percent of that amount, the tombs are situated at 12 different layers. Two of the cemetery’s most famous tombs are Rabbi Jehuda Loew/Loeb (1609) and Mordechai Maisel (1601). Since 1990, the Jewish Museum of Prague has been conserving and restoring the cemetery. Today, about 12,000 tombstones remain AND this article: “The son of Judah's sister was the gaon (religious authority), Avigdor Karo ABD (av bet din, i.e., chief judge), Prague, uncle of Joseph Karo, author of Beit Yosef (Joseph's House) (of which Shulchan Aruch was an abbreviated version), and father of the gaon Judah Karo ABD Glogau, father of the gaon Joseph Karo who was ABD in 20 communities..”
Rabbi Sinai LOEW Born: Abt. 1508 in Poznan, Posen, Poland or Worms, Germany. Died: 1607 in Kolín, Bohemia, Czech age 99 est + Khana "Enokh" (see WESSELS family) Father: Enoch Wessels Mother: Rykl daughter of a doctor? (des arztes) *geni
Sinai had a "yeshivah" in Prague, later becoming a "Chief Rabbi" of Mikulov/Nikolsburg and all of Moravia, CZ. Teacher of Rabbi David Ganz, he was noted for his knowledge of history and teaching. Like his brothers Hayim and Samson, he was a distinguished scholar, however their works are hard to find. Sinai was noted for his knowledge of history and teaching: .."Intrigued by the MaHaral's magical powers, Emperor Rudolf-II requested several meetings with the MaHaral to learn his secrets. On February 16, 1594, his colleague astronomer Tycho Brahe arranged the meeting, on which he was accompanied by his brother Sinai and his son-in-law Isaac Ha-Kohen".. *Senator John Forbes (see Kerry family) "may" also be a descendant of Sinai Loew
Note: rabbi Chaim was av beit din and head of yeshiva in Kolin and Bohemia and everybody called him Rabbi Chaim son of Rabbi Sinai
*The Eskeles Genealogy book omits Rabbi Yehuda Lieb and places his children directly here - see ESKELES family page
Note: Gilbert Hendlisz skips this generation and gives Rabbi Yehuda Lieb as the son of Rabbi Chaim of Konin. Yehuda Leib, known as Leib Hendels, was the son-in-law of a Rav Moshe Israel Hendlish of Cracow. This person had married the daughter of Israel Hendlish of Cracow. Israel Hendlish (1560-1629) had a son, Avram Yehuda Hendlish, known as Rabbi Avram Israel Hendlish. He was a leader of the jewish community of Cracow for more than 50 years and also member of the Council of the Four Lands. Daughter of Avram Israel Hendlish married Rabbi Chaim Mendel Mann and this couple had a daughter who married Rabbi Rafael of Cracow ("preacher, holy teacher and sofer") . Rafael was the son of Moshe Livah, a well known Rabbi of Slonim, Vilna and Brisk, otherwise known by his work "Chelkas Mechokek". Moshe Livah was the son of a Rabbi Isaac Yehuda Livai, surname that is a corruption of Loew, Loeb.
Note: family tree DNA "Todres is a distinguished name throughout Jewish history, but until now we have not been able to trace the descent from the famous medieval and ancient Todres's to those alive today. Just one example is the fact that a Todros family of renowned rabbi's is mentioned in the Talmud. No one knows whether or not all Todres' are related in the remote past. Todres or Todros and many other variations on the spelling are all the same as the name was always Jewish and hence often no vowels" OR any relation to Todros names on Jewish Encyclopedia and ref. to poet or wordsmith Eliezer Todros ( - 1527) of Saloniki(a), Greece OR Benedict/Baruch Todros (living 1580) in Turin and Jaquia Todros (Pô) banking family in Turin and Piémont 1700 OR Rabbi Todros of Kovno /Kaunas, Lithuania mentioned 10/20/1559 OR seforim "..Rabbi Man. Todros Spira sometimes only called Man Todros, was rabbi in Friedberg until ca. 1582.." and jstor Todros Joseph was chief rabbi of Friedberg 1575-1582
Note: google book "Grabsteininschriften des Prager Isr. Alten Friedhofs" Moses Chajim S. Lasar Todros ( - 1709), Abraham son of Israel Todros OR Judaica Bohemiae (JB): "the Todres faction dating from Sep. 7, 1696 bore the name of its founder Moses Hayyim ben Elazar Todres Mezia ( - 1709), son Hirsch and Gabriel (see Elkesch / Eskeles family) were relatives. The successful and wealthy businessman "morenu we-ha-rav-rabenu (mwhr)" R. Hayyim Todres was also rabbi at the Klausen Synagogue and from 1693 onwards at the Pinkas Synagogue" both in Prague OR JB Moses Hayyim Todres who did not have any children after 1700, supported this custom by accepting the office of sandek or mohel at 'anonymous' circumci-sions.. OR Hayyim Moses Todres, Joachim Todres, Joachim Roßtheusch[er] Todros OR Nehemiah Todros "nassi", newly arrived from Spain, and a descendant of Todros Abulaffi Halevi and "struggles for the Prague and particularly for the Land Chief Rabbinate. 312) Ibidem (Memorandum by Israel Bondy in 5/22/1688; Memorandum by M. H. Todros).."
Note: Michael remained in Vienna and his memory was perpetuated by his gift of several valuable curtains to the Old-New School of Prague. Mechl Wiener & Perl ben Chayim?, his father David Chayim Wiener are listed in "Anaf Etz Avoth" (H) by Shmuel Sanvil Kahana, Krakow 1903, page 26 (XXVI) under item 211 (resh, yod, alef) as son son of gaon Chayim m'Worms - source dr. Yehuda Klausner
Note: *google book - see also on Spira, Günzburg pages Grabsteininschriften des Prager Isr. Alten Friedhofs - by Solomon Judah Leib Rapoport; "Aron Schlackenwerth ( - 1694) sohn S. Sinai's welcher Letzterer ein schweigersohn Simon Spira's war, gemeinderepräsentant, ft. 1694. Mirl tochter des vorgennanten Aron Schlackenwerth, enkel des Dr's Simon Spira, gattin des Abraham S. Anschel Günzburg, ft. ende 1714. Simon S. des genannten Abraham Günzburg, einer der honoratioren der gemeinde, ft. 70 jahre alt ende 1778. Seines Vaters Bruder Moses Günzburg unternahm aus Frömmigkeit eine Reise nach Palästina. starb jedoch auf dem Wege in Sidon."
Note: Judaica Bohemiae .. On January 28, 1698, a decree concerning new elections was issued, ordering that the functions of governors be divided according to the aforementioned instructions. With the exception of the one appointed neutral governor, the others were to be elected. The electors were obliged to elect four candidates from each of the two permitted parties. The elections were held in mid-March (before March 17). While Samuel Taussig Sachsel who kept his title of primas, 340) Selig Libochowitz, Aaron Katz Reiterles and Lazar Michael Wien were elected on behalf of the Sachsel party, Wolf Wedeles, Löbl ben Gerschom Karpeles, Seckel Aaron Raudnitz and Aber Schnürdreher were elected on behalf of the Bondy-Todres party. The Bohemian Chamber appointed Feit Fanta 341) as the ninth, neutral governor. Usually, Fanta voted with Samuel Taussig. It is worth noting that the prominent secular function was re-assumed by Rabbi Wolf Wedeles, a man who was the true Land Rabbi for one-half of Bohemia and pretender to the post of Chief Rabbi of Prague!..
Note: same as? in Hugo Gold Moravia Triesch =Třešť history: 1/24/1757.. The undersigned therefore saw their children shortened, the police ignored, so the reputation of the community was damaged. They asked the couple to abolish. ..Falk Marcus, Löbl Marcus..
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