Meisels, Dov Berush


Meisels, Dov Berush
(1798-1870)
   Polish rabbi and patriot. He settled in Krakow, where he opened a bank, and was later elected rabbi of the city; rabbi Saul Landa and his followers did not, however, recognize this election and established their own bet din. Opposed to the Haskalah, Meisels played a major role in the life of the Krakow Jewish community. In 1846 he was elected to the senate of the Krakow Republic and two years later to the Austrian parliament. In 1856 he became chief rabbi of Warsaw. He participated in the events leading to the Polish rebellion of 1863. His writings include a commentary on Maimonides' Sepher ha-Mitzvot.

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