Yitzhak Isaac Halevy Rabinowitz
Yitzhak Isaac Halevy (Rabinowitz) (
September 21, 1847– May 15, 1914) ( Hebrew: יצחק אייזיק הלוי) was a rabbi, Jewish historian, and founder of the Agudath Israelorganization. Relatively little of his correspondence survived the Holocaust, and so information concerning his activities is scarce. A somewhat hagiographical treatment based on discovered correspondence of Isaac Halevy is to be found in Harvtxt|Reichel|1969, and this forms the basis for the present article.
Isaac Halevy was born in
Ivenec(Iwieniec in Polish), Minsk Voblast(now in Belarus), near Vilnainto a rabbinical family. He was a grandson of Mordechai Eliezer Kovno. After his father was killed by soldiers, he was raised by his paternal grandfather. At 13, he entered the Volozhin yeshiva, where he was recognized as a talmudicprodigy. He held a number of communal positions in his early adulthood, including gabbaiof the aforementioned Volozhin Yeshiva.
Halevy was influential in having R.
Haim Soloveichikappointed to head the yeshiva, and he hosted the latter in his own house for months at a time. Although Halevy is best known for his classic work "Dorot Harishonim", rebutting many of the mainstream historical accounts of Jewish history, he was also most influential behind the scenes in uniting the leading rabbis of the West and of the East in forming the Agudath Israel world movement, as described by Reichel.
Isaac Halevy died in
Hamburgin 1914 from a heart attacksuffered three weeks earlier.
Isaac Halevy's major work was the "Dorot Harishonim" or "Dorot Harischonim" (דורות הראשונים: דברי הימים לבני ישראל), a six-volume religiously-oriented review of Jewish history, covering the span from the end of the
Mishnaicperiod to the end of the geonicperiod.
*cite book |last=Reichel |first=O. Asher | title =Isaac Halevy (1847–1914): Spokesman and Historian of Jewish Tradition | year =1969 | publisher =Yeshiva University Press | location=
New York, NY| oclc=13867
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