Yitzhak HaLevi ben Mordechai Raitzes

Yitzhak HaLevi ben Mordechai Raitzes (circa 1730 Lviv– June 14, 1799 Kraków) was a Polish rabbi.

Biographical information

Yitzhak HaLevi was born circa 1730 [ [http://www.archiwum.krakow.pl The State Archive in Kraków /Archiwum Państwowe w Krakowie] : "1790 Kraków Census", House: 53, Family: 1] in Lviv to Mordechai Halevi Raitzes the Rosh Mesivta in Lviv, who was the son of Yehoshua (Joshua) Raitzes (Reizes) who was martyred in Lviv on 13 May, 1728 [cite book
last = Marcus
first = Jacob Rader
authorlink = Jacob Rader Marcus
title = The Jew in the Medieval World: A Source Book, 315-1791
location= Detroit, MI
publisher = Wayne State University Press
year = 1999
pages =202 - 203
chapter = 36
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isbn = 087820217X
] [cite journal
author = Bałaban, Majer
authorlink = Meir Balaban
date = January 14, 1921
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title = Auto da Fe w Lwowie w r. 1728 (Auto da Fe in Lviv in 1728)
journal = Chwila
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publisher = Chwila
location = Lviv, Ukraine
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] . He married Sara Leah Lowenstamm, the daughter of Aryeh Leib ben Saul the Rabbi of Amsterdam, and the granddaughter of Tzvi Ashkenazi, the Chacham Tzvi. Halevi's first rabbinical position was Av Bais Din of Leshnevcite book
author =Salomon Buber
title = Anshe Shem asher Shimshu Be'ir Lviv mi-1500-1890
year = 1895
pages = 121-122
publisher = S Buber
location = Kraków, Poland
oclc=61506167
] cite book
author =Haim Nathan Dembitzer
title =Klilat Yofi
year = 1888-1893
pages = Vol. I, 132b, 135a and Vol II, page 79a
publisher = Y. Fisher
location=Kraków, Poland
oclc=122773481
] a small town in the Brodivskyi Raion, Lviv Oblast in the Ukraine. From 1769 to 1778 he was the Av Bais Din of Chełm. In 1778 (or 1776cite book
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first = Majer
authorlink = Meir Balaban
title = Toldot Hayehudim bi-Krakov uve-Kaz'imyez', 1304-1868
location= Jerusalem, Israel
publisher = The Hebrew University Magnes Press
year = 2002
pages =808, 915
chapter = 34
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isbn = 9789654930840
] ) he became the Rabbi of Kraków, a position that he held till death on 14 June, 1799.

Descendants

One of his sons Mordechai Halevi was the Rabbi of Tykocin, while his other son Tzvi Hersch David Levin held the post as the Rabbi of Szczebrzeszyn before moving to Kraków to help his father in the rabbinate of Kraków. From 1799 to 1816 he held the post of acting Rabbi of Kraków, and became the Rabbi of Kraków in 1816 (the Rabbi appointed in 1800 stayed in his position for a week before leaving for Warsaw, thus leaving Kraków without an official Rabbi until 1816), a position held till his death on 18 December 1831 [ [http://www.archiwum.krakow.pl The State Archive in Kraków /Archiwum Państwowe w Krakowie] : "Jewish Civil Registry of Kraków", 1831, death(Akt)#422] .

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