YOYSEF DOKTOROVITSH (b. 1874)
He was born in Smorgon (Smarhon’), Lithuania, son of R. Yankev Doktorovitsh. He studied in a number of yeshivas. From 1904 he was living in the United States, where he was a teacher in yeshivas. He erected a model of the Second Temple—entitled “Takhnit bet-hamigdash” (Plan of the Second Temple)—which he exhibited in Pittsburg, Baltimore, and New York. The display later burned down, and he went on to build a model of the First Temple. He was the author of a religious text, Midot habatim al masekhet midot (The measurements of the Temples, on [Talmudic] tractate Midot), which describes the appearance of the Temple, both the first and the second; it was printed together with his work in Yiddish, Der beysamigdesh (The Temple), a precise description of the Temple with all its gates and rooms. The two books together: (Brooklyn, New York, 1936), 115 pp.
Source: Ben-Tsiyon Ayzenshadt, Dorot haaḥaronim (Generation of the later ones), vol. 2 (New York, 1913-1914), pp. 52-53.
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