Wednesday 18 October 2017


GAVRIEL MILLER (October 3, 1936-October 6, 1906)
            He was born in Hadas, Hungary.  He studied in his father’s yeshiva.  From 1960 until his death, he was rabbinical judge in Mattersdorf and gained a reputation as a brilliant scholar.  He authored religious texts in Hebrew-Aramaic and stylized Yiddish, among them: Sefer birkat hamitsvot (Blessing of the commandments) (Vienna, 1871), 69 pp., with Judeo-German explanation; Otsar agadot (Treasury of homiletical writings), four volumes, compiled in alphabetical order from the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds (Presburg, 1877-1901), 780 pp.; Sefer shiure mitsvot (Lessons from the commandments), in Hebrew-Aramaic and Judeo-German (Presburg, 1880), 36 pp.; Maagle tsedek (Straight paths), “a work of morality with ethical wisdom to lead a virtuous life according to Torah,” first edition (Paks, 1882), second edition (1886).  He died in Mattersdorf.

Sources: Zalmen Reyzen, Leksikon, vol. 2, with a bibliography; Y. Y. Grinvald, Peere ḥakhmat medinotenu (Greatness of the wisdom of our states) (Sighet, 1912); P. Z. Hacohen Shvarts, Shem hagedolim beerets hagar (Fame of the greats in a strange land) (Paks, 1913), p. 44; N. Ben-Menaḥem, Misifrut yisrael beungariya (From the Jewish literature of Hungary) (Jerusalem, 1958), see index; Avraham Shtern, Melitse esh (Flickers of fire) (Vranov, 1938); Bet eked sefarim.
Khayim Leyb Fuks

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