Moses Dov Ber Margolis (1816 - d.)

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Nicknames: "Mowsza Ber Kalwaryjski", "Moshe"
Death: Died in Warsaw, Poland
Managed by: Hatte Blejer
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About Moses Dov Ber Margolis

(Dr. Neil Rosenstein, The Margolis Family 1984 p. 30):

Moses Dov Ber was named after his father's grandfather. Little is known about him except that he left Przerosl and was living in Warsaw during the last quarter of the nineteenth century. He was the author of "Masah Midbar Yam", published in Warsaw in 1878. His scholarship is attested to by the approbation given by Rabbi Samuel Zanwill Kleppisch, Warsaw's Chief Dayan (judge) for forty years, to this book. He wrote "... in his hands is a wonderful book ... a Rabbi whom I recognize as a splendid preacher, practising what he preaches ... who labored hard and found pearls (= margolis in Hebrew) and added some of his own ideas (= turquoise) to satiate a thirsty soul ... therefore I support him with my hands ..."

Rabbi Margolis explains the reason for his book: "... where the rabbie should have elaborated to clarify matters for others, they left open a place for such a work ... and I am attempting to open a door locked with a key and bar ..." After much apologizing, he concludes with the hope that "I have fulfilled my obligation."

He further gives an explanation for the title he chose for the book, based on Isiah, Ch. 21,1, "... to be a memorial to the name of my father, the sainted Rabbi, Judah Margolis of blessed memory, who was taken from us, leaving behind his family..." The Hebrew letters MiDBaR stand for Moses Dov Ber Ben Reb, and the YaM for Yehudah Margolis.

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