Saul Katzenellenbogen (Katzenellenpogen), of Polosk & Vilno (1770 - 1825)

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Birthplace: Brest-Litovsk
Death: Died in Vilna
Occupation: rabbi of Polozk and Vilno
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About Saul Katzenellenbogen (Katzenellenpogen), of Polosk & Vilno

Russian rabbi; born at Brest-Litovsk about 1770; died at Wilna Jan. 12, 1825. He was one of the four sons of Rabbi Joseph b. Abraham Katzenellenbogen of Brest-Litovsk. After living for some time in Polotzk, he went to Wilna, and became a disciple of R. Elijah Gaon and one of the assistant rabbis of Wilna.

He was also a prominent communal leader, and the stories which are still related about him, especially in connection with the gaon, by the older inhabitants of Wilna bear testimony to his great popularity, which is made evident also by the two special works about him that appeared after his death; "Ebel Kabed," by the poet A. B. Lebensohn (Wilna-Grodno, 1825), and "Gib'at Sha'ul," by a relative, Hirsch Katzenellenbogen (ib. 1825). R. Saul was a man of ascetic habits and ruined his health by much fasting. He is the author of annotations on the Babylonian Talmud, which appeared in the first Wilna edition and were republished in most of the subsequent editions. He wrote also several approbations of the works of others. Some of his novellæ appeared in Hirsch Katzenellenbogen's "Netibot 'Olam" (Wilna, 1822, 1858).

-------------------- Russian rabbi; born at Brest-Litovsk about 1770; died at Wilna Jan. 12, 1825. He was one of the four sons of Rabbi Joseph b. Abraham Katzenellenbogen of Brest-Litovsk. After living for some time in Polotzk, he went to Wilna, and became a disciple of R. Elijah Gaon and one of the assistant rabbis of Wilna.

He was also a prominent communal leader, and the stories which are still related about him, especially in connection with the gaon, by the older inhabitants of Wilna bear testimony to his great popularity, which is made evident also by the two special works about him that appeared after his death; "Ebel Kabed," by the poet A. B. Lebensohn (Wilna-Grodno, 1825), and "Gib'at Sha'ul," by a relative, Hirsch Katzenellenbogen (ib. 1825). R. Saul was a man of ascetic habits and ruined his health by much fasting. He is the author of annotations on the Babylonian Talmud, which appeared in the first Wilna edition and were republished in most of the subsequent editions. He wrote also several approbations of the works of others. Some of his novellæ appeared in Hirsch Katzenellenbogen's "Netibot 'Olam" (Wilna, 1822, 1858).

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