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Jona Elijahu Bunzel (Landsofer), Landsofer, Landschreiber

Also Known As: "ben Eliyahu "land-sofer""
Death: October 09, 1712 (33-34)
Prague, Czechia (Czech Republic)
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Son of Eliyahu Elia Bunzel, Landsofer, Landschreiber and Gietle Bumsla
Husband of Schlawa Bunzel
Father of Zelman Bunzel and Mendel Mändl Landsofer Landschreiber
Brother of Rabbi Leib ben Eliyahu Bunzel Sofer; Rabbi Bezalel ben Eliyahu Bumsla; Betzalel Bumsla; Leb Bumsla; Gershon Bumsla and 1 other

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About Jona Elijahu Bunzel, Landsofer, Landschreiber

"Die Grabschriften des alten Judenfriedhof in Wien" - Dr. Bernhard Wachstein, Band I pg. 404

Scholar, scribe and author living in Prague.Opponent of the followers of Shabbetai Zwi. His piety reflected in his ethical will:

Let each of you pray to God for a contrite and understanding heart, from which ill-will and envy shall be far.

Every day a different form of words must be used, lest by familiarity these prayers lose their spontaneity. The real end of these prayers is not the petitions they contain, but the act of petition, the act of praying with genuine emotion. This is true service, this the true recognition of the sovereignty of Him to whom prayer is addressed, and to whom belongs the power of answering. In other words, prayer is an aspiration for that purity of heart which shall inspire the service of God in love and reverence. Nor will God withhold this happiness from him who seeks it without intermission.

Jonah ben Elijah Landsofer (1678 – 9 October 1712) was a Bohemian rabbi and Talmudist. He made a special study of the Masorah and was well versed in the regulations concerning the writing of scrolls of the Law, whence his name "Landsofer." He studied also secular science and Kabbalah, and as a kabbalist he, with Moses Ḥasid, was sent by Abraham Broda to Vienna to engage in a disputation with the Shabbethaians. He died in Prague in 1712.

Though he died young, Landsofer wrote several important works: "Ẓawwa'ah," ethics, printed in Asher b. Jehiel's "Orḥot Ḥayyim" (Frankfurt am Main, 1717); "Me'il Ẓedaḳah," responsa, at the end of which are notes on Euclid (written in 1710, and published by his grandson Yom-Ṭob Landsofer, Prague, 1757); "Bene Yonah," novellæ on the Masorah and the regulations concerning the writing of scrolls of the Law (ib. 1802); "Kanfe Yonah," novellæ on Shulḥan 'Aruk, Yoreh De'ah (to § 111; ib. 1812). His pupil Elijah b. Azriel quotes, in the preface to his "Miktab le-Eliyahu," a work of Landsofer entitled "Me'ore Or," on corrections for scrolls of the Law.

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