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Rabbi Moses ben Israel Naphtaly Hirsch Porges

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
Death: 1670 (66-74)
Jerusalem, Israel
Immediate Family:

Son of Rabbi Israel Naphtali Hirsch Zvi Hirsh Porges and Cipora Porges
Father of Rabbi Salomon Porges and Benjamin Porges
Brother of Rabbi Gutman Porges(Porit); Rabbi Abraham Porges; Sejla Bondi and Placeholder Porges

Occupation: Chairman of the congregation, Rabbi of the Prague Pinkas Synagogue
Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Rabbi Moses ben Israel Naphtaly Hirsch Porges

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JewishEncyclopedia: Rabbinical author; lived at Jerusalem at the beginning of the 17th century. He was the author of "Darke Ẓiyyon" (Amsterdam, 1650), written, in Judæo-German, after he had removed to Prague. The work is in four parts and is illustrated. Part 1 deals with the return to Palestine; part 2 with prayer; part 3 with teaching; and part 4 with the commemoration of the dead

Rabbi and emissary of the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem. Nicknamed "Prager". Chmielnicki massacres of 1648-49, the contributions from Poland ceased, and the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem was overwhelmed with debt, Porges was sent as their emissary to Germany. During this mission he published, in Prague, Frankfurt and Amsterdam (1650), a small illustrated work "Darkhei Ziyyon" in judeo-german designed to arouse sympathy and obtain support for the Jewish community in Erez Israel.


Moses ben Israel Naphtaly Hirsch Porges

(b. ca 1600 Prague, d. 1670 Jerusalem)

(der Gemeindevorsteher und Rabbiner der Pinkas synagogue in Prag war und später nach Jerusalem auswanderte)

Rabbi in Prague at the Pinkus Synagogue>

Rabbi and emissary of the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem. Nicknamed "Prager".

Born in Prague, he was a relative of Isaiah ha-Levi Horowitz, whom he followed to Erez Israel, settling in Jerusalem, where he became a scribe.

When, after the Chmielnicki massacres of 1648-49, the contributions from Poland ceased, and the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem was overwhelmed with debt, Porges was sent as their emissary to Germany.

During this mission he published, in Prague, Frankfurt and Amsterdam (1650), a small illustrated work "Darkhei Ziyyon" in judeo-german (see below) designed to arouse sympathy and obtain support for the Jewish community in Erez Israel.

"Darkhei Ziyyon" :

One of the best examples of this type of literature, the work is divided into 4 sections : the virtue of living in Erez Israel, prayer, study, memorial prayers.

The first section "Schaar biath haarez" is a kind of guide book for new immigrants to Israel, in which Moses draws upon his personal experiences and advises them on what to take for the journey, the easiest routes, how to conduct themselves on the way and the like. In this section he also gives practical details on prices and currency, describes the food available in Erez Israel, recounts in detail how much is needed for living, rent, and taxes, and lists customs of dress and conduct in everyday life.

In the second section "Schaar Hatephilia", he describes in detail the liturgical customs of Jerusalem,

in the third section "Schaar halimmud", the methods of study there, including various details about the holy places,

and in the fourth "Schaar hazkarath", customs then practised in Jerusalem, among them those of reciting memorial prayers for the departed and of obtaining contributions from generous individuals outside of Erez Israel, in whose honour lights were kindled in the synagogues on Sabbaths and festivals and for whom blessings were invoked.

The book was directed to the masses, and therefore was written in the language they knew best - Yiddish.

It succeeded admirably in its aim of presenting an attractive picture of Israel. "Darkhei Ziyyon" has only been published once and is very rare.

Bibliography :

A. Yaari, Masot Erez Israel (1946), 267-304,770f.;

Yaari, Sheluhei, 275-6;

Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col 1827;

Fürst, bibl Jud. ii 398;

Wolf, Bibl. Hebr. iii, 764;

Benjacob, Ozar ha-Sefarim, p. 121, N° 518;

Lunez, Jerusalem, iii., N° 44.

Sources : Encyclopaedia Judaïca , The Jewish Encyclopaedia

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Rabbi Moses ben Israel Naphtaly Hirsch Porges's Timeline

1600
1600
Prague, Bohemia, Czech Republic
1625
1625
Age 25
1670
1670
Age 70
Jerusalem, Israel
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