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Rabbi Salomon Zalman Breuer

Hebrew: הרב שלמה זלמן ברויאר
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Szántó Kovács János St, Csongrád, Csongrád County, Hungary
Death: July 17, 1926 (76)
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Mordechai Breuer and Sarah Breuer
Husband of Sophie Tzipporah Breuer (Hirsch)
Father of Simon Breuer; Rabbi Dr. Raphael Breuer; Rabbi Dr. Joseph Breuer; Isaac Breuer; Moses Breuer and 3 others

Occupation: Rabbi of IRG Frankfurt
Managed by: דוד דיאמנט
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About Rabbi Salomon Zalman Breuer


The Breuer family traces their roots to Mattersdorf, Austria.


Solomon Breuer

Shlomo Zalman (Solomon) Breuer (Pilisvörösvár, Hungary 1850-Frankfurt 1926) was a Hungarian-born German Rabbi, initially in Pápa, Hungary and from the early 1890s in Frankfurt as a successor of his father-in-law Samson Raphael Hirsch.

Born into a family of German-speaking merchants, he studied with his maternal grandfather rabbi Simon Wiener. At the age of twelve at the yeshiva of Nitra, but returned to study with his grandfather until he could enroll in the Pressburg Yeshiva, then headed by Rabbi Samuel Benjamin Sofer (the Ksav Sofer). He then proceeded to university studies and eventual doctorate in Mainz, where he became acquainted with rabbi Marcus Lehmann, one of the leaders of German Orthodoxy.

He married Sophie, youngest daughter of rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch of Frankfurt, in 1876, and soon after accepted the rabbinate of Pápa in Hungary. His father-in-law died in December 1888, and Breuer succeeded him as the rabbi of the Frankfurt Austrittsgemeinde (secessioned community) in 1890. I n Frankfurt he participated in the Freie Vereinigung, a national organisation of Orthodox communities, and created its rabbinical representative body, the Verband der orthodoxen Rabbiner Deutschlands (Union of Orthodox rabbis in Germany). He would later also be one of the founding members of Agudas Yisroel, and was a strong opponent of political Zionism; he viewed participation in the Zionist movement as an implicit approval of the idea that a Jewish state can replace Jewish religious identity.

As part of his duties in Frankfurt was Jewish education, and he opened a yeshiva, the Torah Lehranstalt, in 1893, which he modeled after the yeshivot he had attended in Hungary.

Little of Breuer's work remains in writing. Collected sermons were published in English under the title Chochmo u'Mussar in three volumes between 1972 and 1977 by his grandson Jacob Breuer,[2] and some of his responsa appeared in the Hebrew volume Divrei Yosef, which mainly contained the work of his son Joseph.

He had eight children. Simon died in childhood. Raphael Breuer was rabbi in Aschaffenburg, Joseph Breuer taught at the Torah Lehranstalt and recreated the Frankfurt community in 1940's New York, Isaac Breuer was an ideologue of Agudat Yisrael, Moses Breuer was a linguist, Samson Breuer a mathematician and actuary, and Joshua Breuer a pediatrician. His daughter Hannah Breuer married Edmund Meyer, a lawyer in Cologne.


Rabbi Solomon Breuer, Leader of German Orthodoxy, Dies

July 21, 1926

Berlin (Jul. 20)

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Rabbi Solomon Breuer, one of the veteran leaders of Jewish orthodoxy in Germany, died in Frankfurt yesterday at the age of 76.

Dr. Breuer was the son-in-law of Dr. Samson Raphael Hirsch, contemporary of Abraham Geiger, and the outstanding champion of Orthodoxy in Germany in its fight against the Reform movement during the last century. With the publication of his works, “Nineteen Letters on Judaism,” and the “Horeb,” he laid the foundation for modern Orthodoxy.

Dr. Solomon Breuer was born in Patsch Hungary. He studied at Wurtzburg, Germany. He was a rabbi in Hungary when he was called to succeed his father-in-law in Frankfurt forty-five years ago. He was rabbi of the Religionsgesellschaft of Frankfurt and was the father of Dr. Isaac Breuer, leader of the Agudath Israel.

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Rabbi Salomon Zalman Breuer's Timeline

June 27, 1850
Csongrád, Csongrád County, Hungary
Age 27
Pápa, Veszprem, Hungary
February 11, 1881
Age 30
Pápa, Veszprem, Hungary
March 23, 1882
Age 31
Pápa, Veszprem, Hungary
September 19, 1883
Age 33
Pápa, Veszprem, Hungary
Age 34
Pápa, Veszprem, Hungary
Age 37
Pápa, Veszprem, Hungary
April 22, 1891
Age 40
Frankfurt am Main, Hessen-Nassau, Preussen
September 15, 1892
Age 42
Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Hessen, Germany