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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Egra, Meshullam Ben Samson

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Austrian rabbi born in Galicia 1733 died at Presburg Sept. 21, 1785. Egra's father was of Buczacz, Galicia, but Meshullam Egra was at Brody as a boy of nine. At about that age he delivered a casuistic homily in the large synagogue of Brody, and had a discussion with its rabbi, Isaac Hurwitz, whose son-in-law he became. He was a contemporary of Sender Margoliouth, with whom he discussed ritual laws, and the master of Jacob Lissa, author of "Derek ha-Ḥ ayyim." Egra was at first rabbi of Tusmenetz, becoming rabbi of Presburg in 1775. He wrote "She' elot u-Teshubot RaMA" (the last word of the title being an abbreviation of "R. Meshullam Egra"), responsa, Czernowitz, 1862 and an unpublished work on Maimonides.

Bibliography : Walden, Shem ha-Gedolim he-Ḥ adash , 1:105.K. M. Sel.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Egra, Meshullam Ben Samson'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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