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The 1901 Jewish Encyclopedia

Tockels, Mordecai Ben Abraham

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German Talmudist born at Lissa died in Berlin June 12, 1743. As a poor young man he went to Berlin, where he was adopted by a Frau Tockels, whose name he adopted in gratitude for her kindness. Tockels' first wife was the daughter of the chief of the Vienna exiles, Abraham ben Model Ries his second, a daughter of the equally prominent Wolf ben Meshullam Salman. In 1723 Tockels was appointed dayyan and in 1726 he was made assistant rabbi ("rosh bet din") under Chief Rabbi Michael Ḥ asid. In 1729 he was chosen director of the ḥ ebra ḳ addisha, which office he held until his death.

Tockels was the author of "Torat Ḥ ayyim we-Aḥ abat Ḥ esed," which was edited by his brother-in-law Abraham ben Meï r (Berlin, 1750, 1829).

Bibliography : Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 439, s.v. Lisser Landshuth, Toledot Anshe Shem , p. 20.E. C. A. Pe.

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Singer, Isidore, Ph.D, Projector and Managing Editor. Entry for 'Tockels, Mordecai Ben Abraham'. 1901 The Jewish Encyclopedia. 1901.

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