Re: Deep ancestry of the Maharal

E. Randol Schoenberg

Yes. That is exactly what we are doing. Curators can now lock the profiles to prevent the addition of erroneous profiles. I am trying to clean up at least the top of the Maharal tree, based on recent scholarship, especially A. Putik and D. Polakovic (2009) 'Judah Loew ben Bezalel, Called Maharal. A study on his genealogy and biography', in P. Demetz (ed) Path of Life. Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel ca. 1525*1609, Academia, Prague, pp29-83. You can follow the discussions at and

Apparently there are about 250,000 people descended from the Maharal on Geni. (I am just one of them.) Geni works like a giant jigsaw puzzle where we all collaborate and work together on the same tree. There are about 200 volunteer curators, like me, who can help resolve disputes and lock down profiles. The system works very well.

Randy Schoenberg

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