Yosef Ash <j_ash@...>
Subject: Smalian / Smalyan? Rabbi Yoel of Smalian
In letters >from 1778 until 1817 (all in Hebrew), I have the place nameThere is on the map one better place than Smolensk.
Find on the map the town Orsha (exactly halfway between Mogilev and
Vitebsk). 22 km NW to Orsha you can see the smaller place named Smol'yany. I
think that is what you are looking for.
Shklov, Rabbi Yoel ben Moshe came from, stands S to Orsha, halfway (40 km)
Smolensk is in another country (Russia, not Belarus) and is far away from
Dr. Josef ASH