From: Leslie Reich
Subject: Shaul Benjamin
Sent: 12 Feb '02
Varda Epstein recently inquired:
"..........tell me who is Shaul Benjamin in
relationship to the building of the Churva Synagogue. "
I'm not quite sure if the answer is for this list, but Shaul Benjamin
was a rather controversial Rav in 19th C. Jerusalem. He arrived there
around 1857, and fell out with the Ashkenazi establishment and was
involved in a competitive attempt to acquire the Hurva site in the
early 1860s. If I remember rightly, he (or one of his party) promoted
a lottery for this purpose
There is much about him in memoirs of the period. A listing of
printed pamphlets attacking him and supporting him can be found in
Shoshana Halevi's excellent bibliography "Sifrei Yerushlaim
Horishonim" printed by Mechon Ben Zvi in 1978 (see Nos. 92 to 96).
There is also material in Frumkin's Toldos Chachmei Yerushlaim, part
3, page 272. Both these works should be available easily in Israeli
Leslie Reich, Manchester
From: Dov & Varda <yknow@...>
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2002 08:41:55 +0200
Will someone who has a good background in the history of the Old
Yishuv, please contact me and tell me who is Shaul Benjamin in
relationship to the building of the Churva Synagogue.