Isaac Luria genealogy #general


Peter Cohen
 

Is anyone aware of credible trees regarding the ancestry or descendants of Isaac Luria (1534 - 1572)?  I have seen multiple trees that have him as the son of Solomon Luria, the Maharshal (1510 - 1573 or 74).  That seems unlikely. Biographies of Isaac Luria say his father died when Isaac was a child and Solomon Luria died after Isaac died. In addition, Isaac was born, lived and died in Jerusalem, Safed and Egypt, and Solomon was born and died in Poland.

I ask because I recently found a picture of the 1887 gravestone in Vilna of a relative (Zlata Hinda Luria Rotkovitz) that says she is descended from Isaac Luria.  I don't know if any of Isaac Luria's descendants ever lived in Eastern Europe.

Peter Cohen
California


David Shapiro
 

A number of families in Lithuania claimed descent from R. Isaac Luria, the Ari. Over 40 years ago I discussed this with early genealogist Shmuel Gorr, and he told me that he was able to trace one of these families (that of Rabbi Moshe Meshel Luria of Krakenova) back to the Maharshal, with no direct connection to the Ari. Of course there has been much conjecture of the relationship between the Ari and the Maharshal, but I am not aware of any clear answer on that.

David Shapiro
Jerusalem


Adam Cherson
 

From what I can see in the data I have gathered from various sources, Isaac Luria, the Ari WAS NOT the son of Solomon Luria, the Maharshal  I can suggest a research strategy that may shed some light on your quest, at least so far as your family's connection to the Maharshal.

According to some work done by various researchers (https://www.academia.edu/38296562/Y-DNA_Research_Studies_of_Rabbinical_Lineages_and_Their_Importance_to_Jewish_Genealogy) the Marshal's ydna signature is E-FT81835 (a sub-branch of E-M35). If you have the luxury of being able to obtain, through modern cousins, a ydna signature for the father of Zlata Hinda (Luria) Rotkovitz, then you could see if the two ydna signatures match.

Whether or not the Vilna Lurias are related to the Jerusalem Lurias is going to be difficult to prove since I do not see in my data any known, modern descendants of the Jerusalem family.
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Adam Cherson