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Margolioth/Margulies rabbinic family from Galicia #galicia #rabbinic


Dan Rottenberg
 

I’ve been trying for years to connect my Margulies relatives from Zbaraz, Galicia (now Ukraine) to the rabbinic Margolioth dynasty, also of Galicia..
Two of my Margulies relatives told me years ago that the family was descended from rabbis. Also, R. Meir Wunder of Jerusalem, the authority on Galician rabbinical genealogies, once told me himself that everyone from eastern Galicia named Margolioth/Margulies is related. Thanks to Gesher Galicia's database, now I think I see a possible connection.
The house in Zbarazh (#131) where my Margulies relatives lived for several generations housed among others a Joseph Margulies, who died in Zbarazh in 1828 at the age of 70. On that basis, as well as naming patterns in subsequent generations, I have concluded that this Joseph Margulies was my great-great-great-great-great-grandfather.
Now I have reason to speculate that this Joseph Margulies may be identical to someone on the Margolioth rabbinic tree: Yosef b’Alexander Sender Margaliot.
Yosef's father Alexander Sender Margolioth (1730-1802) is known to have served at some point as rabbi in Zbaraz, having succeeded his father in law Zvi Hirsch (surname unknown); and Alexander’s son Mordecai Margolioth (1752-1818) was also at some point rabbi of Zbaraz. So the Margaliot dynasty did have a presence in Zbaraz in the 18th Century, about the time that my Joseph Margulies (1758-1928) was born.
Here’s my question: Can anyone tell me more about Yosef b’Alexander Sender Margolioth? 
(Yosef's name does not appear in Neil Rosenstein’s The Unbroken Chain. But it does appear on a chart provided to me in 2005 by Dr. Yehuda Klausner of Jerusalem. It also appears on a tree chart by Randy Schoenberg on geni.com)
Thanks to anyone who can provide help or insight you can provide. This could be a big breakthrough for me.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA
dan@...


David Shapiro
 

In R. Wonder's book "Elef Margolios", chapter 3 p. 34 he lists Rav Yosef Yoska Margolios av beis din Zbarazh, and writes that he signed beis din documents in Czortkov between 5566-5572 (1806-1812).

David Shapiro
Jerusalem


Dan Rottenberg
 

David,
This is encouraging news. I consider R. Meir Wunder the ultimate authority on Galician rabbis, especially the Margolioth line But I don't read Hebrew well enough to trust my reading of his text. So thanks for this valuable evidence that Yosef Margolioth may have been in Zbarazh at some point.
My question: Is this Yosef Yoska Margolioth the son of Alexander Sender Margolioth (1730-1802). If not, does Wunder identify Yosef's father or any other relatives?
Many thanks.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia
dan@...


Yohanan
 

Re surname MARGULIS / MARGALIOT, I wonder if any of the researchers encountered change of name to PERLMUTTER?
My grandmother maiden name was Perlmutter, from Bukowina / Galicia,  and her cousin once told me that it originated from MARGULIS.
We have no family legend about being connected to a Rabbinic dynasty though.

Yohanan Loeffler
Melbourne Australia


David Shapiro
 

R. Wunder does not give any other information on R. Yosef Yoska, neither in Elef Margolios nor in Meorei Galicia (where he gives the same information). In M.G in the entry on R. Alexander Sender he mentions that his son R. Yosef was rov of Zmygrod (after his brother . Yehudah Aryeh Leibish), but makes no connection to Zbaraz. Apparently he had not further information to identify R. Yosef Yoska. It would be interesting to know his source for the Czortkov documents.

David Shapiro
Jerusalem


Dan Rottenberg
 

The only connection  I can think of between Perlmutter and Margolioth is this: The name Margolioth/Margulies comes from the Hebrew word margalith, which comes from the Greek word for pearl. Several scholarly books says the name indicates descent from a woman named Pearl or some variation. Indeed, the Margolioth rabbinic dynasty is traced back to a 15th-century couple named Moses and Margala Marmonda. Their son, Jacob Margolioth of Nuremberg (1420?-1492?), was the first to bear the Margolioth surname. Presumably he took it as a tribute to his mother, Margala, who might also have been known as Pearl.
Dan Rottenberg
Philadelphia PA USA


Marion Bank
 

I don't know if this is helpful but there is a rabbinic family tree that can be found at JewishEncyclopedia.com and goes back to Posen in the 1500's. It does not go beyond the mid 1800's.
In my mother's family tree I have Rabbi Samuel Hirsch Margulis (1858-1922). He was chief Rabbi in Florence, Italy, and there is a lot of information about him. My mother actually met him on a number of occasions in Berlin, where she lived.
I would be interested in finding out if there is any relationship between him and the people that you are researching. Apparently the name of Rabbi Samuel's ancestors was spelled Margolioth, but I have no names other than his wife, Recha Rosenthal Margulies, my mother's aunt.
Marion Bank
Corte Madera, CA
mbank15@...


Jill Whitehead
 

There is a famous Rev Moses Margoliouth who was born in Suwalki in NE Poland and came to Britain in 1837. He was an academic who converted to Christianity but in 1845 he gave a series of six lectures on the history of the Jews of England  at my father's old school in Liverpool. Most of his academic life seemed to be centred on Judaism and he spoke many languages. He ended up in Dublin, but he also had a famous nephew who was an academic at Oxford University who specialised in arabic topics. 

Jill Whitehead, Surrey, UK