Seligman Baer Bamberger

Seligman Baer (Isaac Dov) Bamberger (born Wiesenbronn, near Kitzingen, Bavaria, 6 November 1807; died Würzburg 13 October 1878) was a Talmudist and a leader of Orthodox Judaism in Germany. Between 1840 and his death he served as rabbi of Würzburg, and is therefore often referred to by his position as the Würzburger Rav. He commenced his yeshiva studies in Fürth at the age of fifteen, under Rabbis Wolf Hamburger and Judah Leib Halberstadt. Five years later he received semicha (rabbinic ordination), but did not enter the rabbinate, choosing instead to open a general business store in Kitzingen. He married two years later, to the daughter of Rabbi Seckel Wormser of Fulda. The store was not successful (possibly because Bamberger preferred to spend as much time as possible studying Talmud). In 1838 he represented the Orthodox camp at a conference instigated by the Bavarian government at which several reform-minded notables had hoped to bring about changes in the organisation of the Jewish communities. As a result of his success at this conference he was invited to succeed Rabbi Abraham Bing as rabbi of Würzburg. In Würzburg he rapidly opened a yeshiva.

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Date of birth
November 6th, 1807
Date of death
October 13th, 1878 at age of 70
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