Rabinowitz and Lichtenstein
Some interesting events in Budapest occurred a century ago in October of 1891 [writes Kai Kjaer-Hansen].
One of the people involved was Joseph ben David Rabinowitz, the then well-known Russian Hebrew Christian from Kishinev in Bessarabia who in 1885-86 had formed a congregation called “Israelites of the New Covenant.” The other key person was Rabbi Isaak Lichtenstein (not to be confused with Yehiel Lichtenstein, Rabinowitz’s brother-in-law who taught at the Institutum Judaicum in Leipzig). Rabbi Isaak Lichtenstein worked in Hungary and was also a well known Jewish Christian. A third key person was Rabinowitz’s wife, who, together with their daughter Rachel, had come with Rabinowitz to Budapest on a three-day stay.
- Rabbi Rabinowitz
On 5 October 1891 a message sent from Budapest set the telegraph ticking in Kishinev, Bessarabia. The telegram had only two words: “Mama gerettet” (“Mother saved). The sender was Joseph Rabinowitz. The…
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