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Saul Lowenstam (1717 – 19 June 1790) was a renowned Dutch rabbi and talmudist.

Saul Lowenstam was born in 1717 in Rzeszów to his parents Aryeh Leib ben Saul[1][2] (who was the rabbi in Rzeszów at the time) and Miriam the daughter of the Chacham Tzvi. He married Hendele, the daughter Abraham Kahana, who was rabbi of Grodno[citation needed], Ukraine. His first rabbinical position was in Lokachi, Ukraine (located in the Lokachi Raion and named Lakacz in Yiddish), followed by Dubno, where he succeeded his father-in-law.[2]

After the death of his father in 1755, Lowenstam succeeded him as the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam, Netherlands.[1][3] Lowenstam died in Amsterdam on 19 June 1790.[1][2] He was succeeded as Chief Rabbi by his son, Jacob Moses Lowenstam.[1][2]


Lowenstam was the author of the Binyan Ariel[2][4] published in Amsterdam 1778. He also authored a Torah Commentary HeChatzer HaChadasha published in Amsterdam in 1768.[2] A pamphlet titled Halacha Lema'aseh Rav published in Amsterdam in 1828 contains his 1783 halachic ruling asserting the kashrut of Dutch cheese.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Samuel Israel Mulder (1851). Iets over de Begraafplaatsen der Nederlandsch-Israëlitische Gemeente te Amsterdam, en bijzonder over die te Muiderberg, met eene opgave van twintig grafschriften. Amsterdam, Netherlands: van Embden & Co. p. Avnai Zikaron Section, No. 6, pp 12. OCLC 47167332.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Deutsch, Gotthard; E. Slijper. "LÖWENSTAMM, SAUL". Jewish Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 September 2010.
  3. ^ Bleich, J. David (1989). Contemporary Halakhic Problems; Volume 16. KTAV Publishing House. pp. 63–4. ISBN 978-0-88125-315-3.
  4. ^ Rosenstein, Neil (1990). The Unbroken Chain: Biographical Sketches and the Genealogy of Illustrious Jewish Families from the 15th-20th Century, Volume 2. CIS Publishers. p. 822. ISBN 978-0-9610578-4-8.
  5. ^ Saul Lowenstam (1828). Halacha Lema'aseh Rav הלכה למעשה רב. Amsterdam, Netherlands: David son of Jacob Proops. OCLC 644884598.

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