Famous Rabbis from Hungary

List of notable or famous rabbis from Hungary, with bios and photos, including the top rabbis born in Hungary and even some popular rabbis who immigrated to Hungary. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Hungarian rabbis then this list is the perfect resource for you. These rabbis are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known rabbi from Hungary is included when available.

This list has a variety of people, like Joel Teitelbaum and Yehuda Amital, in it.

This historic rabbis from Hungary list can help answer the questions "Who are some Hungarian rabbis of note?" and "Who are the most famous rabbis from Hungary?" These prominent rabbis of Hungary may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Hungarian rabbis.

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  • Akiva Eger
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    Akiva Eger

    Rabbi Akiva Eger (also spelled as Akiva Eiger), or Akiva Güns, Yiddish: עקיבא אייגער‎, (1761 – 1837) was an outstanding Talmudic scholar, influential halakhic decisor and foremost leader of European Jewry during the early 19th century. He was also a mohel.
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1761-1837)
    • Birthplace: Eisenstadt, Austria
  • Chaim Michael Dov Weissmandl
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    Michael Dov Weissmandl (25 October 1903 – 29 November 1957) was an Orthodox rabbi who became known for his efforts to save the Jews of Slovakia from extermination at the hands of the Nazis during the Holocaust. He was one of the leaders of the Bratislava Working Group, an underground organization that attempted to save Slovak Jews and other European Jews from deportation to death camps. Largely by bribing diplomats, Weissmandl was able to smuggle letters or telegrams to people he hoped would help save the Jews of Europe, alerting them to the progressive Nazi destruction of European Jewry. He managed to send letters to Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, and he entrusted a diplomat to deliver a letter to the Vatican for Pope Pius XII. He originated the proposal to bomb the rails leading to Auschwitz, but his along with subsequent suggestions from others was ultimately not implemented. He and his Working Group helped distribute the Auschwitz Protocols to Switzerland and many other Countries, This triggered large-scale demonstrations in Switzerland, sermons in Swiss churches about the tragic plight of Jews and a Swiss press campaign of about 400 headlines protesting the atrocities against Jews. The events in Switzerland and possibly other considerations led to threats of retribution against Hungary's Regent Miklós Horthy by President Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and others. This was one of the main factors which convinced Horthy to stop the Hungarian death camp transports.
    • Age: Dec. at 54 (1903-1957)
    • Birthplace: Debrecen, Hungary
  • Isaac Klein was a prominent rabbi and halakhic authority within Conservative Judaism.
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1905-1979)
    • Birthplace: Hungary
  • Joel Teitelbaum
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    Joel Teitelbaum (Hebrew: יואל טייטלבוים‎, Ashkenazi pronunciation: IPA: [jɔjl̩ teɪtɛlbɔjm]; 13 January 1887 – 19 August 1979) was the founder and first Grand Rebbe of the Satmar dynasty. A major figure in the postwar renaissance of Hasidism, he espoused a strictly conservative and isolationist line, rejecting modernity. Teitelbaum was a fierce opponent of Zionism, which he decried as inherently heretical. His role as a Jewish community leader in Transylvania during the Holocaust remains controversial.
    • Age: Dec. at 92 (1887-1979)
    • Birthplace: Sighetu Marmației, Romania
  • Joseph Hertz
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    Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz, CH was a Jewish Hungarian-born rabbi and Bible scholar. He is most notable for holding the position of Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom from 1913 until his death in 1946, in a period encompassing both world wars and the Holocaust.
    • Age: Dec. at 73 (1872-1946)
  • Moshe Shmuel Glasner
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    Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Glasner (1856–1924), a Hungarian Talmudic scholar and communal leader, served as chief rabbi of Klausenburg (Kolozsvár in Hungarian, Cluj in Romanian) from 1877 to 1923. In 1923 he left Klausenburg for Jerusalem where he resided until his death in 1924. He is best known as the author of Dor Revi'i, a classic commentary on the tractate Hullin, and as a supporter of Zionism and a founder of Mizrachi. His father was Rabbi Avraham Glasner (1825–1877), who preceded him as chief rabbi of Klausenburg, and was his only teacher. His mother, Raizl (née Ehrenfeld), was the oldest granddaughter of the Chatam Sofer.
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1856-1924)