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2015-05-18

Will Abraham Gombiner’s monument be erected in Gąbin - his home town?

Polish scholars and lawyers have undertaken attempts at funding the monument to Abraham Gombiner. Abraham Gombiner was one of the most outstanding experts on Jewish religious law in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Last week, the appeal in this case was forwarded to the Mazovian Province authorities. The letter on behalf of the Department of Religion Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw was signed by Prof. Paweł Borecki.

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Abraham Gombiner (source: Gombin: dos lebn un umkum fun a yidish shtetl in poyln, New York 1969)   

Abraham Abele Halevi Gombiner was born in 1634, in Gąbin near Płock. He spent the greater part of his adult life in Kalisz. He went down in history as a philosopher and expert on Jewish religion law, author of commentaries on Shulchan Aruch published posthumously in the book Magen Avraham (hebr: The Shield of Avraham).

Representatives of the Department of Religion Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw would like to erect a memorial stone in Gąbin, with an appropriate plaque unveiled in a prominent spot, for instance at the main road leading to Płock, which would commemorate also the Jews of Gąbin who once constituted almost half of the town’s population for many years.

Author: Krzysztof Bielawski
Source: information materials of the Department of Religion Law of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Warsaw.

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