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Today, 345 years ago, in the year 1675, R’ Model Ries from Vienna passed away in Berlin.
Rabbi Mordechai Model Ries was a member of the famous Öttingen family. He was Rav in the community of Schnaittach [a market town in Middle Franconia, Germany]. Thereafter he was Dayan in Vienna. At the infamous expulsion from Vienne in 1670, he established the Jewish kehillah in Berlin, where a great part of the Vienna community settled. R’ Model was also active there, in acquiring grounds for a Jewish burial site.
R’ Model was a paraplegic. The local Kürfürst expressed himself about R’ Model, “Would he have had working legs, as is his mind, one wouldn’t find a person like him in the whole country!”
Source: LeToledos HeKehilos BePolin, page 77
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