Lask, Elazar Cohn of
Goldes, Feiga
Lask, Yechiel Michel Kohn of
Lask, Reyla Kohen CATZ Ha Cohen of
Leipziger, Wolf Michel Cohn
(Abt 1775-1826)


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1. Cohn, Sora Ruchel

Leipziger, Wolf Michel Cohn

  • Born: Abt 1775, Krakow, Poland
  • Marriage (1): Cohn, Sora Ruchel
  • Died: Jun 29, 1826, Warsaw, Warszawa, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland about age 51

  General Notes:

Sora Rochel [Sura Ruchla] nee Cohn was a daughter of Fiszel Moskowic z Cohn and his wife Golda, daughter of Josek. She was born circa 178 4 (although her age varies on records) and she died on July 31, 1850 [ 22 Av 5610]. She is buried in the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery (sector 9, r ow 2, number 38). This date of her death is on her tombstone and is a lso given in Etz Avot, written by Yeshoshua Cohn, her grandson (son o f her son Rabbi Eleazar Cohn). After her husband's death she continue d the family business and acted herself as a merchant and money change r.

She was married to Wolf Michel Cohn (a.k.a. Leipziger) born circa 1775 , Krakow; died June 29, 1826, Warsaw (This date of death is from his d eath record, which was reported on June 30, 1826. According to his to mbstone - as described in the cemetery database - he died on June 30 , 1826). He is buried i the Warsaw Jewish Cemetery (sector 1, row 11 , number 44). On his tombstone his name is geven as Zeev Wolf Katz, s on of Michel Ha-Cohen. He is, in fact, buried nest to his father Yech iel michel Cohn (sector 1, row 11, number 45) who died six years afte r him. Yechiel Michel Cohn died on December 28, 1831 [24 Tevet 5592] . The information on this tombstone is illgeible but it does have th e two hands symbol of the kohanim. We know from another source that W olf Michel Cohn's father is buried next to him.

Wolf Michel Cohn (Leipziger) was born in Krakow. In his death recor d it staes that he was a native of Warsaw, but this appears to be a mi stake. In the birth record of his daughter Estera (born 1825), whic h he reported himself in person, he stated that he was born in Krakow . Another source, the book Geza Yishai, also gives his place of birt h as Krakow.

Wolf Michel Cohn (Leipziger) came from a rabbinic family. His father , Yechiel Michel, was a son of Rabbi Eleazar HaCohen of Lask, who wa s a son of Yechiel Michel, who was a son of Rabbi Eleazar Mochiach o f Lask. They are believed to be descendants of the martyr Rabbi Yechi el Michel ben Eliezer of Nemirov who was killed during the Chmielnick i revolt and persecutions in 1648. They are also related to the famil y of Rabbi Shabbetai ben Meir HaCohen (the Shach) but not descended di rectly from him.

Wolf Michel Cohn's grandfather, Rabbi Eleazar, was a brother of Rabb i Samuel HaCohen of Lask, and Rabbi Abraham HaCohen of Lask. The latt er was very ascetic and was regarded as a saint in his lifetime. He a lso collected funds in Europe for the Jews of the Holy Land, making Am sterdam his home base. He died in prison in Jerusalem, agter sufferin g floggings by the Turkish authorities. He wrote several Kabbalisti c works.

Wolf Michel Cohn was a very wealthy man and well known in the Jewish c ommunity of 19th century Warsaw. He was also known as Wolf (Velvele ) Leipziger, because he used to travel to the fairs in Leipzig. He wa s a silk merchant, a banker, and operator of a currency exchange house . He was a member of the Dozor Bozniczy [Synagogue Inspection Committ ee] which functioned as the governing body of the Jewish Community i n Warsaw. He was part of a delegation of Jews which met with Napoleo n in Warsaw in 1811. He was also a member fo a three man delegation w hich met with Tsar Alexander I after the defeat of Napoleon, in orde r to gain civic rights for the Jews.

Sora Rochel nee Cohn and Wolf Michel Cohn (Leipziger) were perhaps rel ated to each other, but this is not known and cannot be verified fro m any sources or documents.

Wolf Michel Cohn (Leipziger) and Sora Rochel [Sura Ruchla] had 14 chil dren at the time of Wolf's death. Their names are all given in his de ath record. the boys' names are given first followed by the girls' na mes. The boys all appear to be in order of age beginning with the eld est girl.

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From another source: He is also known as Wolf Leipziger because he us ed to travel to the fairs in Leipzig. He was a wealthy silk merchant , banker, and owner of a currency exchange house. He was also a membe r of the Dozor Bozniczy [Synagogue Inspection Committee] which functio ned as the governing body of the Jewish community in Warsaw. He was o ne of a group of Jews who met Napoleon in 1811. He was a member o f a three-man delegation which met with Tsar Alexander the First afte r the defeat of Napoleon in order to secure civic rights for the Jews.

Wolf married Sora Ruchel Cohn, daughter of Fiszel Moskowicz Cohn and Golda [maiden name unknown]. (Sora Ruchel Cohn was born about 1784 and died on Jul 31, 1850.)

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