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Brodi, Abraham

Abraham Brodi held office as chief rabbi in Frankfurt from 1714 to 1717, and was the first after the destructive fire of 1711. Although called to this position by the community as early as 1712, he did not assume his office until 1714. Like many earlier chief rabbis of Frankfurt, he came from Prague. There he had been the principal of the yeshiva. Prior to his arrival in Frankfurt, he had been a rabbi in Metz.
His extensive teaching activities brought him a reputation as an important scholar. For some time almost all the young Jewish scholars in Germany were his students. His main work was a commentary on several passages of the Talmud, which appeared under the title "Eshel Abraham" ("The Tree of Abraham"), and was printed in Frankfurt in 1747.
His ruling of 18 July 1715, under which the dress and celebrations of community members was to be kept plain and modest, became famous. A member of the community leadership had the ruling printed and distributed throughout the community. The community was subsequently accused of encroaching on the jurisdiction of the city, as the Frankfurt city council established the dress code.
When the city organised a celebration on 24 May 1716 to honour the newlyborn Archduke Leopold of Austria, the Jewish community celebrated with a procession to the synagogue, where the rabbis Abraham Brodi and Samuel Schotten delivered the blessing.
In the Spring of 1717 Abraham Brodi died and was buried by the the Gate of Honour at the southwest entrance to the cemetery in the Battonstrasse.

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