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  6/25/2012, Tammuz 5, 5772

Slovakia to Mint Chatam Sopher Coin


The national bank of Slovakia has decided to mint a special coin to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Rabbi Moshe Sopher, also known as the Chatam Sopher. At the age of 41, the Frankfurt native was appointed the Rabbi of Pressburg - now the Slovakian capital Bratislava - the largest and most important community in Hungary. He established a yeshiva which drew as many as 500 students at a time from all over the world.

The Chatam Sopher's son and grandson continued in his path and the family became the backbone of Hungarian Orthodox Jewish leadership during the crisis of the Haskalah enlightenment period in eastern Europe. To this day, the family has influenced and been reflected by most of the sages of Hungarian Jewry in the last 200 years.