Abraham Samuel Benjamin Sofer
Oldest son of the Chasam
Sofer and Sorel, daughter of Rabbi Akiva Eger, he was known as the Ksav
Sofer. After the Chasam
Sofers death in 1839, the Ksav Sofer succeeded him as Rabbi and as head
of the important Yeshiva in Pressburg, at the unusually young age of 24.
Following n the footsteps of his illustrious father, the Ksav Sofer
was a distinguished scholar as well as a strong and influential communal
In 1868 a Jewish Congress was
convened in Budapest to chart the course of Jewish communal autonomy in
Hungary. The long smoldering
conflict between the Orthodox and the Neologists (The Hungarian Reformers)
climaxed in the formation of a separate Orthodox Community.
The Ksav Sofer was the dominant Orthodox figure during this critical
The Pressburger Yeshiva was
the single most important yeshiva in Hungary and produced rabbis as well as
knowledgeable laymen up till the second world war.
The battle to preserve authentic Judaism against the forces clamoring
for radical change was successfully fought by the Ksav Sofer. The Ksav Sofer served as Rabbi of Pressburg for thirty three
years, the exact number of years his father had served before him.
His main works are the Ksav Sofer on Chumash
and four volumes of responsa. In
addition, a number of volumes on Talmud have appeared.
After World War II, a number of his unpublished manuscripts were
recovered and are in the process of being published.
The above graphic includes photographs that were provided by VERAfilm archives.