Vilna Gaon

Vilna Gaon

Monday, 28 March 2011

Kamai and Finkel Families

Kamai and Finkel families

(Updated March 28, 2011)

There is a longstanding tradition that the families Kamai and Finkel,  rabbis of Mir Yeshiva, are descended from Avraham Ragoler, a brother of the Vilna Gaon.

The connection is to be  found in the 1816 revision list for Zemaiciu Naumiestis (Neustadt)

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Avraham's son Eliyahu appears under the "surname" Magit. A son-in-law is Uriash Komay, married to Eliyahu's daughter Pera. Their son was Abram, and he is known to be the father of Rabbi Eliyahu Barukh Kamai, the
father-in-law of Rabbi Eliezer Yehudah Finkel, Rosh Yeshivah Mir whose many descendants are now able to know their exact relationship to the family of the Vilna Gaon.

Rabbi Eliezer Yehudah Finkel (1877-1965)

Rabbi Eliyahu-Barukh Finkel (1947-2008 Jerusalem)

The Kamai and Finkel families are being researched by Yosef-Meir Finkel, a great-grandson of Rabbi Eliezer Yehudah Finkel.

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