SINGER, ABRAHAM

SINGER, ABRAHAM
SINGER, ABRAHAM (1849–1914), Hungarian rabbi and scholar. He served as rabbi at Varpalota and wrote studies on the history of Hungarian Jewry and his community in particular. Among his publications is a work on the development of the Reform movement in the 19th century, Paris, Braunschweig, Arad (1899), as well as Deutsch-ungarisches Handbuch der Matrikelfuehrung (1884). His son LEO SINGER (d. 1944) also served as rabbi in Varpalota and wrote on Hungarian Jewish history. He translated a number of Hebrew texts into Hungarian: Psalms (Zsoltárok, 19622); the Passover Haggadah (1929); parts of Baḥya ibn Paquda's Ḥovot ha-Levavot (1907); and S. Ganzfried's Kiẓẓur Shulḥan Arukh (3 vols., 1934–39; repr. 1962). He also wrote belletristic works, among them Asmodáj (1922), a drama, and Eszter királyné (1928, 1940). In 1944 he was murdered by the Nazis. -BIBLIOGRAPHY: Magyar Zsidó Lexikon (1929), 790.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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