Mazkeret L'gedolei Ostroh is a
history of the great rabbis of
Ostrog – a four-hundred-year history,
down to the early twentieth century, of Ge'onim, of heads of Jewish Courts of Law and of Yeshivas, of religious
judges, of wise scribes, and of assorted leaders of Ostrog's Jewish community. The book also provides a history
of Ostrog's Jewish community, including such esoterica as how the burial society was organized.
Mazkeret L'gedolei Ostroh was published
in the city of Berdichev in 5667 (1906/1907). The author, Menachem Mendel Biber
(1848 - 1923), states that he is the “son of the superlative in Torah
and Awe our Teacher the Rabbi, Rabbi Aryeh
Leibush Biber of Blessed Memory of Ostraha.” The author's declared love of
“wise men and their words”
him to honor both the memory of these men and the “glory of the city and
A copy of Mazkeret L'gedolei Ostroh is in the State Historical and Cultural Reserve in Ostrog.
There is an online copy of the book on the website of the University of Toronto Libraries, which can be
accessed at Mazkeret L'gedolei Ostroh.
Rabbi Shalom Bronstein and
Nathen Gabriel translated the names listed in the Table of Contents. This list of approximately four-hundred names
is shown below, along with a glossary of titles and acronyms associated with the names of the listed rabbis.
Many of these descriptive titles have become obsolete and their meanings have been lost. However, for completeness,
they are included in the glossary.
The following list of rabbis shows each rabbi's name and that of his father, if available. The rabbi's title and
the position that he held are also given. Biber organizes his book by assigning an Article Number to each rabbi's entry.
Click on this Introduction to see an image of the Introduction to
Biber's Hebrew language book.