Yechezkel Landau (TheNodah Biyehudah)
(1713 - ?)
Rabbi Yechezkel Landau was born in 1713 in Opatow, Poland, and received his Rabbinical
education in Galicia. From 1746 a Rabbi in Yampole on the upper Dniester,
he was appointed Chief Rabbi of Prague and head of the Yeshiva (Talmudic school) in 1755.
He is best known to us today through his monumental
work of she'alot uteshuvot entitled Noda Biyehudah, one
of the most authoritative sources in Halacha.
He was a devoted Rosh Yeshiva, a compassionate Rabbi,
a strong community leader and a skillful negotiator with governments
during the numerous wars and threatened expulsions that plagued the
The Nodah Biyehudah is buried in the Fibichova cemetery,
near the television tower in Prague 2. Keys can be obtained at MATANA
Travel Agency, Maiselova 15.