GEIGER, SOLOMON ZALMAN (ben Abraham, d. 1775), community notable of Frankfurt on the Main. In 1738 he published a philosophic-kabbalistic homiletical commentary Kerem Shelomo which was at first well received. However, in 1742 the rabbis of Frankfurt withdrew his right to be chosen as gabbai, interdicted him from serving as precentor in the Great Synagogue for nine years, and apparently made a public declaration against his book, the official reason being that Geiger had not comported himself correctly in the community meetinghouse. Geiger compiled an anthology of writings of medieval Jewish philosophers (unpublished).


M. Horovitz, Frankfurter Rabbinen, 2 (1883), 90; 3 (1884), 15, 19–21, 60; 4 (1885), 35.

[Jacob S. Levinger]

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