Alexander Ziskind Maimon

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Alexander Ziskind Maimon (July 18, 1809 - July 12, 1887) was a Lithuanian Jewish author and scholar of the Talmud and Mishnah.

Maimon was born in Seirijai,[1] Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire. His commentaries on biblical literature, Mishnah, Talmud and Halacha were publicized from his younger years and throughout his life. He was a writer for "HaMagid" Hebrew newspaper, known by the acronym of his and his father's name - AZBRMM (Alexander Ziskind ben Rabbi Moshe Maimon). His daughter's tombstone refers to him as "Maimon from Seirijai". In 1872 he is mentioned as "Rabbi Ziskind Maimon" in HaMagid in a list of people from Seirijai who donated to the Persian relief effort.

In his later years, Maimon lived in Kelmė and began writing his book "Kovetz Maamariam ve'Inianim Shonim". The book was published by his family in 1894,[2] following his death, and in it were many reprinted articles and researches he had written. He is regarded to in Berl Kagan's book "Jewish Cities, Towns & Villages in Lithuania" (New York: 1991) as "An author, scholar, philanthropist, and man of affairs."[3]

Maimon's grandson, Moshe Maimon, was a notable artist.


  1. ^ Berl Kagan, in his book "Jewish Cities, Towns & Villages in Lithuania" (New York: 1991), gives his place of birth as Kielce
  2. ^ The book was published in 1894, seven years after his death, by his brother, Tzvi-Hirsch, in memory of his other brother, Shaul, who apparently had also died between 1887 and 1894.
  3. ^ As reprinted in Landsman, Vol. 2, Nos 2&3 (Double issue- Fall-Winter, 1991-92)