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Submitted by Cory Streisinger

Information Picture Question
Category: Photo Identification
Approval Date: 9/18/2019 3:54 PM
Family Surname: Lowenstam
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This has been identified on another website as a portrait of R. Aryeh Lieb Lowenstam (1690-1755), ABD Amsterdam. However, based on the inscription and the book he is holding, it has also been suggested that this is R. Saul Lowenstam, son of Aryeh Leib. I would appreciate opinions. See following image for closer look at the text.

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9/18/2019 10:00 PM Hard to read even zoomed in. Can you post a better image?
9/19/2019 9:33 AM I would be very appreciative if you could share the source of this post.
9/19/2019 9:50 PM The Geni profile for this person has several copies of this image.
9/21/2019 11:24 PM This is Rabbi Shaul.
9/22/2019 12:26 AM Rabbi Shaul ben Aryeh
9/22/2019 12:26 AM Rabbi Shaul ben Aryeh
9/23/2019 8:08 AM This is the portrait of Rabbi Saul the son of Rabbi Aryeh Leib. The descriptive text even includes the name of Rabbi Saul's book on Halacha "Binyan Ariel" (this seems to have confused some translators) that was published in 1778. See http://www.hebrewbooks.org/19443 where he even explains that the Name of the book Binyan Ariel is based on "Ben Aryeh" - the son of Aryeh. The year 1756 that was mentioned, was the year that he became the Rabbi of Amsterdam. His father who was the previous rabbi of Amsterdam passed away on April 2, 1755, and he succeeded his father and became the Rabbi in the following year. The second date 1782 is the date of the portrait when he was 65 years old.
9/23/2019 10:33 AM The bold Hebrew letters at the beginning of lines 2-5, spell the name Saul

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