R’ Moshe Schreiber (Sofer) was born in 1762, in Frankfort, Germany. He was a child prodigy and at the age of twelve, he was already a student of R’ Noson Adler, one of the greatest sages of that period.
In 1787, R’ Sofer married Sara Jerwitz and settled in her hometown of Prossnitz. In 1794, he took his first rabbinical position in Dresnitz. Five years later he became the rabbi of Matesdorf, Hungary. And in 1806, he became the Chief Rabbi of Pressburg and held this position for the rest of his life.
In 1807 there was a great fire that left many Jews homeless. Then, in 1809, Pressburg was bombarded and invaded by the army of Napoleon. Life within Pressburg became extremely difficult and the community suffered terribly. As the leader of the community, it fell upon R’ Sofer to lead relief efforts and, after the invasion ended, the rebuilding of the Jewish community. In 1812, he suffered the loss of his wife, Sara.
By the end of that year, R’ Sofer had remarried to Saril, the daughter of R’ Akiva Eiger. With Saril, he was blessed with eleven children. R’ Sofer spent the rest of his life leading his community and teaching Torah to his students. He was accepted as the leading halachic authority of his time.
R’ Sofer passed away on 25 Tishrei 1839 and was succeeded in Pressburg by his son, R’ Avraham Sofer.
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