Sinzheim, Joseph David ben-Isaac

   Leading French rabbi. Sinzheim was the erudite rabbi of Strasbourg and the author of a collection of responsa, Yad David (1799). In 1806 he was a member of the Jewish Assembly convened by Napoleon, and he drafted the replies to the emperor’s twelve questions on the relationship between the Jewish faith and loyal citizenship of France. Sinzheim was appointed president of the Sanhedrin set up by Napoleon in 1807, and in the following year chief rabbi of the Central Consistory that was at the apex of the new communal organization of French Jewry.

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