Zarach Zarachowicz and his exaltation to the office of Hazza in Halicz in 1929

Stefan Gąsiorowski

Zarach Zarachowicz and his exaltation to the office of Hazza in Halicz in 1929

Contribution to the history of the Karaim liturgy

Publication year
2012

Born in Halicz, an eminent Orientalist and Turkologist Dr. Zygmunt Abrahamowicz (1923–1990), in his memoirs recalling his youth, wrote that Zarach Zarachowicz „in the interwar period became one of the most enlightened figures of the Halicz Karaite community.” Zarachowicz was born on 21st December, 1890 in Halicz. He was the son of Moishe (23.01.1858 – 27.02.1920) and Estera (24.10.1867 – 05.02.1962) born Eszwowicz, members of the local Karaim community [dżymat], whose origins, according to the Karaites themselves, are to date back to the mid-thirteenth century. Zarach Zarachowicz was named after his deceased grandfather (1820? — January 29, 1889), the son of Moishe. During the partitions of Poland Halicz residents remained under Austrian rule, and the local dżymat was the only Karaim settlement in the whole Austria-Hungary.

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