Luzki, Joseph Solomon
Moses (1770 1845) - Account of his Life
He was born at Kukizow, moved later to Lutsk, and from there, in 1802, to
Eupatoria in the Crimea, where he became Hazzan of the congregation. He
accompanied Simha Babovich to St Petersburg, where they obtained in 1827
the exemption of the Karaites from compulsory military service in the Russian
army. He wrote a detailed account of this journey, "Iggeret Teshu'at Jisrael".
His brother in law, Abraham Firkovich translated it into the Tartar language.
He composed also a prayer of thanksgiving, which was recited by the Karaites
at the yearly anniversary. In 1831 he visited the Holy Land. He wrote "Petah
Tikvah", a primer with Hebrew prayers. He added a Tartar translation and
translated also B. Mussafia's "Zekher Rav", both forming together "Sefer
haHinnukh lePetahTikvah" (the book of education, towards the gate of
hope). It was published in Istanbul in 1831. Further he composed a commentary
on Aaron ben Joseph's "Sefer haMivhar" (Eupatoria, 1835), a calendar for
the years 1859 1901, and liturgical poems, some of which were incorporated
in the Karaite prayerbook.