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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.