R. Moses ben Menahem Kunitz (Kunitzer) was rabbi in Ofen and dayyan in Budapest. He was born at Alt-Ofen; died Feb. 2, 1837. A descendant of the Maharal, R. Kunitz was one of the pioneers of enlightenment in Hungary. His works include: Bet Rabbi (Vienna, 1805), i.e., a biography of Judah ha-Nasi, part of which was included in Schmid's Mishnah edition in 1815; and Ben Yohai, a defense of the genuineness of the Zohar (ib. 1815). His responsum in Nogah ha-Zedek (Dessau, 1818), in which he permits the introduction of the organ into the synagogue, created a great stir. A part of his manuscript is to be found in the library of the rabbinical seminary at Budapest.