||Record of the travels in the Middle-East of R. Moses Eleazar Eisenstadt. R. Eisenstadt begins by noting that this is only a summary, for at the time of that he was traveling he only made occasional notes. He notes that our Sephardi brothers who dwell in the east live rich spiritual lives. He goes on, in this small travelogue, to describe that life and other circumstances that he witnessed in his travels. Mi-Nesi’ati ba-Mizrah ha-Karov is bound with its original wrappers.
Moses Eleazar Eisenstadt, (1869–1943) was a rabbi, educator, and author in Russia and France. Born in Nesvizh, Belorussia, he studied at the yeshivah of Volozhin, and from 1889 at the university and Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums in Berlin. He wrote his doctoral thesis on "Bible Criticism in Talmudic Literature" in 1898. From 1899 to 1910 Eisenstadt officiated as Kazyonny Ravvin (government-appointed rabbi) of Rostov, and from 1911 to 1923 held the same position in St. Petersburg. He subsequently emigrated to France, and in 1926 was appointed rabbi of the Ohel Ya’akov community of the Russian Jews in Paris. He also lectured in modern Hebrew literature at the rabbinical seminary. When the Nazis occupied Paris, he left for New York, and in 1942 was appointed rabbi of the Merkaz Beit Yisrael community of Russian Jews there. From an early age, he published articles, reviews, and stories in the Jewish press in Hebrew, Yiddish, Russian, and German. His other books include Be-Shuvi el Erez Moladeti (On My Return to My Fatherland, 1893), and Me-Hayyei Benei Lita (From the Lives of the Inhabitants of Lithuania, 1893) and Evreiskiia staropechatnyia knigi (1897). In 1918, he was a member of the editorial board of the Jewish historical journal He-Avar, published in Petrograd.