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Arik was a student of Rabbi Dov Berish Weidenfeld and Rabbi Sholom Mordechai Schwadron. Rabbi Arik was so well-respected by the leading Rabbis of his generation, that following the death of Rabbi Schwadron, the Belzer Rov directed all halachik questions to Rabbi Arik in his place.
He was the posek of the Galician town Buchach (in present-day Ukraine. However, during World War One, Arik fled to the Austrian city of Vienna. Upon his return to Galicia after the war, Arik assumed the post of Chief Rabbi of Tarnów.
Rabbi Meir Arik authored the following works:
- Tal Torah (טל תורה) on the Babylonian Talmud and Palestinian Talmud
- Minchas Kenaois (מנחת קנאות) on Tractate Sotah
- Minchas Pittim (מנחת פיתים) on Shulchan Aruch
- Plus many Halachik ResponsaTemplate:Ukraine-bio-stub
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