Perel Loew [Maharal's wife] / פרל לאו אשת המהר"ל

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Perel Loew [Maharal's wife] פרל לאו אשת המהר"ל (Shmelkes-Reich)

Nicknames: "Maharal's wife", "Perl", "Perla"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Death: Died in Prague, Czech Republic
Place of Burial: Old Jewish Cemetery in Josefov, Prague, Czech Republic
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Shmuel Leib Shmelkes-Reich {Maharal f.in-law] / שמואל שמעלקעס-רייך, חותן המהר"ל and Dobra Schmelkes-Reich (Breznicky) / דוברה שמעלקעס-רייך, חותנת המהר"ל
Wife of Yehuda ben Betzalel Loew יהודה בן בצלאל לאו [Maharal of Prague המהר"ל מפראג]
Mother of Tilla Sabatka-Wahl [Maharal daughter #3] טילה סאבאטקא-וואהל בת המהר"ל; Rabbi Bezalel "Charif" Loew [Maharal son #1] בצלאל "חריף" לאו; Gitele Brandeis [Maharal daughter #2] גיטעלע ברנדייס; Rachel Heller-Wallerstein [Maharal Dau. #4] רחל הלר-וולרשטיין בת המהר"ל; Leah Katz [Maharal daughter #5] לאה כץ, בת המהר"ל and 3 others
Sister of Rabbi Yehoshua Shmelkes / רבי יהושע שמעלקעס, גיס המהר"ל

Occupation: The Maharal's wife - full time job! + merchant, Torah scholar, Talmudist scholar, merchant
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About Perel Loew [Maharal's wife] פרל לאו אשת המהר"ל (Shmelkes-Reich)

Disagreement about the year of birth - 1516 vs. 1528 (according to Judith Nathan's data).

The Maharal's marriage to his wife Pearl has been surrounded by the Loew family chronicler, Meir Perles, with romance. The bride's father, a well known Prague merchant, suffered business reverses shortly after the couple was engaged. Thus he could not meet the terms of the financial arrangements in favor of the young couple, as had been stipulated. Thereupon he offered to cancel the engagement. The Maharal, however, was not interested in financial settlement and he persisted in his love for Pearl. There was a long delay in the wedding, while the bride established herself in a bakery shop in order to help support the family. The marriage finally occurred in 1544. Bride and groom, according to the same chronicler, were then 32 and 28 years old respectively.

Their marriage was a very happy one, and they were blessed with seven children, six daughters and a son. All six daughters married into prominent Prague families. His son, Bezalel, became rabbi in Cologne, Germany, where he headed a rabbinical academy. The Maharal was deeply grieved when this son met an untimely death in 1600. The Maharal's public career took him to many parts of Central and Eastern Europe, but his heart was always in Prague, the home of his wife's family and of his own children.

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According to another version, Pearl was the daughter of Rabbi Yitzchak Klober of Worms ?

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One biography of Maharal - ויקיגניה - claims that the Maharal was married twice. His first wife was the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Haiut, and Lea & Feigele were daughters of this marriage.

Her profile on Geni is: http://www.geni.com/people/Wife-Maharal-Prague/6000000000711023805

Most other biography versions of Maharal do not mention the first marriage and named Pearl as the mother of all Maharal's children, including Lea and Feigele (see below).

Managers and the curator of this profile chose NOT to include this profile as the Maharal's wife

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Perel Loew [Maharal's wife] / פרל לאו אשת המהר"ל's Timeline

1528
1528
Prague, Czech Republic
1532
1532
Age 4
or born ca. in 1551
1544
1544
Age 16
Prague
1544
Age 16
Prague, Czechoslovakia
1545
1545
Age 17
1545
Age 17
Prague, Czechoslovakia
1550
1550
Age 22
1554
1554
Age 26
Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
1555
1555
Age 27
1556
1556
Age 28
prague, Czechoslovakia