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Baruch Benedict Jeiteles

Birthdate: (51)
Birthplace: Hlavní město Praha, Česká republika
Death: Died in Hlavní město Praha, Česká republika
Immediate Family:

Son of Dr. Jonas Jeiteles and Levia Jeiteles
Father of Ignaz Isaac Jeiteles; Samuel Sigmund Christian Edler Geitler von Armingen and Leopold Geitler
Brother of Gottlieb Bezalel Jeitteles; Rebekka Bondi (Jeiteles); Juda Leopold Loeb Jeiteles and Isaac Jeiteles

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About Baruch Benedict Jeiteles

Baruch b. Jonah (Benedict) Jeiteles:

Bohemian Talmudist and Hebraist; born in Prague April 22, 1762; died there Dec. 18, 1813; eldest son of Jonas Jeiteles and father of Ignaz Jeiteles. He turned from the Orthodoxy then dominant in Prague, and espoused the liberalism championed by Mendelssohn. He conducted a yeshibah there and took an active interest in communal affairs, but his endeavors to modify the prejudiced views of his coreligionists in Prague subjected him to many persecutions at the hands of the more zealous.

After the battles of Kulm and Dresden, in 1813, when the numbers of the wounded who were brought into Prague increased to such extent that the public hospitals could no longer accommodate them all, Jeiteles urged the erection of private infirmaries for the unfortunate men, who had been neglected for weeks. Unceasingly active, collecting funds, visiting the soldiers and relieving them without regard to their religion or nationality, he contracted hospital fever, of which he died.

Jeiteles was the author of the following works: "'Ammude ha-Shaḥar" (Prague, 1785), on Talmudical subjects; "Dibre Yosef ha-Sheni ha-Aḥaronim" (ib. 1790), translated from the German; "'Emeḳ ha-Baka" (ib. 1793), a funeral sermon on the death of R. Ezekiel Landau; "Ha-'Oreb" (Vienna, 1795), which purports to be by Phinehas Hananiah Argosi de Silva, and to have been published in Salonica, but which was really the work of Baruch: it deals with a dispute between him and Landau; "Siḥah ben Shenat ," on the disciples of Shabbethai Ẓebi and of Frank in Prague, which was published anonymously (Prague, 1800) and is attributed (by Benjacob, "Oẓar ha-Sefarim," p. 574) to his brother Judah Jeiteles; "Ṭa'am ha-Melek" (Brünn, 1801-1803), on the "Sha'ar ha-Melek" of Isaac Nuñez Belmonte. It was republished with additions by R. Joseph Saul Nathansohn, Lemberg, 1859.

Baruch wrote also Hebrew poems and epigrams which appear in his brother's "Bene ha-Ne'urim," and he delivered a lecture on vaccination, "Die Kuhpockenimpfung" (Prague, 1804). In 1784, 1790, and 1794 he published in "Ha-Meassef" some excellent translations of the fables of Lessing and Lichtwer; and odes, elegies, and funeral and other orations by him in German and Hebrew are scattered through various periodicals.

Bibliography: Fürst, Bibl. Jud. ii. 51-52; Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 319; Fuenn, Keneset Yisrael, pp. 194-195, Warsaw, 1886.S. S. A. Ki. P. Wi.

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April 22, 1762
Hlavní město Praha, Česká republika
September 13, 1783
Age 21
Prague, Czech Republic
Age 26
December 18, 1813
Age 51
Hlavní město Praha, Česká republika