Behrend Lehmann, R' Yissacher HaLevi Bermann

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Behrend Lehmann (Bermann)

Hebrew: ישכר בערמאן לעהמאן
Also Known As: "Yissacher HaLevi Bermann", "Issachar Berend Lehmann", "Berend Lehmann", "Isachar", "Yissakhar Bermann Segal", "Yissakhar ben Yehuda haLevi", "Berman Halberstadt"
Birthplace: Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Death: July 09, 1730 (69)
Halberstadt, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Judah Lehmann and Mrs. Yehuda Lehmann
Husband of Miriam Lehmann and Henle Lehmann (Oppenheim)
Father of Joel Lehmann; Sarchen (Sara) Wertheimer; Chawa Rachel Gnedl Helena Poesing Hirschel; Mordechai Gumpel Lehmann; Lehmann Berend and 7 others
Brother of Herz Naftali Lehmann and Jonathan Meyer Lehmann

Occupation: Rabbi
Managed by: Malka Mysels
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About Behrend Lehmann, R' Yissacher HaLevi Bermann

Rabbi Yissacher HaLevi Bermann (1661 - 1730 )

also known as "Behrend Lehmann" the greatest of court jews in the 17th and 18th centuries. His impact on Jewish scholarship in Germany is unquestionable, as his Klaus produced prominent leaders.

"The World that was Ashkenaz" by Neil Rosenstein.


Philanthropist; born at Halberstadt Nisan 24, 1661; died there Tammuz 24, 1730; son of Judah Lehmann. At an early age he displayed great commercial enterprise. He afterward went to Hanover, and there became associated with the chief court agent Liepmann, who, appreciating Bermann's abilities and integrity, gave him his confidence.

In this way Bermann had access to many princes, and several of them, such as those of Dessau, of Brunswick, and of Saxony, soon addressed themselves directly to him in their financial transactions.

Bermann was in especial favor with Friedrich Augustus II., elector of Saxony and later, king of Poland, to whom he rendered many services in the capacity of banker and as diplomatic agent in Poland. For these services he was rewarded with the title of "Resident" of Poland and Saxony, by which title he is mentioned in the Polish chronicles.

Bermann used his prestige for the good of his coreligionists; and his intervention with the Polish lords saved many Jewish lives. The special protection that Halberstadt enjoyed during the reigns of Freidrich I. and Friedrich Wilhelm I. was due to Bermann's active influence. Generous by nature, it was his delight to foster Jewish learning. To this end he built a synagogue at Halberstadt, in which city many Jewish scholars found support, their works being printed at the sole expense of Bermann.

In 1696 Bermann obtained the permission of Friedrich Wilhelm to edit the Babylonian Talmud, copiesof which had become very scarce. The expense of this edition (Frankfort-on-the-Oder), amounting to $50,000, was defrayed entirely by Bermann; and most of the 5,000 copies printed were presented to scholars.

Lehman obtained in 1708 the permission of King August der Starke to settle down in Dresden in the forer Post House in the Pirnaischen Gasse together wit his brother in law Jonas Meyer from Hamburg, his eldest son Lehmann Berend and their families and staff. Therefor he is the first Jew in Dresden after the exodus in the 16. century.

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Die Grabschriften des Alten Judenfriedhofes in Wien"

Band II- by Dr. Bernhard Wachstein-pg. 177

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