Isaac Spitz

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Isaac Spitz
Born1764 (1764)
Kolín, Kingdom of Bohemia
Died6 May 1842(1842-05-06) (aged 77–78)
Mladá Boleslav, Kingdom of Bohemia
RelativesYom-Tov Spitz (son)
Elazar Fleckeles (father-in-law)[1] [2]
Moritz Hartmann (grandson)[2]

Isaac Spitz (Hebrew: יצחק איצק שפיץ, romanizedYitzḥak Itzik Shpitz; 1764 – 6 May 1842) was av beit din in Mladá Boleslav, Bohemia. He wrote Matʼame Yitzḥak, a collection of songs, melodies, and sayings, which was published posthumously in Prague in 1843.[3][4]


Isaac Spitz was born in Kolín, Kingdom of Bohemia, the son of a Torah scribe. He left for Prague in 1779 to study at the yeshiva of Yechezkel Landau, during which time he studied Hebrew language and literature as well as Mendelssohn's and Lessing's writings. He moved to Fürth in 1785 to the yeshiva of Meshullam Solomon Kohn, and was ordained by the local beit din in 1792. He returned to Kolin as a pupil of Eleazar Kalir and teacher in the house of Adam Friedländer,[2] and married Rebekka Fleckeles, daughter of Elazar Fleckeles.[1]

He was the father of the grammarian Yom-Tov Spitz, and maternal grandfather of the poet Moritz Hartmann.[2]


 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainOchser, Schulim (1905). "Spitz, Isaac (Eizig)". In Singer, Isidore; et al. (eds.). The Jewish Encyclopedia. Vol. 11. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. p. 524.

  1. ^ a b  Rosenthal, Herman; Wiernik, Peter (1903). "Fleckeles". In Singer, Isidore; et al. (eds.). The Jewish Encyclopedia. Vol. 5. New York: Funk & Wagnalls. p. 408.
  2. ^ a b c d Brocke, Michael; Carlebach, Julius; Wilke, Carsten, eds. (2010). Die Rabbiner der Emanzipationszeit in den deutschen, böhmischen und großpolnischen Ländern 1781–1871 [Rabbis of the Emancipation Era in the German, Bohemian and Greater Polish Territories, 1781-1871]. Biographisches Handbuch der Rabbiner (in German). K. G. Saur. p. 828. ISBN 978-3-11-023232-5.
  3. ^ Ben-Yaʿakov, Yitzḥak Aizik (1880). Otzar ha-sefarim (in Hebrew). Vilnius: Defus ha-almana veha-aḥim Romm. p. 323.
  4. ^ Steinschneider, Moritz (1852–60). Catalogus Librorum Hebræorum in Bibliotheca Bodleiana (in Latin). Berlin: A. Friedlaender. p. 2651.