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Nehemiah Trebitsch

TREBITSCH, NEHEMIAH (Menahem Nahum; 1779–1842), Moravian rabbi. Trebitsch taught at the Prague yeshivot of Jacob Guensburg and Simon Kuh before becoming rabbi in Prossnitz (1826–32). He was subsequently appointed Landesrabbiner of Moravia with his seat in Nikolsburg. The right bestowed upon him by the provincial government (1833) to appoint candidates for vacant rabbinates was canceled in 1838 because of his persistent refusal to nominate rabbis with liberal leanings. This cancellation was also influenced by his opposition to the use of German in sermons for which he had been officially censured. However, he consented to, and participated in, the establishment of a Hebrew-German industrial school. He wrote glosses to the Jerusalem Talmud, and Koveẓ al Yad ha-Ḥaẓakah (8 vols., 1835–42), notes on Maimonides' Yad.


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Sources: Encyclopaedia Judaica. © 2007 The Gale Group. All Rights Reserved.