German rabbi; born at Wanfried, Prussia, Jan. 13, 1818; died at Prague Sept. 18, 1884; studied at the Teachers' Seminary of Cassel (1832-34) and at the University of Berlin (Ph. D. 1844). He was principal of the seminary of Cassel 1845-47, rabbi at Filehne 1848-50, and rabbi of the Altschottländische community of Danzig 1850-63. When the old Meisel Synagogue of Prague was changed in 1864 to a modern temple with a choir, organ, and sermon, Stein received a call as preacher to this place of worship, where he officiated until his death. From 1865 to 1868 he acted also as teacher of Talmud at the Talmud Torah founded by Rapaport in this community.
Stein, who was eminent both as preacher and as linguist, published the following works: "Geschichte der Juden in Danzig, nach Handschriftlichen Quellen Dargestellt," Danzig, 1860; "Ueber den Unterricht im Talmud nach Wissenschaftlicher Methode," Prague, 1866; "Talmudische Terminologie, Zusammengestellt und Alphabetisch Geordnet, und die Aufgabe einer Präparandie für die Studierenden der Theologie," ib. 1869.