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WAHRMANN, ISRAEL B. SOLOMON:

Hungarian rabbi and Talmudist; born at Altofen, Hungary; died at Budapest June 24, 1824. He was called to the rabbinate of Pesth in 1799, and was the first officially recognized rabbi of the community, which developed rapidly under his leadership, its first statutes being drafted at his instance. The most important institution connected with his name is the Nationalschule, an elementary school dedicated on Sept. 8, 1814, which was an important factor in raising the intellectual status of the community, its curriculum including Hungarian, modern science, and Hebrew. Wahrmann published only one sermon, in German and entitled "Andachtsübung der Israeliten der Königlichen Freistadt Pesth." The sorrow at his death found expression in Philip Weil's Hebrew and German poem "Evel Yisrael, oder Totenfeier."

Bibliography:
  • Reich, Beth-El, i. 123 et seq.;
  • Büchler, A Zsidók Története Budapesten, pp. 380 et seq.
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