Born in 1756 [not as is
mostly indicated in Reyzen's "Lexicon" as 1875, but with
shtifn 1758] in Copenhagen, Denmark. [Not in
Kenigsberg, as in that aforementioned biography]. His
great-grandfather had geheisn Yekhiel Levin, from
'Yekhiel" it became "Ikhl" -- the family name Eichel.
When he was very young E. arrived in Kenigsberg, where
he studied later in the local university, and was the
educator of a merchant and banker for Joachim Moshe
Friedlander's grandchildren. E. was also introduced to
Moshe Mendelson, and later became his first biographer.
E.'s first large social
achievement was to found in Kenigsberg, with the support
of the Friedlanders, and with the assistance of Berlin
and Breslau friends, the "Chevras durshi lshon evr",
which later was transformed into the "Chevras shukhri
htov vhtushi bkinigsberg vberlin".
The aforementioned first
social founding in 1778 in Berlin was a modern Yiddish
school ("Freishul"), and in 1782 E. published a Hebrew
appeal to the Kenigsberg Jews about the founding of such
a school in Kenigsberg, but due to the stubborn attitude
of the Orthodoxy, the plan was not realized.
In the years 1784-8.....more