Born in 1769 in a village
train, unter-noytroyer kamitat, Austria-Hungary, to very
poor, religious parents. His father was a cantor. His
his early youth he remained an orphan, and N. at ten
years old he was an apprentice for his father, a tailor,
but soon thereafter he it was his father's wish for him
to travel study, to meet the wish of his father, "which
came to him in a dream."
As an eleven-year-old youth
he went away to Boskovits (Mehren) to a yeshiva of R'
Shmuel Kolin, where he learned Tanakh and Gemora.
However, it the 'world' attracted him, and he traveled
to Prague, where he learned with R' Barukh Iteles holy
subjects, an also world languages. He translated in
German his rabbi's book, "Mlt hagyon lrmbm," and by
himself began to write in Hebrew, including his play,
"Bet yosefat." In 1799 he married and tried to become a
small businessman in the neighboring town Kitse, but due
to a need for a livelihood, he left his wife and went
away to Vienna, where he became a home teacher for
Joseph Hertzl. Here he learned French and Latin, and
through the initiative of Hebrew mdkdk Wolfzon published
(in 1805) his Hebrew play, "Bit yosefat melitsa nah, mat
mshh shmuel m'm (farkert di rashi-tbut fun 'neyman")mki(ts)e."
The play ....
from Zalmen Reisen.
Ignaz Reich --
"Beth-El" (Budapest, 1867), pp. 456-460.
William Zeitlin -- "Krit
sfr," Leipzig, 1891-1895, pp. 252-53.