Jechiel Heilprin

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Jechiel ben Solomon (n) Heilprin (* around 1660 ; † 1746 in Minsk ) was a rabbi , yeshiva leader, Talmudist and chronicler of Judaism .

His (much criticized) main work Seder ha-Dorot , 3 parts, first printed in Karlsruhe 1769, revised, improved edition Warsaw 1878–1882, is a Hebrew history and biobibliography of Judaism from the creation of the world to 1696.

Works (selection)

  • Seder ha-Dorot
    • Part 1: Seder jemot olam , from the creation of the world to the year 1696, reports the most important historical events and gives short biographies of the most important men and scholars in Judaism with details of their works
    • Part 2: Seder Tanna'im wa'amora'im ; alphabetical listing of all Tannaim and Amoraim giving all relevant sites in the Talmud as well as the inclusion of all known events, legends etc. from otherwise contemporary or later sources
    • Part 3: Seder mechabberim weseder sfarim , alphabetical index of the authors of Jewish books after completing the Talmud with details of their works, a bibliography of Hebrew literature sorted alphabetically by title after completing the Talmud (based on the work Sifte jeschenim des Sabbatai Bass) and Haggahot hashass , Corrections of names of scholars incorrectly given in the Talmud
  • Dictionary of rabbinical and cabalistic terms as well as their synonyms and derivatives, first edition Dyhernfurth 1808


  • Benzion Eisenstadt: Rabbane Minsk. 1899.
  • Salomon Wininger : Great Jewish National Biography. Vol. III, Orient Printing House, Chernivtsi 1928.
  • Samuel Rappaport: Jechiel ben Salomon Heilprin. In: Georg Herlitz (Hrsg.): Jüdisches Lexikon . Volume II, Jewish publishing house, Berlin 1927.
  • John F. Oppenheimer (Red.) And a .: Lexicon of Judaism. 2nd Edition. Bertelsmann Lexikon Verlag, Gütersloh u. a. 1971, ISBN 3-570-05964-2 .