Aaron Halle-Wolfssohn

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Aaron Halle-Wolfssohn (1754 or 1756, in probably Halle – 20 March 1835, in Fürth) was a German Jew, a translator and commentator of the Tanakh and a leading writer of the Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment). He was born in Halle and died in Fürth. He was professor at the Königliche Wilhelmsschule at Breslau from 1792 to 1807. After 1807, private professor in Berlin of the Meyerbeer brothers, and Giacomo Meyerbeer in particular. Some letters between Giacomo Meyerbeer and Aron Wolfssohn were published among the Meyerbeer correspondence.

Besides translating much of the Tanakh into German, he published a Hebrew-German primer (Abtalion), commentaries, essays and the play Leichtsinn und Frömmelei (written in 1796).


  • Jeremy Dauber (2004), Antonio's Devils: Writers of the Jewish Enlightenment and the Birth of Modern Hebrew and Yiddish Literature. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4901-9 Review of this book