Benet Nachod (c.1665-1742)

Benet Nachod was the only child of Frumetl Ausch and her second husband Manis Nachod. He was probably born around 1665 and was married by 1694 when his son Moyses was likely born (three years before the 1697 dedication of two torah curtains in his honor).

Bendet attended the Leipzig Fair (with his father) in 1695, 1698 and 1699.

In Purim 1709, Benet Nachod was caught with Meir Perels in a snowstorm in Nußdorf outside Vienna (now the Viennese district of Döbling), as recorded in Perles’ Megilat Sefer.

Benet was married twice, first to Tscherne Cholisch, who died in 1718, and then briefly to Pessel Horice, who died in 1721. At the time of the 1729 census he is unmarried and has one unmarried son named Manis (Menasse). His occupation was jeweler. His son Moyses was living next door with his family. Benet had one daughter named Shirei who was married already to Hertzl Neustadtl in 1729.

There is a 1724 mortgage record in Liber Judeorum Albus which might help us figure out which house he lived in. A 1727 list of houses lists the house of Benet Nachod or Jacob Thein and an attached synagogue or school. Dr. Alexandr Putik believes it was on the northern side of the Pinkas street near the cemetery. The house was burned down during the 1754 fire and the Chewra Kadisha building is now located in that area.

Benet died April 5, 1742 and is buried in the Prague old Jewish cemetery.


Max Freudenthal, Die jüdischen Besucher der Leipziger Messen in den Jahren 1675 – 1699, page 45.
1727 House List #137 Benet Nachod
1741 Procession in honor of birth of Josef II. Jewish Museum Prague
Procession. Jewish Museum Prague
Samson Wertheimer (1658-1724) 

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