BACK, SAMUEL (1841–1899), rabbi and scholar. Back, who was born in Galgocz (now Hlohovec, Slovakia), served as rabbi in Prague-Smichov from 1872. He wrote on philosophical, historical, and talmudical subjects. His published works include Josef Albos Bedeutung in der Geschichte der juedi schen Religion-sphilosophie (1869), Das Synhedrion unter Napoleon I (1879), R. Meir ben Baruch aus Rothenburg (1895), Entstehungs geschichte der portugiesischen Gemeinde in Am sterdam und Rabbi Menasse ben Israel (1883), Elischa ben Abuja-Acher (1891), and "Die Fabel in Talmud und Midrash" (in MGWJ, vols. 25, 29, 30, 33). Back also published sermons and eulogies as well as articles in learned periodicals.

Encyclopedia Judaica. 1971.

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