Today, 405 years ago, in the year 1615, R’ Yisrael Hammerschlag from Prague passed away in Venice.
R’ Yisrael was the Rosh HaKahal of the Jewish community in Prague. In his later years he decided to make “Aliyah” to our holy land, but sadly enough, whilst in Venice, he passed away and was put to rest there in Venice.
What is not so known, is that his granddaughter Rikel was engaged to be married to one of the sons of Rabbi Yoel Sirkes from Krakow, known as the Bach.
She, most probably, actually married the Bach’s son, but we only have the supporting evidence that she got engaged, we don’t even know the name of her betrothed.
Sources: Hebräische Grabschriften in Italien & Judische Privatbriefe