MOSES MENDELSSOHN (1729-1786), Jewish philosopher, was born in Dessau in 1729.
His father's name was Mendel, and he was later on surnamed Mendelssohn (= son of Mendel).
Mendelssohn soon won the confidence of Bernhard, who made the young student successively his book-keeper and his partner.
Just as the latter afterwards makes Nathan the Wise and Saladin meet over the chess-board, so did Lessing and Mendelssohn actually come together as lovers of the game.
This notion was being generally ridiculed as untrue, when Lessing found in Mendelssohn the realization of his dream.