CATALOG 189:
RARE AND IMPORTANT TITLES IN RABBINICS AND MEDIEVAL JUDAICA

 

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Catalog 189:
Rare and Important Titles in Rabbinics and Medieval Judaica.

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  1. [Azriel Hildesheimer gift inscription and stamp] Moshe Leib Lyeitsch Rosenbaum. SHA’AREI EMET AND BEIT ARYEH. Pressburg, 1866. Hardcover, 8vo, 40 leaves, 24.5 cm. On title-page a handwritten self dedication: “Gift from the author, Azriel Hildesheimer” and ink stamp of the rabbi. On the inner side of the bidning Ex-Libris of (his grandson), Rabbi “Azriel Hildesheimer”. Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer (1820-1899) was among the leading Torah authorities of his generation. Disciple of the Aruch LaNer and of Rabbi Yitzchak Bernays of Hamburg. He served as Rabbi of Eisenstadt in years 1851-1869, and during that time established there one of the major Yehsivot of Hungary and Germany. In 1869 he was appointed as Rabbi of Berlin, where he established the Beit Midrash LaRabbanim. He led Orthodox Jewry in Germany. Binding repair. Chipped and worn cover, edges, and corners. Some lightly stained pages. Good condition. (Hag-2-6) (ID #27522) $325.00.
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  3. Altschüler, Moritz. COD. HEBR. MONAC. 95: DIE PFERSEE-HANSCHRIFT; HEFT 1 [TALMUD. SELECTIONS. ALTSCHÜLER. 1908. PFERSEE-HANDSCHRIFT]. Leipzig; Lumen, 1908. Original Portfolio. Folio. 8 pages; 18 fascimiles. 36 cm. Limited edition. Limited to 500 copies. This is number 216. In German. Volume 1 of Orbis antiquitatum; Religions-und kultur-geschichtliche Quellenschriften im Urtext, Umschrift und ubersetzung. Photographic Reproduction. Die Pfersee-Handschrift: Cod. Hebr. Monac. 95. Babylonian Talmud, Parchment Manuscript, France, 1342 – Cod. Hebr. 95. “There is also only one complete extant manuscript of the Babylonian Talmud (Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Cod. Heb. 95). It was written 'on the twelfth of the month of Kislev, in the year 103 of the sixth millennium' (1342) by Solomon b. Samson, probably in France (facsimile edited by H. Strack, 1912). At the end of this manuscript several minor tractates are added. ” (EJ 2008; Hebrew Manuscripts). Portfolio consists of purple wraps, intricately designed; foreword laid in. Subjects: Talmud - Manuscripts - Germany - Münich. OCLC lists 7 copies. Faint institutional marks on second page of laid in foreword; light wear to portfolio, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (ART-22-29) (ID #33406) $375.00.
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  5. Jonah Ben Abraham Gerondi; Elijah Ben Solomon. SHAARE TESHUVAH + SEFER HA-YIRAH + BARAK HA-SHAHAR [THREE VOLUMES BOUND TOGETHER]. Konigsberg; Gruber et Langrien + Vilna: Rom, 1859-1863. Original mixed boards. 12mo. 56, 8, 16 leaves [i. E. 112, 16, 32 pages]. 17 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Three books bound in one. Sha'are teshuvah and Sefer Ha-Yirah both by Jonah ben Abraham Gerondi – the cousin of Nahmanides; the last by the Vilna Gaon, Elijah ben Solomon. Gerondi titles often printed together throughout the nineteenth century, only four listings on oclc for the Konigsberg printing. The first work, Sefer sha'are teshuvah, is missing the title page and approbation verso, otherwise complete (likely a Konigsberg printing); second titled, Sefer Ha-Yir'ah, is complete; third title, Barak Ha-Shahar by the Vilna Gaon is complete as well. The latter two volumes have separate title pages. Subjects: Jewish ethics - To 1492. Fear of God - Judaism. Repentance - Judaism Bible. Proverbs - Commentaries. Bible. Lamentations - Commentaries. Bible. Ecclesiastes - Commentaries. Bible. Ezekiel - Commentaries. Pages lightly soiled and aged; later boards worn, loose. Otherwise fresh and clean. Scarce volumes. Good condition. (RAB-58-31) (ID #34470) $400.00.
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  7. Judah, Ha-Levi; Yehudah Ibn Tibon; Hartwig Hirschfeld. DAS BUCH AL-CHAZARI DES ABU-L-HASAN JEHUDA HALLEWI = SEFER HA-KUZARI = KITAB ALHUG'AH VA-ALDALIL FI NATSR AL-DIN AL-DALIL. Leipzig; O. Schulze, 1887. Original quarter calf and boards. 8vo. XLIX, 361 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In Judeo-Arabic (Arabic text in Hebrew characters); foreword and table of contents in German. The Kitab al Khazari, commonly called the Kuzari, is one of the most famous works of the medieval Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, completed around 1140. Its title is an Arabic phrase meaning Book of the Khazars, while the subtitle 'The book of refutation and proof on behalf of the most despised religion' shows its purpose and context in medieval Jewish thought. Divided into five parts ('ma'amarim' - articles), it takes the form of a dialogue between the rabbi and a pagan, in this book the pagan was the then mythologized by Jews pagan king of the Khazars who was invited to instruct him in the tenets of the Jewish religion. Originally written in Arabic, the book was translated by numerous scholars (including Judah ibn Tibbon) into Hebrew and other languages. In 1887 the Arabic original was published for the first time by Hartwig Hirschfeld. Parallel to his Arabic edition, Hirschfeld also published a critical edition of the Ibn Tibbon translation of the text, based upon six medieval manuscripts. Hirschfeld published the first German translation from the Arabic original, and in 1905 his English translation from Arabic appeared. Hartwig Hirschfeld (1854-1934) “English Orientalist; born at Thorn, Prussia. He studied at Posen, at the universities of Berlin and Strasburg, and at Paris under Derenbourg. In 1887 he edited Judah ha-Levi's 'Cuzari' in Arabic and Hebrew, and translated it into German. Hirschfeld was professor of Biblical exegesis, Semitic languages, and philosophy at the Montefiore College, Ramsgate, England, from 1889 to 1896, and then became master in Semitic languages and sublibrarian at Jews' College, London” - 1906 JE. Attractively bound in original quarter leather, with gilt title, raised bands; marbled boards, decorative endpages. Subjects: Judaism - Apologetic works. Kuzari. Buch Al-Chazari. Light wear to edges, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (GER-44-56) (ID #33795) $500.00.
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  9. Levinsohn, Isaac Baer (1788-1860). TE`UDAH BE-YISRAEL. Vilna ve-Horodna,: A. Y. Ha-Madpisim Menahem Man Ben Barukh [Ve]-Imhah Zimel Ben Menahem Nahum, 1828. 1st Edition. 12mo, xii, 193 pages. 21 cm. 1st edition of Levinsohn's most important work. Levinsohn was one of the founders of the Haskalah in Russia. "He also was known as Ribal (initials of Rabbi Isaac Baer Levinsohn)…From 1820-23 he spread the ideas of the Haskalah as a private tutor in wealthy homes in Berdichev and other towns….Levinsohn's connections with the Russian government gave him authority in Haskalah circles and protected him against the fury of his fanatical opponents. In his memoranda he tried to persuade the Russian authorities to mitigate the persecution of the Jews (his memorandum against the kidnapping of children for military service) and to introduce reforms in the spirit of the Haskalah. He supported a plan for agricultural settlement of Jews, especially those who had lost their livelihood owing to expulsion from the countryside and border areas….Levinsohn's literary work was mainly polemical and propagandistic. It dealt with the social, internal, and external position of the Jews in Eastern Europe. He started his public advocacy of the Haskalah by writing satires, mainly imitations of those by Perl and Erter….In 1823, Levinsohn completed his most influential work Te'udah be-Yisrael ("Testimony in Israel") which, because of Orthodox opposition, did not appear until 1828 (Vilna)….[In it h]e characterized the Hebrew language as "the bond of religion and national survival," uniting all the dispersions of Israel into one people. He severely criticized the traditional Hadarim ("Hebrew schools") which he dubbed "Hadrei mavet" ("rooms of death"). He denounced their talmudic-centered curriculum, their unsystematic method of instruction, and their employment of corporal punishment. He objected to the use of Yiddish and demanded its replacement by "pure" German or Russian. He demonstrated that great Jews of the past knew foreign languages and studied the sciences, and explained the advantages of such studies, both in business and in relations with the authorities. He devoted considerable space to the advocacy of manual labor, especially farming, and criticized Jewish fondness for petty trading. The book had a great impact on Russian Jewish life. Groups formed in many towns which undertook to carry out Levinsohn's proposals. Even a part of Orthodox Jewry received the book sympathetically; only the Hasidim regarded it as a dangerous work. They banned the book and labeled an adherent of the Haskalah with the pejorative epithet te'udke. The Russian government awarded him a prize of 1,000 rubles for Te'udah be-Yisrael.…His contemporaries called him "The Russian Mendelssohn." For the modern reader, only his first book, Te'udah be-Yisrael, is of some historical value. By his personality and literary activity, Levinsohn undoubtedly did much to strengthen the moderate Haskalah. Certain ideas formulated in Te'udah be-Yisrael, such as educational reform and the transition to a life of labor and agriculture, later became a part of the programs of Hibbat Zion, Zionism, and other organizations and movements which preached "the productivization" of the Jewish masses and their adaptation to life in the modern world" (Yehuda Slutsky in EJ, 1972). Repair to title page, with some loss of text. Otherwise Very Good Condition in Good period binding. (HEB-1-22) (ID #18450) $400.00.
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  11. Moses Ben Maimon. THE REASONS OF THE LAWS OF MOSES. London, James Nichols, 1827. 4to, 451 pages. First edition. From the “More Nevochim” of Maimonidies. With notes, dissertations and a life of the author by James Townley. First appearance in English of Maimonidies’ Guide to the Perplexed. The translator, James Townley presents here the “Ta’amei HaMitzvoth” (rationales of the commandments) in the third part of Maimonides’ Moreh Nevuchim. Engraved frontispiece of phylacteries and mezuzah. An uncut copy. Light stains, contemporary boards, worn, spine repaired. (Spec-12-5) (ID #25533) $500.00.
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  13. Nikelsburger, Jacob. KOUL JACOB IN DEFENCE OF THE JEWISH RELIGION: CONTAINING THE ARGUMENTS OF THE REV. C.F. FREY, ONE OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE LONDON SOCIETY FOR THE CONVERSION OF THE JEWS, AND ANSWERS THERETO. New York; John Reid, 1816. Original Boards. 8vo. 79 pages. 23 cm. First American edition. In English, with some Hebrew. Singerman 0260. Kol Ya’akov = Koul Jacob, in Defence of the Jewish Religion. Nikelsburger takes up the cudgels with an apostate Jew, Rev. Frey, so intent on converting his former coreligionists to Christianity that he is willing to take liberties with Scripture. As the author puts it in his opening letter to Frey: “In your eagerness to convert the Jews to your way of thinking, you make no scruples of converting and perverting the prophets, by turning their words to a meaning, which you conceive to (ID #34455) $450.00.
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  15. Solomon Ben Abraham, 1610?-Ca. 1683. SEFER RATSUF AHAVAH VE-HU MAHBERET BE'UR DIBURE HA-TOSAFOT HA-SHAYAKHIM LE-INYAN DERASHA... ASHER HIBARTI SHELOMOH ALGAZI. Frankfurt De-Odrah: Yohanan Kristif Bekman, 1692. 452 [1691 or 1692]. Cloth, 8vo, 104 leaves. 22 cm. Subject (s): Tosafot -- Early works to 1800. Aggada -- Early works to 1800. Homiletical illustrations, Jewish -- Early works to 1800. Other titles: Ahavat 'Olam; Apiryon Shelomoh. OCLC lists 7 copies worldwide. JTS keeps their copy, which lacks the final 4 leaves, in their rare book room. Bit of margin wear to first and final leaves, minor worming here and there, otherwise a nice copy. (heb-37-12) (ID #27637) $425.00.
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  17. , Ashkenazi, Shmuel; Dov Jarden. OTSAR RASHE TEVOT: BA-LASHON UVA-SIFRUT MI-YEME KEDEM VE-AD YAMENU. Jerusalem; Hotsa'at Reu'ven Mas, 1965. Original Cloth. 8vo. 600 Columns. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Ozar rashe tevot; thesaurus of Hebrew abbreviations. Thesaurus of Abbreviations in the Hebrew Language and Literature from Ancient to Current Days. “The work, published in Jerusalem by Mass in 1965, incorporated the material collected by Handler, Halpern and others with abbreviations that had come into being since the publication of the earlier works. The Otsar was immediately accepted as an important reference work and reissued several times. ” - Brisman, p. 119, A History and Guide to Judaic Dictionaries and Concordances. Subjects: Abbreviations, Hebrew - Dictionaries. Rabbinic Acronyms. Hebrew language - Dictionaries. Abbreviations, Hebrew. Hebrew language. Dictionaries. Light soiling to cloth and outer edges, previous owners notes on first endpage, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (BIBLIOG-36-3) (ID #34296) $50.00.
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  19. Morais, Sabato; Julius H Greenstone; Samuel David Luzzatto. ITALIAN HEBREW LITERATURE. New York; Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1926. Publishers cloth. 8vo. VI, 244 pages. 24 cm. First separate edition. With essays on the writings of Shabbetai Donnolo, Nathan Ben Yehiel, Immanuel of Rome, Elias del Medigo, Azariah de Rossi, David Nieto, Samuel David Luzzatto, Philoxene Luzzatto; biographical sketches of Samuel Alatri, Isaac Artom, Allesandro Malvano, etc. By Sabato Morais; edited by Julius H. Greenstone; with a foreword by Henry S. Morais. Includes "A critical and hermeneutical introduction to the Pentateuch, " by S. D. Luzzatto: p. [93]-152. The author, Sabato Morais was an “American rabbi; born at Leghorn, Italy, April 13, 1823; died at Philadelphia Nov. 11, 1897. The Morais family came originally from Portugal, being probably among the large number of Jews who fled thence from the Inquisition. At the time of Sabato's birth Italy was in the thick of her great struggle for freedom … he formed a close friendship with Joseph Mazzini; and that patriot's struggle for Italian freedom was warmly seconded by Morais. … In 1850, owing to the withdrawal of Isaac Leeser, the pulpit of the Mickve Israel congregation at Philadelphia, PA, became vacant, and Morais was an applicant for the post. He arrived in Philadelphia on March 17, 1851, and was elected April 13 following, the synagogue services in the interval being conducted by him. … When, in 1867, Maimonides College was established in Philadelphia, Morais was made professor of the Bible and of Biblical literature; and he held the chair during the six years that the college existed. For a number of years thereafter he felt the urgent need of an institution for the training of Jewish ministers on historical and traditional lines; and the declarations of the Pittsburg Conference in 1885 urged him to immediate action. After a considerable agitation of the subject he succeeded, in conjunction with a few others, in establishing (Jan, 1886) the Jewish Theological Seminary at New York. He was at once made president of the faculty and professor of Bible, holding both posts until his death. Unquestionably the establishment of the seminary constitutes Morais' most lasting influence upon Judaism in America. The directors of that body have fittingly recognized his memory by naming the chair of Biblical literature and exegesis ‘the Sabato Morais professorship. ’ In 1887 the University of Pennsylvania conferred upon him the honorary degree of doctor of laws, he being the first Jew so honored by that institution. ” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) Subjects: Hebrew literature - Italy. Jews - Italy - Biography. Bible. O. T. Pentateuch - Criticism, interpretation, etc. With the signature of previous owner (Ravid) on endpage. Very fresh and clean. Great condition. (BIBLIOG-33-50A) (ID #31956) $75.00.
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  21. Ashkenazi, Shmuel; Dov Jarden. OTSAR RASHE TEVOT: BA-LASHON UVA-SIFRUT MI-YEME KEDEM VE-AD YAMENU. Jerusalem; Hotsa'at Reu'ven Mas, 1978. Original Cloth. 8vo. 600 Columns. 25 cm. Later edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Ozar rashe tevot; thesaurus of Hebrew abbreviations. Thesaurus of Abbreviations in the Hebrew Language and Literature from Ancient to Current Days. “The work, published in Jerusalem by Mass in 1965, incorporated the material collected by Handler, Halpern and others with abbreviations that had come into being since the publication of the earlier works. The Otsar was immediately accepted as an important reference work and reissued several times. ” - Brisman, p. 119, A History and Guide to Judaic Dictionaries and Concordances. Subjects: Abbreviations, Hebrew - Dictionaries. Rabbinic Acronyms. Hebrew language - Dictionaries. Abbreviations, Hebrew. Hebrew language. Dictionaries. Light shelf wear, light soiling to rear board. Pages with columns 177-240 discolored, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (BIBLIOG-36-4) (ID #34297) $40.00.
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  23. Guttmann, Jacob. DIE SCHOLASTIK DES DREIZEHNTEN JAHRHUNDERTS IN IHREN BEZIEHUNGEN ZUM JUDENTHUM UND ZUR JÜDISCHEN LITERATUR. Breslau; M. & H. Marcus, 1902. Original Wraps. 8vo. VII, 188 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German. 'Scholasticism of the thirteenth century and its relations to Judaism and Jewish literature. ' “In Die Scholastik des 13. Jahrhunderts in ihrem Beziehungen zum Judentum und zur juedischen Literatur (1902), Guttmann discussed the influence of Maimonides, Gabirol, and Isaac Israeli upon William of Aurenge, Albertus Magnus, Duns Scotus, Roger Bacon, and others. ” - 2008 EJ. Jacob Guttmann (1845–1919), was a “historian of Jewish philosophy. Born in Beuther (Bytom), Silesia, Guttmann studied at the University of Breslau, and at the Jewish Theological Seminary of that city. His doctoral thesis dealt with the relation between Spinoza and Descartes (De Cartesii Spinozaeque philosophiis, 1868). He served as a rabbi in Hildesheim from 1874 to 1892, and in Breslau from 1892 until his death. From 1910 he was president of the German Rabbinical Assembly (Rabbinerverband). Guttmann published a number of monographs, each of which gives a detailed exposition of the doctrine and sometimes of the sources of some medieval Jewish philosophers. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Scholasticism. Jewish philosophy. Maimonides. Duns Scotus. Light soiling to wraps, light bumping to edges. Pages uncut, never before read. Very good condition. (GER-45-13) (ID #33819) $30.00.
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  25. Iakerson, Shimon. CATALOGUE OF HEBREW INCUNABULA FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LIBRARY OF THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF AMERICA = KATALOG HA-INKUNABULIM HA-`IVRIYIM ME-OSEF SIFRIYAT BET HA-MIDRASH LE-RABANIM BA-AMERIKAH. New York And Jerusalem, The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 2004-2005. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 4to. 2 volumes. 670, 568, lxxvii pages. Illus. Facsims. Maps. 31 cm. In Hebrew and English. The library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America is the largest and most extensive collection of Hebraic and Judaic material in the western hemisphere. The collection of incunabula represents products of all the printing presses we know of as well as all the groups of books that were published in anonymous ones. This catalogue “describes the 127 Hebrew incunabula in the [JTSA] collection – the largest in the world – printed beginning from the 1460s until 1501… The breadth of the collection showcases the unique qualities of Hebrew printing found first in Italy and later in Spain, Portugal and Turkey in the areas of Bible, Talmud, biblical commentaries, halakhah, prayer, linguistics, ethics, literature, history, philosophy and science. ” SUBJECT (S): Incunabula -- New York (State) -- New York -- Bibliography -- Catalogs. Hebrew imprints -- New York (State) -- New York -- Catalogs. Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Heather gray cloth with stamped drawing on covers and red lettering on spine. Ornate maps of 15th century European presses on lining papers. Volumes stored in matching cloth-covered slipcase. New, Fine Condition in Fine Slipcase. (ID #27028) $375.00.
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  27. Jacob Ben Hayyim Ibn Adonijah; Christian D Ginsburg. HAKDAMAT YAAKOV BEN HAYIM N. ADONIYAHU HA-NIMTSET BE-MIKRAOT GEDOLOT = JACOB BEN CHAJIM IBN ADONIJAH'S INTRODUCTION TO THE RABBINIC BIBLE. London; Longmans, Green, Reader, And Dyer, 1867. Original Cloth. 8vo. VIII, 91 pages. 23 cm. Second edition. Hebrew and English in parallel columns; with explanatory notes by Christian D. Ginsburg. Jacob Ben Hayyim ben Isaac Ibn Adonijah was a Masorite and printer; born about 1470 at Tunis (hence sometimes called Tunisi); died before 1538. He left his native country in consequence of the persecutions that broke out there at the beginning of the sixteenth century. After residing at Rome and Florence he settled at Venice, where he was engaged as corrector of the Hebrew press of Daniel Bomberg. Late in life he embraced Christianity. Jacob's name is known chiefly in connection with his edition of the Rabbinical Bible (1524-25), which he supplied with Masoretic notes and an introduction which treats of the Masorah, of 'kere' and 'ketib, ' and of the discrepancies between the Talmudists and the Masorah. The value of his activity as a Masorite was recognized even by Elijah Levita, who, however, often finds fault with his selections (second introduction to 'Massoret ha-Massoret, ' ed. Ginsburg). Jacob's introduction to the Rabbinical Bible was translated into Latin by Claude Capellus ("De Mari Rabbinico Infido, " vol. Ii ch. 4, Paris, 1667), and into English by Christian D. Ginsburg (Longham, 1865). ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Masorah. Criticism, interpretation, etc. Bible. Old Testament. - Criticism, Textual. Very clean and fresh in original binding. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-13) (ID #34452) $125.00.
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  29. Rakover, Nahum. OTSAR HA-MISHPAT: MAFTEAH BIBLIYOGRAFI LA-MISHPAT HA-IVRI = A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF JEWISH LAW: MODERN BOOKS, MONOGRAPHS AND ARTICLES IN HEBREW. Jerusalem; Harry Fischel Institute For Research In Jewish Law, 1975. Original Cloth. 8vo. 546 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Bibliography of Jewish Law, contains 12, 098 entries. A comprehensive bibliography of books, journal articles and other published materials written in Hebrew on Jewish Law, in just about every field of law. The author, Nahum Rakover, professor emeritus at Bar-Ilan University, is an Israeli former Deputy Attorney General in Israel; a leading researcher in the area of applying traditional Jewish rabbinic law to Israel's state legal system; a prolific author on Jewish law and associated with the Mishpat Ivri movement, and is the author of over 30 books and 200 articles. In addition to important monographs, he has compiled several bibliographies on the use of Jewish law in Israeli judicial opinions, legislative deliberations, and scholarship. Subjects: Jewish law - Bibliography. Jewish law. Bibliography. Light wear to cloth, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (BIBLIOG-36-15) (ID #34308) $30.00.
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  31. Solomon Ben Joseph Ganzfried; Moses Sofer. KESET [KESSES] HA-SOFER. DINE KETIVAT SEFER TORAH, TEFILIN U-MEZUZOT U-MEGILAT ESTER VE-TIKUNEHEM. Varsha (Warsaw), Bi-Defus Meir Yehiel Halter Ve-Shutafo, 1899. Period boards, 16mo (small), [80] pages. “Meluk'at U-meh'ubar me-et [ha-Rav] Shelomoh Gantsfrid me-Ungvar.” “Shlomo Ganzfried (or Salomo ben Joseph Ganzfried; Ungvar, 1804 – 30 July 1886, Ungvar) was an Orthodox rabbi and posek best known as author of the work of Halakha (Jewish law), the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch ("The Abbreviated Shulchan Aruch"), by which title he is also known. Ganzfried was born in 1804 in Ungvar, in the Ung County of the Kingdom of Hungary (present-day Ukraine). His father Joseph died when he was eight. Ganzfried was considered to be a child prodigy and Ungvar's chief rabbi and Rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Heller assumed legal guardianship; Heller was known as "Hershele the Sharp-witted" for his piercing insights into the Talmud. Heller later moved to the city of Bonyhád, and Ganzfried, then fifteen, followed him. He remained in Heller's yeshiva for almost a decade until his ordination and marriage…. In 1830, he…accepted the position of Rabbi of Brezovica (Brezevitz). In 1849, he returned to Ungvar as a dayan, a judge in the religious court. At that time Ungvar's spiritual head, Rabbi Meir Ash, was active in the Orthodox camp, in opposition to the Neologs. Through serving with Ash, Ganzfried realised that in order to remain committed to Orthodoxy, ‘the average Jew required an underpinning of a knowledge of practical halakha (Jewish law) ’. It was to this end that Ganzfried composed the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. This work became very popular, and was frequently reprinted in Hebrew and in Yiddish. This work often records more stringent positions. Rabbi Ganzfried remained in the office of Dayan until his death on July 30, 1886” (Wikipedia, 2014). SUBJECT(S): Scribes, Jewish. Torah scrolls (Jewish law). OCLC lists 3 copies of this edition (GWU, Harvard, Penn), none in New York and none outside the East Coast. (rab-59-5) (ID #34561) $50.00.
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  33. Levy, M. A. DON JOSEPH NASI, HERZOG VON NAXOS, SEINE FAMILIE UND ZWEI ZWEI JÜDISCHE DIPLOMATEN SEINER ZEIT. EINE BIOGRAPHIE NACH NEUEN QUELLEN DARGESTELLT. Breslau, Schletter (H. Skutsch), 1859. Later boards, 8vo, iv, 57 pages, 24 cm. In German. SUBJECT (S): Nasi, Joseph, 1520-1579. Number 1 in a volume of pamphlets lettered: Iles de la Grece. Bibliographical citations. Levy was a German orientalist and teacher, preeminent in the field of semitic paleography. (JE) Bound in attractive later boards, very good condition. (Rab-44-1A) (ID #34424) $100.00.
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  35. (Aszod, Judah). Büchler, Sigmund. DIE LEBENSGESCHICHTE DES RABBI JUDA ASZÓD, 5556-5626. Dunajská Streda; Armin Weisz, 1933. Later wrappers, with original wraps bound in. 8vo. 79 pages. 23 cm. Second edition. In German, with some Hebrew. 'The Life History of Rabbi Judah Aszod'. Written by Sigmund Buchler, Chief Rabbi of Albert-Irsa. This edition published in Dunajska Streda, now part of Southern Slovakia. First edition published 1901, Budapest. Yehudah Aszod (1796–1866), “rabbi and halakhic scholar. A leading figure in the Hungarian Orthodox rabbinate during the mid-nineteenth century, Yehudah Aszód achieved renown both as an expert halakhic adjudicator and as an outspoken opponent of educational and religious reform. Unlike some of his younger Hungarian contemporaries, however, Aszód did not promote a uniformly strict and antimodernist approach. Instead, he exemplified a more pragmatic and less doctrinaire Hungarian Orthodoxy than that which later became the norm. Toward the end of his life, he also gained a reputation as one who possessed great mystical abilities. ” -Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Subjects: Rabbis - Slovakia - Dunajská Streda. Rabbis - Hungary - Pest. Aszod, Judah ben Israel, 1794-1866. OCLC lists 14 copies. Original Wraps show heavy wear, repaired to edges and reattached to with tape, but later wrappers, on the outside, are good. Light soiling internally, lightly bumped corner, otherwise fresh. Good condition. (GER-43-2) (ID #33589) $100.00.
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  37. [Yitshak Elhanan Spektor] Aronzohn, Eliezer Hilel Ben Yitshak Ayzik, Ha-Kohen. SEFER EREZ BA-LEVANON: KOLEL DERUSH AL DEREKH MUSAR HASKEL UVE-TOKHO RATSUF HESPED AL... YITSHAK ELHANAN SPEKTOR.... Frankfurt De- Main; Bi-Defus A. Slovattski, 1896. Period Boards. 8vo. 31 pages. 20 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Funeral Eulogy for Isaac Elhanan Spektor (1817-1896) “rabbi, leader of traditional Jewry in Russia, halakhic authority, and supporter of the Hibat Tsiyon (Love of Zion) movement. Yitshak Elhanan Spektor served as rabbi in various communities in the Russia Empire, the most important of which was Kovno in Lithuania (1864–1896) ” - Yivo Encyclopedia. “He corresponded with the leading rabbis of western Europe, and was the anonymous friend who induced Samson Raphael Hirsch to write 'Ueber die Beziehung des Talmuds zum Judenthum. ' In his later years he was revered by the Jews of Russia; and his death caused mourning in Orthodox communities throughout the world. ” - 1906 JE. Contains the bookstamp of Rabbi Benzion Eisenstadt (bookstamp is in Hebrew and English). Subjects: Eulogies. Jewish funeral sermons. Spektor, Isaac Elhanan, 1817-1896. OCLC lists 8 copies. Outer edge of binding fragile and chipped; aged, with light soiling throughout. Good condition. (GER-44-46) (ID #33785) $225.00.
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  39. Agus, Irving Abraham. RABBI MEIR OF ROTHENBURG, HIS LIFE AND HIS WORKS AS SOURCES FOR THE RELIGIOUS, LEGAL, AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF GERMANY IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY [TWO VOLUMES; GIFT INSCRIBED TO RABBI ROBERT LEHMAN]. Philadelphia; Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1947. Original Cloth. 8vo. XXXIII, 749 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Complete in two volumes. Gilt inscription on cloth of both volumes, “Presented to Rabbi Robert Lehman”. On first endpage of volume one, contains finely written dedication, dated 5 Adar 11, 5719, from the Jewish Community Center of Paramus. Robert Lehman, a refugee from Nazism, served as Rabbi in New York and New Jersey, as well as in Vienna. Rabbi Lehman was a former president of the New York Association of Reform Rabbis and the American Federation of Jews from Central Europe. He served on national committees of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and on the executive committee of the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors. Bibliography: v. 2, p. 703-719. Both a biography of Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg, a collection of his responsa translated from manuscripts, and a history of Jewish life in thirteenth century Germany. Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg (c. 1215–1293), teacher, scholar, tosafist, and supreme arbiter in ritual, legal, and community matters in Germany. Subjects: Responsa. Responsa - 1040-1600. Jews - Germany. Meir ben Baruch, of Rothenburg, approximately 1215-1293. Light soiling to cloth, light chipping along backstrip, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (GER-43-53) (ID #33641) $100.00.
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  41. Glenn, Menahem G. ISRAEL SALANTER, RELIGIOUS-ETHICAL THINKER. THE STORY OF A RELIGIOUS-ETHICAL CURRENT IN NINETEENTH CENTURY JUDAISM. New York: Bloch New York: Bloch Publishing Company, 1953. Cloth. 8vo. Xii, 219 pages. Includes several indexes. SUBJECT(S): Salanter, Israel, 1810-1883. Salanter was the founder of the Musar movement, which advocated for “movement for the education of the individual toward strict ethical behavior in the spirit of halakhah; it arose in the 19th century, continuing into the 20th, in the Jewish culture of the mitnaggedim in Lithuania, in particular becoming a trend in its yeshivot. ” (Ben-Sasson, EJ) Very good condition. (RAB-15-5A) (ID #34438) $40.00.
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  43. Kasher, Menahem; Yaakov Dov Mandelboim; Israel M Ta-Shma. SARE HA-ELEF: RESHIMAT HA-SEFARIM SHEBI-DEFUS U-MEHABREHEM... MI-ZEMAN HATIMAT HA-TALMUD, SHENAT 4260, AD SHENAT 5260, TEKUFAT HA-SHULHAN ARUKH. BE-TOSEFET RESHIMAT KOL SIFRE HA-TANA'IM VEHA-AMORA'IM VEHA-MEYUHASIM LA-HEM. Nyu York; Mekhon Torah Shelemah, 1959. Original Cloth. 8vo. 15, 455 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Sarei ha-elef; a millenium of Hebrew authors (4260-5260, 500-1500 CE): a complete bibliographical compendium of Hebraica written during the thousand-year period between the close of the Talmud and the beginning of the Shulhan Aruch. Subjects: Rabbinical literature - Bibliography. Rabbinical literature. Bibliography. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (BIBLIOG-36-14) (ID #34307) $75.00.
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  45. Kasher, Menahem; Jacob Ber Mandelbaum. SARE HA-ELEF: RISHIMAT HA-SEFARIM SHE-BIDEFUS U-MEHAVEREYHEM SHE-HAYU BI-TEKUFAH BAT ELEF SHANIM [TWO VOLUMES]. Yerushalayim; Bet Torah Shelemah, 1978. Original Cloth. 8vo. 11, 776 pages. 24 cm. Second edition. Two Volumes. In Hebrew. Added English title page: 'Sarei ha-elef. (New edition). A millenium of Hebrew authors (4260-5260: 500-1500 CE). A complete bibliographical compendium of Hebraica written during the thousand-year period between the close of the Talmud and the beginning of the Shulhan Aruch. All books extant are described and their authors listed. Appended hereto also is a complete listing of all Hebrew books extant created from post-Biblical times through the Talmudic-Midrashic period. The volume comprises seven divisions: 1. Post-Biblical literature. 2. Commentaries on the Pentateuch. 3. Commentaries on the Prophets and Writings. 4. Commentaries on the Talmud. 5. Responsa. 6. The Codes. 7. Others (grammar, philosophy, ethics, mysticism, etc. ). Cross-indexed by author, title and subject. ' First published New York, 1959. Subjects: Rabbinical literature - Bibliography. Judaism - History - Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789 - Sources – Bibliography. Light wear to cloth, very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (BIBLIOG-36-13) (ID #34306) $135.00.
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  47. Vunder, Meir. MEORE GALITSYAH: ENTSIKLOPEDYAH LE-HAKHME GALITSYAH MEOREI GALICIA: ENCYCLOPEDIA OF GALICIAN RABBIS AND SCHOLARS [FOUR VOLUMES OF SIX: ALEF-DALET; HEI-CHEIT; TEIT-AYIN; PEI-REISH]. Yerushalayim; Makhon Le-Hantsahat Yahadut Galitsyah, 1978-1990. Original Hardback. 4to. 889; 1, 100; 1, 156; 1, 076 Columns. 28 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Four volume Encyclopedia of Galician Scholars, Alef through Reish. A total of six volumes were published, only four collected here (volumes 5 and 6 not included: Shin-Tav, published 1997; Additions and Corrections, published 2005). Published Jerusalem: Institute for Commemoration of Galician Jewry. Extensively detailed genealogies of Galician rabbinical families are arranged alphabetically by surname. Most family sections include a genealogical chart. For prominent rabbis of each family biographical material is included, in particular rabbinical compositions, responsa correspondence and photographs. There is updated information of generations contemporaneous to the writing of the book. Many sources are quoted for each family and there is an extensive bibliography. This impressive and scholarly work is the most extensive and reliable source of rabbinical genealogy written in the twentieth century. Rabbi Meir Wunder was born in Haifa to a family which originated in Jaroslaw, Galicia. His rabbinic education was obtained at Poneveiz Yeshiva in Bnei Brak where he received rabbinical ordination from prominent rabbis. He also qualified as a rabbinical lawyer. After he attained general and pedagogical education and qualified for a B. A., Rabbi Wunder taught at various schools. He holds qualification from the School of Librarianship of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and for many years managed the library at Poneveiz Yeshiva and other institutions. The principal part of his career was spent as a senior librarian at the National Library at the Hebrew University. It was there that he had the essential access to the sources for his rabbinical genealogical research. Subjects: (880-06) Rabbis - Galicia (Poland and Ukraine) - Biography - Dictionaries - Hebrew. Jewish scholars - Galicia (Poland and Ukraine) - Biography - Dictionaries - Hebrew. Jewish scholars. Rabbis. Biography - Dictionaries. Europe - Galicia. Condition. (BIBLIOG-36-11) (ID #34304) $150.00.
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  49. Waxman, Meyer. THE PHILOSOPHY OF DON HASDAI CRESCAS. New York; Columbia University Press, 1920. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, 162 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Columbia University Oriental studies, v. 17. Important study of the philosophical writings of Hasdai Crescas, head of the Jewish community of Aragon in the later 14th century, major medieval Jewish philosopher, though later forgotten, who was intensely critical of Aristotle and Maimonides; he was a major influence on Spinoza. Study written by Meyer Waxman (1887–1969), famed for his magnus opus 'History of Jewish Literature', who worked as principal of the Mizrachi Teachers Seminary (1917–21) and director of the Mizrachi Zionist organization (1921–24) during the time this study was published. Subjects: Crescas, Hasdai, 1340-approximately 1410. Crescas, Hasdai, 1340-ca. 1410. Light soiling to cloth, light foxing on endpages, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-2) (ID #34441) $50.00.
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  51. Ginzberg, Louis. GEONICA. COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES: VOL. I THE GEONIM AND THE HALAKIC WRITINGS; VOL. II GENIZAH STUDIES. New York The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1909. First edition. Original publishers cloth with gilt, 8vo, XII+210+425 pages. Vol I is mostly in English and Vol II is mostly in Hebrew. The 2nd volume consists of 47 halakic fragments from the Cario Genizah, mainly Geonic responsa containing many interesting Halakic views. All are copiously annotated & critically examined by the author. Index. Very Good+ Condition, an outstanding beautiful set in the original bindings. (rab-59-14) (ID #34571) $135.00.
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  53. Ginzberg, Louis. SERIDE HA-YERUSHALMI MIN HA-GENIZAH ASHER BE-MITSRAYIM. HELEK 1': GUF HA-YERUSHALMI ASHER NIMTSA BE-HA-GENIZAH IM SHINUYE NUSHA'OT SHEL HA-HOTSA'AH HA-RISHONAH...YERUSHALMI FRAGMENTS FROM THE GENIZAH. VOLUME I: TEXT WITH VARIOUS READINGS FROM THE EDITIO. PERCEPTS. [No More Issued]. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary, 1909. 1st Edition. 8vo; ix, 372 pages; Texts and studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America #3. In Hebrew with English preface and title page. Solomon Grayzel's copy with his attractive bookplate. Grayzel was a Russian-born U. S. Historian and communal leader. He taught Jewish history at Gratz & Dropsie Colleges, and was editor-in-chief of the Jewish Publication Society of America. (Simcha Berkowitz, EJ) Good Condition. (AMR-19-18A) (ID #34423) $75.00.
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  55. Mann, Jacob; Sonne, Isaiah. THE BIBLE AS READ AND PREACHED IN THE OLD SYNAGOGUE. A STUDY IN THE CYCLES OF THE READINGS FROM TORAH AND PROPHETS, AS WELL AS FROM PSLAMS, AND IN THE STRUCTURE. Cincinnati, Ohio The Man-Sonne Publication Committee \ Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute Of Religion, 1940-1966. 1st edition. Two Volume Set. 235x160 mm. [XI+574+346] + [XLI+255+239] pages. Hardcover. Review Set with slip laid in. Each volume has an English and Hebrew section. Volume I was compiled by Mann who hoped to complete his work in three volumes. He died in 1940 and Isaiah Sonne took up the task using Mann's notes. Volume Two includes the wortk that Sonne was able to complete before his own death in 1960. The over all work was never completed. "In his work, The Bible as read and preached in the Old Synagogue; a study in the cycles of the reading from Torah and Prophets, as well as from Psalms and in the structure of the Midrashic homilies, he tried to establish the dependence of the Midrashim from the chapters of the Torah and from the haftarot which were read on the Sabbath on cycles of three and one-half years respectively" (JewishVirtualLibrary 2014). Bible Biblical Criticism Judaism - Judaica Mishnah Midrash Aggadah & Talmud. Both volumes Very Good Condition. An Outstanding Set. (rab-59-6) (ID #34563) $150.00.
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  57. Mann, Jacob. THE BIBLE AS READ AND PREACHED IN THE OLD SYNAGOGUE. A STUDY IN THE CYCLES OF THE READINGS FROM TORAH AND PROPHETS, AS WELL AS FROM PSLAMS, AND IN THE STRUCTURE. Vol I only, in reprint. Cincinnati, Ohio The Author, 1940. Reprint from Israel ca 1970. Bound in two parts, one for the English section and one for the Hebrew section of the original Volume I. [XI+574+346] Hardcover. Both parts Very Good Condition. (rab-59-7) (ID #34562) $60.00.
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  59. Kaufmann, David. DIE THEOLOGIE DES BACHJA IBN PAKUDA. Wien; In Commission Bei K. Gerold, 1874. Later Cloth. 8vo. 102 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In German, with Hebrew and Arabic. 'The Theology of Bahya Ibn Pakuda'. Important treatise on the Dayyan Bahhya Ibn Pakuda (active 11th century), with discussions on the faculties of the soul, neoplatonism, and later philosophers indebted to Pakuda. First published work of David Kaufmann (1852-1899); “Austrian scholar … His first and most important works, dealing with the philosophy of religion, include: 'Die Theologie des Bachja ibn Pakuda, Verfasser des, ' a prize essay written while a student at the seminary (in 'Berichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, ' Vienna, 1874) ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Bahya ben Joseph ibn Pakuda, 11th century. OCLC lists 19 copies. Binding previously rebacked with tape; internally very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (GER-43-28) (ID #33616) $40.00.
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  61. Nissim Ben Jacob Ben Nissim Ibn Shahin; Julian Obermann. THE ARABIC ORIGINAL OF IBN SHAHIN'S BOOK OF COMFORT, KNOWN AS THE HIBBUR YAPHE OF R. NISSIM B. YA'AQOBH. New Haven, Yale University Press; Paris, P. Geuthner, 1933. Original Cloth. 4to. LIX, CLIV, 183 pages. 29 cm. First edition. In English and Judeo-Arabic. The manuscript of the Book of comfort. Edited from the unique manuscript by Julian Obermann. Facsimile edition of a Judeo-Arabic ms. With transcription into Arabic; introduction and notes in English. Yale oriental series. Researches, XVII. Nissim ben Jacob ben Nissim ibn Shahin (c. 990–1062), “together with Hananel b. Hushi'el, the outstanding leader and talmudist of North Africa. … Hibbur me-haYeshu'ah (Ferrara, 1557), Nissim's best-known work, is a collection of Hebrew stories and folktales taken from early sources. It is designed to strengthen belief, faith, and morality among the people and to raise their spirit. This work, possibly the first prose storybook in medieval Hebrew literature, paved the way for Hebrew belletristic literature as a literary genre. Tradition has it that Nissim dedicated the book to his father-in-law, Dunash, who is otherwise unknown, to console him in his mourning. The first printed edition was published from an early Hebrew translation, and the Arabic text was published by J. Obermann. The Hebrew version has been frequently republished, not always according to the same translation. A new Hebrew translation, together with critical annotations by H. Z. Hirschberg, was published in 1954. Additional Arabic texts have been published by S. Abramson. The work circulated widely even before its first printing, and had a great influence on similar story collections. Ma'asiyyot she-ba-Talmud (Constantinople, 1519) was based upon it, and the Hibbur ha-Ma'asiyyot (ibid, 1519) is an anthology of its stories. Many of the stories included by Gaster in his The Exempla of the Rabbis (1924; 19682) were taken from it. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Talmud - Legends. Jewish legends. Aggada - Translations into English. Folk literature, Judeo-Arabic - Translations into English. Endpages and cloth soiled, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-58-39) (ID #34478) $135.00.
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  63. [Anne Frank Related] Schmiedl, Adolf Abraham. STUDIEN ÜBER JÜDISCHE, INSONDERS JÜDISCHE-ARABISCHE RELIGIONSPHILOSOPHIE. Wien, Herzfeld & Bauer, 1869. Original boards. 8vo. VI, 332 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Contains bookstamp of Rabbi Davin Schoenberger of Aachen (who served as chief rabbi of Aachen, Germany, from 1926 to 1938; he performed the marriage of Anne Frank's parents, as reported in his obituary in the New York Times, December 10, 1989). In German, some Hebrew throughout. “Studies in Jewish and Jewish-Arabic Religious Philosophy. ' Extensive study of medieval Jewish religious philosophy; focuses on theological discussions, Aristotelianism, Maimonides, etc. Adolf Abraham Schmiedl (1821–1914), “Austrian rabbi and scholar. Born at Prossnitz (Prostejov), Moravia, Schmiedl served as rabbi in Gewitsch, Moravia (1846–49); then as Landesrabbiner at Teschen, Silesia (to 1852) and later at Bielitz (Bielsko), Prosnitz, and Vienna. ” - 2008 EJ. Bound in original marbled boards. Subjects: Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. Backstrip absent, light foxing throughout, corners of boards lightly bumped, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (GER-44-35) (ID #33770) $500.00.
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  65. Another copy, no stamp, also Original boards. 8vo. VI, 332 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Backstrip absent, light soiling throughout, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (GER-44-35A) (ID #33784) $50.00.
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  67. Wolfson, Harry Austryn. THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE KALAM. Cambridge, Mass.; London: Harvard University Press, 1976. Original Cloth. 8vo. Xxvii, 779 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In the series: Structure and growth of philosophic systems from Plato to Spinoza 4. “In this long-awaited volume, on which he worked for twenty years, Harry Austryn Wolfson describes the body of doctrine known as the Kalam. Kalam, an Arabic term meaning 'speech' and hence 'discussion, ' was applied to early attempts in Islam to adduce philosophic proofs for religious beliefs. It later came to designate a system of religious philosophy which reached its highest point in the eleventh century; the masters of Kalam, known as Mutakallimun, were in many respects the Muslim equivalent of the Christian Church Fathers. Mr. Wolfson studies the Kalam systematically, unfolding its philosophic origins and implications and observing its repercussions in other religions. He scrutinizes the texts of Muslim writers for their treatment of such crucial problems as the attributes of God, the Creation, causality, predestination, and free will. In the process he shows how the teachings of the Koran were constantly interwoven with ideas from Greek and Oriental philosophies, Judaism, and Christianity as Islamic thought developed. ” - Publishers description. Subjects: Islam - Doctrines. Jacket absent. Otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-29) (ID #34468) $75.00.
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  69. Wolfson, Harry Austryn. REPERCUSSIONS OF THE KALAM IN JEWISH PHILOSOPHY. Cambridge, Mass; Harvard University Press, 1979. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, 238 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Companion volume to the author's The Philosophy of the Kalam. Table of contents: I. Attributes and Trinity 1. Al-Mukammas 2. Saadia 3. Kirkisani 4. Joseph al-Basir 5. Joseph ibn Saddik 6. Judah Hadassi 7. Maimonides II. The Semantic Aspect of the Problem of Attributes 1. Al-Mukammas 2. Saadia 3. Joseph al-Basir 4. Joseph ibn Saddik 5. Judah Halevi 6. Maimonides III. Christology IV. The Pre-Existent Koran and the Pre-Existent Law 1. Minor Midrashim 2. Saadia 3. Kirkisani 4. Joseph al-Basir 5. Judah ben Barzillai 6. Judah Halevi 7. Abraham ibn Ezra 8. Judah Hadassi 9. Maimonides V. Pre-Existent Throne and Created Will 1. Pre-Existent Throne 2. Created Will VI. Unapproved Theories of Creation 1. Plato’s Pre-Existent Eternal Matter Atomized 2. The Eternal Air of Anaximenes Emanationalized 3. The Eternal Water of a Partly Neoplatonized Thales Atomized 4. Dualism 5. The Four Elements of Empedocles 6. The Infinite of Anaximander 7. The Aristotelian Eternity of the World 8. Epicurean Atomism and Chance 9. The Dahriyyah’s Eternity of the World and Who the Dahriyyah Were 10. The “Know-Nothingism” of Protagoras, Pyrrho, and Carneades VII. Theory of Atoms VIII. Causality 1. Saadia and Bahya 2. Judah Halevi and Abraham ibn Daud 3. Maimonides 4. Joseph al-Basir and Jeshua ben Judah 5. Impossibilities IX. Free Will 1. Maimonides’ Restatement of the Mutakallimun’s Views on Predestination and Free Will 2. The Antinomies of Free Will. Harry Austryn Wolfson (1887-1974) was Nathan Littauer Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Emeritus, at Harvard University. Subjects: Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. Kalam. Islam - Doctrines - Relations - Judaïsme - Doctrines - Moyen âge. Light wear to jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-28) (ID #34467) $30.00.
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  71. Lindo, Elias H. HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL. Burt Franklin, 1970. Cloth, 8vo, xiv, 384 pages. Reprint of the 1848 1st edition. Vivid account of an history which reaches back over two thousand years and is directly related to Sephardic history, a Jewish ethnic division that represents communities who have originated in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). This work is complete with its facsimile of the inscription in the synagogue of Toledo, and two full-page engravings depicting the ancient synagogue of Toledo. Research and Source Works Ser.: No. 478. Very Good Condition. (rab-59-8) (ID #34564) $30.00.
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  73. Hirschberg, H. Z. MAFTEHOT: SIDRAT EZRE-MEHKAR = MAFTEHOT, A SERIES OF RESEARCH AIDS [TWO ISSUES; ALEF-BET]. Ramat Gan; Universitat Bar-Ilan, Ha-Makhon Le-Heker Ha-Yahadut Ba-Mizrah, 1974. Original Wraps. 4to. 72, 4; 174 pages. 27 cm. First edition. In Hebrew and English. Contains two issues: 1, A List of Jewish Populations in the East and the Maghreb in the 15th-17th Centuries; 2, Selected Bibliography of the Exilarchs, Nesiim & Negidim in the Middle East, prepared by Eliezer Bashan. Volume one contains fold out map. Two issues from the bibliographical series entitled Maftehot: A Series of Research Aids published under the general editorship of H. Z. Hirschberg, Bar-Ilan University. Subjects: Jews - Middle East. Bibliographies. OCLC lists 10 copies. Small tear to edge of wrap on issue one, light soiling to wraps on both issues, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (SEF-47-28) (ID #33052) $40.00.
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  75. Zuckerman, Arthur J. A JEWISH PRINCEDOM IN FEUDAL FRANCE 768-900. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972. 8vo. Xvi, 490 pages. Illustrated. SUBJECT (S): Jews – France – history; Feudalism – France – history – to 1500; Makhiri family. SERIES: Columbia University studies in Jewish history, culture, and institutions. Bookplate on inside front cover, occasional pencil marks, very good + condition. (RAB-15-11A) (ID #34426/34431) $60.00.
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  77. • Shatzmiller, Joseph. RECHERCHES SUR LA COMMUNAUTÉ JUIVE DE MANOSQUE AU MOYEN AGE, 1241-1329. Paris; Mouton & Co, 1973. Original Wrappers. 8vo. 183 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Includes maps and tables. Historical examination of the Medieval Jewish communities in Manosque. Manosque is a “town in the department of Basses-Alpes, S. E. France. Jews are mentioned in Manosque from 1240. In 1261 the community was already sufficiently numerous to maintain two butcher's stores. Before the Black Death in 1348, there were about 30 Jewish families in Manosque. The Jews owned at least one synagogue and cemetery. They lived in their own street, the Carriera Judaica, on the site of the present Rue Bon-Repos. When an epidemic broke out in 1364, the services of a Jewish physician were still called for. However, from 1370 on there were frequent anti-Jewish disturbances, the most violent in 1455 and 1495. In 1498 the town expelled its Jews. ” (EJ 2007) Subjects: Jews -- France -- Manosque. Light shelf wear, and some age toning to wrappers only. Very good condition. (SPEC-38-14) (ID #32682) $30.00.
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  79. Taitz, Emily. THE JEWS OF MEDIEVAL FRANCE: THE COMMUNITY OF CHAMPAGNE (CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STUDY OF WORLD HISTORY). Greenwood Press, 1994. Cloth, 8vo, 340 pages. Review Copy with slip laid in. This book studies the Jewish community of Champagne from the fifth century to the expulsion of 1306. It documents the growth and decline of the community, examines its interrelationship with the larger Christian culture, and presents a model for the study of other communities. The economic and political consolidation of the county, coupled with the development of Jewish self-government and a system of education in Talmudic law, were important factors in the growth of Champagne's Jewish community. The subsequent decline of the community in the mid-13th century was also attributable to economic and political factors, as well as a growing Church influence. Very Good+ Condition. Excellent copy (rab-59-10) (ID #34566) $50.00.
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  81. Zimmer, Eric. JEWISH SYNODS IN GERMANY DURING THE LATE MIDDLE AGES, 1286-1603. New York; Yeshiva University Press, 1978. Original Cloth. 8vo. 214 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Extensive history with documentation of German-Jewish Synods from 1286 until 1603. With extensive analysis and commentary on the 1603 Frankfurt Ordinances. "Documents": pages [119]-197. Documents in English, German, and Hebrew. Subjects: Germany – Rabbinate. Jews - Germany - Politics and government. Jews - Germany - History - 1096-1800 - Sources. Germany - Ethnic relations. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (GER-44-24/A) (ID #33757/8) $60.00.
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  83. • Kisch, Guido. JEWRY-LAW IN MEDIEVAL GERMANY: LAWS AND COURT DECISIONS CONCERNING JEWS. New York, American Academy for Jewish, 1949. 1st Edition. Cloth. 8vo. xiv, 274 pages. Series: "Texts and Studies, Vol. III." Almost 200 pages of bibliographical listings. Considered a classic. Excellent condition. Very Good+ condition. A beautiful copy. (RAB-53-1A) (ID #34362) $150.00.
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  85. Schwab, Hermann. THE HISTORY OF ORTHODOX JEWRY IN GERMANY. London, Mitre Press, 1950. Original Cloth. 8vo. 159 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Translated by Irene R. Birnbaum. With frontispiece portrait and four leaves of plates. Details the controversies and discussions from Mendelssohn, Hirsch, Hildesheimer, Rosenheim, until Agudas Yisroel. Hermann Schwab (1879–1962), was a “German journalist and historical writer. In his native Frankfurt Schwab joined the school of the Israelitische Religionsgesellschaft. He was employed from 1902 to 1927 in the metal enterprises of Aron Hirsch near Berlin and in Halberstadt. He also worked as a journalist for the Frankfurter Zeitung, the Vossische Zeitung and other newspapers, was editor of the Juedischer Volksschriftenverlag, and author of Orthodox children's books. A supporter of Agudat Israel and its founder, Jacob Rosenheim, Schwab organized its war orphans' fund during World War I, which established a number of orphanages in Poland. From 1927 he ran a press service in Berlin which he continued after emigrating to England in 1934. In London, he became president of the Golders Green Beth Hamidrash. ” - 2008 EJ. Rabbi Alex Weisfogel's copy and then David Kranzler's copy, with his notes in margins. Subjects: Jews - Germany. Jews. Germany. Missing jacket. Light foxing to endpage. Some highlighting throughout, otherwise fresh. Good - condition. (GER-44-23) (ID #33756) $45.00.
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  87. Seligmann, Caesar. GESCHICHTE DER JÜDISCHEN REFORMBEWEGUNG VON MENDELSSOHN BIS ZUR GEGENWART. Frankfurt A. M J. Kauffmann, 1922. Original Cloth. 8vo. 188, [1] pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German. History of the Jewish Reform movement from Mendelssohn to the Present. For many years considered the standard history in German on the Reform Movement. The author, Caesar Seligmann (1860–1950), was “leader of Liberal Judaism in Germany. Born in Landau, Seligmann was appointed preacher of the Liberal synagogue (Temple) in Hamburg in 1889, and from 1902 to 1939 he officiated as rabbi in Frankfurt. In 1910 he published for the Liberal synagogue (Western synagogue) a two-volume prayer book (Israelitisches Gebetbuch, 2nd ed. 1928) that was even more extreme than any proposed by the German Reform movement to that date. One of the founders of the Vereinigung fuer das liberale Judentum in 1910, he edited its organ, Liberales Judentum, which appeared from 1910 to 1922. In cooperation with I. Elbogen and H. Vogelstein, in 1929 he published the 'unified prayer book, ' restoring to the Liberal rite many traditional prayers which had been previously excluded. His other works include a collection of popular lectures, Judentum und moderne Weltanschauung (1905), and a history of the Reform movement, Geschichte der juedischen Reformbewegung von Mendelssohn bis zur Gegenwart (1922). When addressing the Liberal rabbis in Wiesbaden in 1937, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the rabbinical conference convened by A. Geiger, Seligmann advised his colleagues to become reconciled with Zionism. In 1939 he moved to London, where he lived until his death. His autobiography, Mein Leben. Erinnerungen eines Grossvaters, was written in 1941 but only one chapter was published. ” - EJ 2008. Attractively bound, with gilt title Subjects: Reform Judaism - History. Judaism - Doctrines. Jewish philosophy. Reformjudentum. Mendelssohn, Moses, 1729-1786 - Criticism and interpretation. Pages lightly aged, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (GER-45-7) (ID #33813) $65.00.
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  89. Glassman, Bernard. ANTI-SEMITIC STEREOTYPES WITHOUT JEWS: IMAGES OF THE JEWS IN ENGLAND 1290-1700. Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1975. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. 190 pages. 22 cm. CONTENTS: Genesis of a Stereotype – Embellishment of a Stereotype – The New Jewish Villain – The Persistance of a Prejudice – The Readmission Controversy – The Rekindling of Old Hatreds. Includes bibliography and index. Jacket has 2 1/2 inch open tear along top edge and some edge wear otherwise. Boards and internal pages are bright and clean. Otherwise Very Good Condition in good jacket. (SEF42-7A) (ID #34363) $30.00.
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  91. Sacks, M. Y. L. (editor); Cecil Roth; Elijah Of London. PERUSHE RABENU ELIYAHU MI-LONDRES U-FSAKAV. THE WRITINGS OF RABBI ELIJAH OF LONDON. Mossad Harav Kook, Jerusalem, 1956. 1st edition. Original Cloth, Large 8vo, 42 + 167+ vi pages. Hebrew and English title-pages. Text in Hebrew with a short English-language preface by Cecil Roth. Scholarly edition of the work of the 13th century English Tosafist Rabbi Elijah of London. Includes a lengthy biographical introduction by Cecil Roth, as well as photographs of a lineage document for R. Elijah of London and the seal of his brother Rabbi Jacob of Oxford. Also contains Elijah’s extant writings: I. Halakhic Decisions relating to the first Order of the Mishnah (Zeraim); II. Commentary on the Mishnah of Tractate Brakhot; III. Collection of Scattered Explanatory Notes to the first Order of the Mishnah (Zeraim); IV. Collection of scattered Response and Decisions; V. Commentary on the Haggadah for Passover Eve. This work is an example of English Jewry's cultural productivity before it was expelled in 1290. Light wear, Very Good Condition. (rab-59-11) (ID #34568) $30.00.
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  93. Blumenkranz, Bernhard. LES AUTEURS CHRÉTIENS LATINS DU MOYEN AGE: SUR LES JUIFS ET LE JUDAÏSME. Paris: Mouton & Co, 1963 Paris: Mouton & Co, 1963. First edition. Softcover. 8vo. 299 pages. Original paper wrappers with blue lettering on front cover and spine. Pivotal work on the writings of Christians in the Middle ages. The author, one of the most important and controversial scholars, is the author of a number of important works on the relationship between Jews and Christians in late antiquity and the Middle Ages. Text in French with selections in Latin. Fully annotated and indexed. Écol Pratique des Hautes Études - Sorbonne Sixième Section: Sciences Économiques et Sociales. Études Juives IV. Very Good Condition. (rab-59-9) (ID #34565) $35.00.
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  95. Blumenkranz, Bernard. LE JUIF MEDIEVAL AU MIROIR DE L’ART CHRETIEN. Paris: Etudes Augustiniennes, 1966. Softcover, 8vo, 158 pages. In Undetermined. SUBJECT (S): Juifs dans l’art. Art chretien -- 500-1500 (Moyen Age) Art medieval. Juifs -- Dans l'art. Art medieval -- Themes, motifs. Art chretien -- Themes, motifs. Juif, Art chretien, Moyen-Age. OCLC lists 46 copies worldwide. Minor staining to cover. Bumped corners. Wear to spine. Good condition. (Sef-22-2A) (ID #34430) $70.00.
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  97. Goldin, Hyman E. HEBREW CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE; MISHNAH: SANHEDRIN, MAKKOT. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1952. 8vo. 308 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Criminal law (Jewish law); Criminal procedure (Jewish law). “Goldin was born in Lithuania and studied at the Yeshivah of Vilna where he was ordained as a rabbi in 1900. He emigrated to the United States in the following year. In a chance visit to a study group in a synagogue, the destitute scholar so impressed those present with his erudition that they immediately established a fund to aid him in his studies. He graduated from the New York University Law School in 1909. Goldin served successively as principal of the Machzike Talmud Torah, the Hebrew Academy of Boro Park, both in Brooklyn, N. Y., and the Glens Falls Hebrew Academy. Passionately devoted to education, he established summer camps for children and later a camp for adults at Blue Sky. From 1932 to 1947 Goldin served as chaplain of the Great Meadow Prison in Comstock, N. Y, and his experience there served as the basis for his unique volume The Dictionary of American Underworld Lingo. His main literary activity, however, was devoted to spreading Jewish knowledge and combating anti-Semitism. His The Case of the Nazarene Re-Opened (1948), which he regarded as his magnum opus, was the fruit of research in the New Testament, on which he became an acknowledged expert. Among his other publications were: Universal History of Israel (4 vols, 1935), Hebrew Criminal Law (1952), and a translation of Ganzfried's Kizzur Shulhan Arukh. ”(EJ) Very good condition. (RAB-14-8B) (ID #34434) $30.00.
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  99. Another Copy, Cloth, 1952. 8vo. 308 pages. First edition. Ex library, very good condition. (RAB-14-8A) (ID #34433) $30.00.
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  101. Jung, Moses. 1929. THE JEWISH LAW OF THEFT WITH COMPARATIVE REFERENCES TO ROMAN AND ENGLISH LAW. Philadelphia: Dropsie College, 1929. Original Publishers Wrappers, 8vo. Vi, 145 pages. 1924 Dropsie College Ph. D. Thesis. Includes bibliographical references and index. SUBJECT (S): Larceny (Jewish law). A thorough definition of genebah, the taking of physical property. Jung places genebah in the context of the whole of Jewish law and contrasts and compares it to Roman and English law. Edgewear to covers, with small tears around edges. Interior in very good condition. (RAB-6-12A) (ID #34436) $30.00.
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  103. Mendelsohn, Samuel. THE CRIMINAL JURISPRUDENCE OF THE ANCIENT HEBREWS; COMPILED FROM THE TALMUD AND OTHER RABBINICAL WRITINGS, AND COMPARED WITH ROMAN AND ENGLISH PENAL JURISPRUDENCE. New York: Hermon Press, 1968. Reprint. Cloth, 8vo. 270 pages. SUBJECT (S): Criminal law (Jewish law). Very good condition; with dust jacket that is faded on spine and around edges. (RAB-12-15A) (ID #34439) $75.00.
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    ETHICS

     

     

  105. Elijah Ben Solomon Abraham, Ha-Kohen, Of Smyrna, Approximately 1650-1729. SEFER SHEVET MUSAR. LIVRO LUZIO Y ESTIMADO … [PART TWO ONLY]. Izmir; Be-Defus Ibn Tsiyon Binyamin Roditi, 1859. Later Cloth. 8vo. 169 leaves. 21 cm. First edition of this translation. In Ladino. Part two (of two) only. Ya'ari number 197. Shevet Musar was “one of the most popular Hebrew works in the fields of ethics and homiletics. ” (2008 EJ). Elijah ben Solomon Abraham ha-Kohen, “Dayyan of Smyrna; almoner and preacher; died 1729.... 'Shebet Musar, ' on ethics, the best known of his works, divided into fifty-two chapters corresponding to the weeks of the year, and taken for the most part from the 'Or Kadmon' of Moses Hagis, the 'Tokahot' of the Spanish poets, the 'Orhot Hayyim,' and the 'Rokeah' of Eleazar of Worms (Constantinople, 1712). ” (1906 JE). Published in Smyrna (Izmir), Turkey, at the outstanding press of Binyamin Roditi: “an active publisher in Izmir (he printed the 1860 edition of the Shevet Musar and a complete edition of the Me'am Lo'ez on the Pentateuch) and operated a printing house which at that time had been in business longer than any other in the city, from 1857 to 1884.” (p. 45 'Ladino Rabbinic Literature...' by Matthias Lehmann). Sound later cloth binding. Rag paper pages. Attractive printers device. Subjects: Ladino literature. Shevet musar – Ladino. Jewish ethics. Oclc lists 6 copies. Light soiling to title page, light soiling in margins throughout, lightly bumped outer edges, overall very fresh. Very good condition. (SPEC-39-52) (ID #32963) $100.00.
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  107. Ibn Gabirol; Stephen S Wise. THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE MORAL QUALITIES: AN ETHICAL TREATISE OF THE ELEVENTH CENTURY BY SOLOMON IBN GABIROL. New York; Columbia University Press, 1901. Original Cloth. 8vo. IX, 117, 47 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Columbia University Oriental Studies v. 1. Full title: The improvement of the moral qualities: an ethical treatise of the eleventh century by Solomon ibn Gabirol, printed from an unique Arabic manuscript, together with a translation, and an essay on the place of Gabirol in the history of the development of Jewish ethics. “'The Improvement of the Moral Qualities' is an ethical treatise which has been called by Munk 'a popular manual of morals. ' It was composed by Gabirol at Saragossa in 1045, at the request of some friends who wished to possess a book treating of the qualities of man and the methods of effecting their improvement. In two respects the 'Ethics' (by which abbreviation the work may be cited) is highly original. In the first place, as compared with Saadia, his predecessor, and Bahya and Maimonides, his successors, Gabirol took a new stand, in so far as he set out to systematize the principles of ethics independently of religious belief or dogma. Further, his treatise is original in its emphasis on the physio-psychological aspect of ethics, Gabirol's fundamental thesis being the correlation and interdependence of the physical and the psychical in respect of ethical conduct. … A unique manuscript of the original Arabic text is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford (Neubauer, 'Cat. Bodl. Hebr. MSS. ' No. 1422, 2), and has been published together with an English translation by S. S. Wise (New York, 1901). The Hebrew translation is the work of Judah ibn Tibbon (1167) for Asher b. Meshullam of Lunel. ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Ethics. Judaism - Works to 1900. Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. Ethics. Jewish philosophy. Judaism. Philosophy, Medieval. OCLC lists 18 copies. Light soiling to cloth, light soiling to edges of last two leaves, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-3) (ID #34442) $65.00.
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  109. Kohut, Alexander; Barnett A Elzas; Max Cohen. THE ETHICS OF THE FATHERS. New York: Publishers Printing Company, 1920. Half Cloth. 8vo. 127 pages. Black and white frontis portrait. "Alexander Kohut (1842-1894) was a rabbi and scholar. He earned his doctorate in oriental languages at the University of Leipzig in 1865, and was ordained at the Breslau Seminary in 1867. After graduation he served as rabbi in Stuhlweissenburg (Szekesfehervar, Hungary). While there he was county superintendent of schools, the first Jew to hold this position. At Budapest in 1868, the Congress of Jewish Notables elected Kohut secretary. In 1872 he became chief rabbi of Fuenfkirchen (Pecs, Hungary), where he remained for eight years. He was appointed to the Hungarian parliament by the prime minister as representative of the Jews, but shortly thereafter (1885) he left for the United States to serve as rabbi of Congregation Ahabath Chesed in New York. Kohut's reputation as rabbi and scholar had preceded him and he was warmly welcomed. He became involved in the struggle between the traditionalists and Reform. Out of this controversy came his Ethics of the Fathers (1885, 19202), which established the traditionalists' position. Kohut played a major role in the establishment of the Jewish Theological Seminary and taught Midrash and Talmudic methodology there. He was one of the first scholars to write about the Yemenite Midrashim. His greatest work was the Arukh ha-Shalem (8 vols, 1878-92), a lexicon of Talmudic terms which Solomon Schechter called "the greatest and finest specimen of Hebrew learning ever produced by a Jew on this continent. " In form it is a new scholarly edition of the Arukh of Nathan b. Jehiel of Rome, but in fact it is a path-finding contribution to Talmudic philology in which Kohut offers etymologies and additional sources which exhibit his wide knowledge of oriental and classical languages" (Reimer, Kaddari, EJ). SUBJECT(S): Jewish Ethics-Morale juive. Light soiling to boards. Minimal wear, internally bright and clean. Very good condition. (AMRN-13-7A). (ID #34360) $60.00.
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  111. Stein, Salomon. ETHISCHE VERGLEICHE. [Berlin; None Listed], [1929]. Original Wraps. 8vo. 20 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German. 'Ethical Comparisons'. An essay on comparative religious philosophy, touching upon Christianity, Greek philosophy, the Bible, and the relation of God to Israel. Special Offprint from Wohlgemuths Jeschurun, where this article originally appeared. Written by Salomon Stein (1866-1938), District Rabbi in Schweinfurt from 1890 to 1934. Inscribed on cover, possibly by author. Subjects: Religious Philsophy – Bible. OCLC lists one copy (Cambridge). Wraps aged, chipping, loose. Internally clean and fresh. Good condition. (GER-44-44) (ID #33779) $75.00.
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  113. Bacher, Wilhelm, 1850-1913. ABRAHAM IBN ESRA ALS GRAMMATIKER. EIN BEITRAG ZUR GESCHICHTE DER HEBRÄISCHEN SPRACHWISSENSCHAFT. Strassburg, K. J. Trübner, 1882. Original Cloth. 8vo. 192 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German, with Hebrew. 'Abraham ibn Ezra as a grammarian; a contribution to the history of Hebrew linguistics'. Abraham Ibn Ezra als Grammatiker first appeared in the Jahresbericht der Landes-Rabbinerschule in Budapest: für das Schuljahr 1880-81. Extensive discussion of the Grammatical Treatises of Abraham Ibn Ezra, written by Wilhelm Bacher, (1850–1913) “Hungarian Semitic scholar. … In 1876 he was ordained and appointed rabbi of Szeged, Hungary, and the following year professor at the newly founded rabbinical seminary in Budapest, where he taught biblical exegesis, Midrash, homiletics, and Hebrew poetry and grammar. From 1907 until the end of his life he was head of the seminary. … Bacher helped lay the foundations for the study of Hebrew grammar from the talmudic period to the end of the Middle Ages. ” - 2008 EJ. “Abraham ibn Ezra, the genial and many-sided writer, was the first to carry the grammatical knowledge that had been perfected in Spain to the other European countries that offered him, refuge between 1140 and 1167; namely, Italy, southern and northern France, and England. He offered full and interesting information, in pure Hebrew diction, not only in his exegetical works, in which the grammatical comments at times become entire treatises, but also in special grammatical works. The most popular of these are 'Moznayim, ' written about 1140 at Rome, where he translated Hayyuj's works; and 'Sefer Zahot, ' a work on linguistic 'purity' or 'correctness, ' written in 1145 at Mantua. His other grammatical works are: 'Yesod Dikduk' (c. 1145); 'Safah Berurah, ' written in southern France; 'Yesod Mispar'; the 'Sefer ha-Shem, ' in part grammatical; and 'Sefat Yeter, ' a defense of Saadia against Dunash. Ibn Ezra's grammatical works, the first of this kind written in Hebrew, although based for the greater part on his Arabic sources, bear the stamp of his original mind. They also have the merit of presenting the essentials of grammar within a small compass and in an interesting way. ” - 1906 JE, Hebrew Grammar. Subjects: Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1089-1164. Hebrew Grammar. Medieval Hebrew Linguistics. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (GER-44-55) (ID #33794) $65.00.
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  115. Kimhi, David. DAVID KIMHI'S HEBREW GRAMMAR (MIKHLOL). New York: Published for the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning By Bloch Pub. Co, 1952. 8vo. Xxxiv, 427 pages. In English. SUBJECT (S): Hebrew language -- Grammar. Light wear to boards, top edge back corner bumped. Internally clean with minimal age wear. Good condition. (SPEC5-2A) (ID #34359) $45.00.
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  117. Levias, Caspar. A GRAMMAR OF ARAMAIC IDIOM CONTAINED IN THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD: WITH CONSTANT REFERENCE TO GAONIC LITERATURE [INSCRIBED BY AUTHOR]. Cincinnati; The Bloch Pub. And Printing Co, 1896. Original Wraps. 8vo. VI, 58 pages. 25 cm. First seperate edition. Reprinted from the American journal of Semitic languages and literatures, vol. XIII, No. 1, Chicago, Ill. “Part 1” (as noted on cover). A larger work, with identical title, of the Grammar of Aramaic Idiom appeared in 1900 (Singerman 5791). This edition not in Singerman. Our copy signed on wrap, gift inscription to “Rev. Dr. Louis Grossmann, With the compliments of the author”. Caspar Levias was an “American Orientalist; born in Szagarren Feb. 13, 1860; received his elementary education in Russia and his collegiate training at Columbia College, New York (A. M. ), and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore; he was fellow in Oriental languages at the former (1893-94) and fellow in Semitic languages at the latter university (1894-95). Since 1895 Levias has been instructor at the Hebrew Union College, Cincinnati, Ohio. His published works are as follows: ‘A Grammar of the Aramaic Idiom Contained in the Babylonian Talmud, ’ Cincinnati, 1900; ‘The Justification of Zionism, ’ 1899. Besides these, Levias has published a large number of essays, chiefly on philological subjects, in ‘The American Journal of Semitic Languages’ (in which his Talmudic grammar first appeared) and in the ‘Hebrew Union College Journal. ’ (EJ 1906) Subjects: Aramaic language - Grammar. Talmud. Aramaic - Grammar. OCLC lists 6 copies. Front wrap loose, with brittle and slightly torn edges, back wrap contains torn bottom corner, internally fresh and clean. Good + condition. (AMR-39-39) (ID #31432) $250.00.
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  119. Aminoah, Noah. ARIKHAT MASEKHTOT BETSAH, ROSH-HA-SHANAH VE-TAANIT BA-TALMUD HA-BAVLI: SIDUR, ARIKHAH, GIRSAOT SHEL GEMARA, YAHASE SUGYOT, BAVLI YERUSHALMI. Tel-Aviv; Be. Ha-S. Le-Madae Ha-Yahaduta. Sh. Hayim Rozenberg, Universitat Tel-Aviv: Mifalim Universitaiyim Le-Hotsa'ah Le-Or, 1986. Original Cloth. 8vo. 352 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Redaction of the Tractate Betza, Rosh-hashanah and Ta'anith in the Babilonian Talmud; Compilation, Redaction, Textual Readings, Parallel Sugyot. Important study on tractates Betza, Rosh-hashanah and Ta'anith by Noah Aminoah, professor of Talmud at Tel Aviv University. Subjects: Talmud. Bezah - Criticism, Redaction. Talmud. Rosh ha-Shanah - Criticism, Redaction. Talmud. Ta'anit - Criticism, Redaction. Talmud. Bezah. Talmud. Rosh ha-Shanah. OCLC lists 17 copies. Light wear to jacket, some pencilled notes on first endpage, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-22/3) (ID #34461/2) $100.00.
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  121. Kaplan, Julius. THE REDACTION OF THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD. New York; Bloch Publish Co, 1933. Original Cloth. 8vo. 356 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In English and Hebrew. Important study on the composition of the Talmud, with a survey of previous theories, dating of composite parts, with a major discussion on the Savora'im, their role of recording and actively participating in writing of the Babylonian Talmud. Subjects: Babylonische Talmoed. Tekstgeschiedenis. Talmud. Very clean and fresh. Attractive copy. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-19) (ID #34458) $60.00.
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  123. Another Copy. Jerusalem; Makor, 1970. Original Cloth. 8vo. 356 pages. 22 cm. Second edition. Reprint of 1933 edition. In English and Hebrew. Light soiling to outer edges and margins of endpages, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-20) (ID #34459) $50.00.
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    HAGADOT WITH COMMENTARY

     

     

  125. Elijah Ben Solomon; Abraham Ben Jehiel Michal Danzig. MA'ALEH BET HORIN: VE-HU SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH 'IM SHELOSHAH PERUSHIM: EHAD, PERUSH KOL BO. Vilna; Bi-Defus Menahem Man Ben Barukh, 1818. Later boards. 8vo. 78 leaves. 40 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Contains Kol bo and Toldot adam. Contains first appearance of excerpted commentaries from the Kol Bo on the text of the Hagadah, together with the commentaries of the Vilna Gaon (3rd appearance) and the first appearance of Abraham Danzig's 'Toledot Adam, ' a commentary on the Passover Haggadah. Thus the first haggadah with Kol Bo commentary and the third haggadah published in Vilna Yudlov 587. Yaari 416. Last leaf in fascimile. Bound in attractive modern marbled boards, red quarter cloth, and gilt title on spine. Subjects: Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadah – Commentaries. OCLC lists 1 copy (JTSA). Light soiling foxing throughout and minor wormholing throughout; quality rag paper shows wear but is solid. About half of title page, as well as final leaf, in high quality facsimile; otherwise solid, Good condition. Scarce (HAG-13-15) (ID #33850) $750.00.
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  127. Ishmael Ben Abraham Isaac, Ha-Kohen. SHEVAH PESAH [PESACH]. Livorno [Leghorn]; Eliezer Saadon, 1790. Later Cloth. 4to. [2], 64, [1] pages. 27 cm. First edition of commentary. Yudlov 339; Yaari 227. With the commentary Shebah Pesah by Ishmail b. Abraham Isaac ha-Cohen (Laudadio Sacerdote) (1723–1811), Rabbi of Modena, scholar, author, and halakhic authority. “Among the works he wrote, besides the responsa, novellae, decision, and sermons contained in his collection, are Zera Emet (Livorno and Reggio 1786-90), a three part compendium of responses; Shebah Pesah, a Passover Haggada commentary; some poetry, including secular; and expert opinions on questions submitted by the Napoleonic government to the Assembly of Notables in Paris in 1806.” - HUC, Inventory to the Laudadio Sacerdote (Ishmael Cohen) Collection. Previously rebound in cloth with gilt title. Subjects: Haggada shel Pesah. Sefer Shevach Pesach. Passover Haggadah. OCLC lists 3 copies (Natl Libr Israel, Bar Ilan, Yad Izhak Ben Zvi). Light soiling to cloth. Pages soiled throughout, otherwise clean. Good + condition. (HAG-13-16) (ID #33851) $1000.00.
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  129. Phinehas Ben Zevi Hirsch Horowitz, Ha-Levi. SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH = AGADAH. Kosice, Czechoslovakia; Bukdrukeri Viko, [1947]. Original Boards. 8vo. 44 pages. 24 cm. In Hebrew. Seder Hagadah shel Pesach. With commentary by R. Pinchas HaLevi Ish Horowitz (author of Hafla'ah). Phinehas Levi Horowitz, “Rabbi and Talmudic author; born in Poland about 1731; died in Frankfort-on-the-Main July 1, 1805.” - 1906 JE. Original printed red boards. Yudlov 4071; Yaari 2348. Subjects: Haggadot – Texts. Seder - Liturgy – Texts. Judaism - Liturgy – Texts. OCLC lists four copies of this edition (NYPL, DLC, Yeshiva, Harvard). Light edge wear to boards, internally clean and fresh. Good condition. (HAG-13-11) (ID #33846) $200.00.
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  131. Yedidya Tia Weil. HAGADAH SHEL PESAH: 'IM BE'UR HA-MARBEH LE-SAPER. Karlsuhe; Pilta Epstein And Brother-In-Law, 1791. Contemporary Cloth. 8vo. 52 leaves [104 pages]. 23 cm. First edition. Yudlov 355; Yaari 238; Yerushalmi 83. With commentary Marbeh Lesaper by R. Jedidian Tiah b. Jacob Nathanael Weil, Rabbi of Karlsruhe. Rabbi Yedidya Tia Weil (1722-1806), who was among the giants of his generation, son of Rabbi Netanel Weil, author of Korban Netanel and prominent disciple of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. He corresponded with the Ba’al HaHafla’ah as well as the Noda B’Yehudah. Served as Av Beit Din of Karlsruhe and Baden as successor to his father, since 1770. While during his lifetime, only his commentary Marbeh LeSaper on the Haggadah of Pesach was printed, anonymously, today dozens of his manuscripts are being printed. Subjects: Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Passover - Prayers and devotions. OCLC lists 8 copies. Light foxing and soiling throughout. Recently rebound. Very good condition. (HAG-13-14) (ID #33849) $700.00.
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  133. [Yemenite] Maharitz (Yihyah Salah). HAGGADAH SHEL PESAH. Jerusalem; Lipshitz, [1951]. Original Wraps. 8vo. 31, [1] pages. 22 cm. First edition. Haggadah following the rites of Yemen. With the commentary Etz Hayim. Illustrated wraps. Yudlov 4277, Yaari 2406. Published on the heels of the secret Yemenite Airlift to Israel. “Operation Magic Carpet is a widely known nickname for Operation On Wings of Eagles (Hebrew: Kanfei Nesharim), an operation between June 1949 and September 1950 that brought 49, 000 Yemenite Jews to the new state of Israel. During its course, the overwhelming majority of Yemenite Jews – some 47, 000 Yemeni, 1, 500 Aden as well as 500 Djiboutian and Eritrean Jews – were airlifted to Israel. British and American transport planes made some 380 flights from Aden, in a secret operation that was not made public until several months after it was over” (Wikipedia 2014) Etz Hayim was written by Rabbi Yichya ben Yosef Tzala at the end of the eighthteenth or beginning of the nineteenth century. He was considered one of the greatest Yemenite rabbis of his generation. He passed away on the 28th of Nissan in the year 5565 (1805). This commentary was part of a larger work on the Siddur, which was later published in Jerusalem in 1904. Early in his life, Tzala was a proponent of Sephardic minhag and the laws as reflected in Rabbi Joseph Karo’s Shulchan Aruch. During this period Sephardic minhag, customs, began to make headway in Yemenite synagogues. One of the influential leaders of this period, Rabbi Shalom ben Aharon HaKohen Araki (Rashba), was a proponent of the Sephardic tradition. He was a wealthy contributor and leader of the Jewish community of Zana. Rabbi Araki used his wealth to place Sephardic prayer books in synagogues throughout the area. His efforts were vigorously opposed by Rabbi Yehudah Tza’adi, Rabbi Tzala's teacher. Araki threatened sanctions against Tza’adi, but he refused to back down. Rabbi Tzala was deeply influenced by this debate and because of it renewed to his commitment to the ancient Yemenite minhag. Tzala writes about the debate in the introduction to his commentary. According to the Etz Hayim, the debate went on for two years but, in the end, the two sides resolved their differences and promised to treat each other with respect and honor. Tzala maintained his point of view in favor of Yemenite custom, but he described his opponent, the Rashba, as a “light in Israel” and the Rashba, in turn, continued to honor Rabbi Tza'adi. In his commentary Rabbi Tzala analyzes the roots of the various customs and discusses whether or not they are authentic Yemenite practices. Subjects: Haggada shel Pesah. Etz Hayim. OCLC lists 3 copies (Natl Libr Israel, Tel Aviv, Yad Izhak Ben Zvi), none outside Israel. Pages aged, brittle; wraps loose, torn edges. Previous owners address (in Geneva) written in pen on front wrap, otherwise clean and fresh. Scarce. Good condition. (HAG-13-42) (ID #33897) $375.00.
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  135. Abraham Ben Elijah; G Wolf Margolis. SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH: HA-NIKRA BE-SHEM AGUDAT EZOV: KOLEL SHENE BE'URIM. New York; [None], 1917. Original Cloth. 8vo. 136 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Yaari 1888, Yudlov 2688. Goldman 166. Contains two commentaries on the Hagadah Shel Pesah: Ge'ulat Avraham by Avraham ben ha-Gera [ (1750-1808); son of the Vilna Gaon] - Gevurot El by Gavri'el Ze'ev ben Yehi'el Yitshak Margaliyot [(1847-1935), Rabbi of Adath Israel in New York]. “Margolis appended his own hadranim, novellae, additional commentary to the Haggadah and sermons. One sermon was delivered at Adath Israel of New York. ” - Goldman 166. Pages 1-112 are photostats of the original Vilna edition (1903), the rest consists of new text. Two thousand copies were printed. Subjects: Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadah. OCLC lists two copies (Natl Libr Israel, HUC), none in New York. Cloth soiled, pages lightly aged, binding lightly shaken, light wine stains throughout; overall fresh and clean. Good + condition. (HAG-14-1) (ID #33919) $110.00.
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  137. Eisenstein, Judah David; Lola. OTSAR PERUSHIM VE-TSIYURIM EL HAGADAH SHEL PESAH. New York; D. Eisenstein, 1920. Original Cloth. 4to. IV, 346 pages. 29 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Yaari 1901. A Haggadah edition based on scientific analysis and research. Profusely illustrated. Added title page: Ozar perushim we-ziyurim el Hagada shel Pesah. A compendium (in Hebrew) -of authoritatve commentaries and original illustrations on the Hagada, the narrative of Israel's redemption from Egypt for the Passover-night ritual; compiled, edited and annotated by J. D. Eisenstein; illustrated by Lola. Original black pebble cloth with gold lettering on spine. Contains the traditional text with Song of Songs, Isaac Abarbanel's "Zevah Pesach" commentary as well as the commentaries of Mahzor Vitry, Kol Bo, Shibolei Haleket, Rabbi Judah Loew, Rabbi Moses Alsheikh, Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz Halevi, Rabbi Jacob Emden and Rabbi Elijah of Vilna. Judah David Eisenstein (1854–1956), “U. S. Encyclopedist, anthologist, and author. Eisenstein was born in Mezhirech, Poland, and in 1872 immigrated to the United States, where he became a successful coat manufacturer. He was a founder of the first Hebrew society in the United States, Shoharei Sefat Ever (1880), and one of its first Hebrew writers. Although he also undertook translations, e.g., in 1891 publishing the text of the American constitution in Hebrew and Yiddish, his fame rests on his anthologies, for which he earned the epithet 'master of treasuries' (as all his anthologies bore the title Ozar, 'Treasury'). ” -EJ 2008. Subjects: Judaism – Liturgy - Texts. Passover - Prayers and devotions. Judaism - Liturgy. Passover. OCLC lists 28 copies. Hinges starting, light soiling to cloth, internally very clean and fresh. Good + condition. (HAG-13-21) (ID #33876) $175.00.
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  139. Miller, Yisra'el David Ben Y. HAGADAH SHEL PESAH: ‘IM ME'AH VA-HAMISHAH AS´AR PERUSHIM HA-NIKRA'AH BA-SHEM MIGDAL HEDER....: VE-HOSAFTI... HIDUSHIM NEHUTSIM U-KETSARIM BA-SHEM HEMDAT YISRA'EL [DISPLACED PERSONS HAGADAH SHEL PESAH]. Germanyah; Defus Shemu'el Friedman, [1947]. Original Wraps. 12mo. 116 pages. 20 cm. She'erit Hapleita (surviving remnant) edition of a hagadah first published in Vilna by Rom, in 1891 or 1892. In Hebrew. Photostat reprint of Haggadah commentary Migdal Eder compiled by Rabbi Israel David Miller, published in Germany for a Displaced Persons readership. Haggadah with 115 commentaries, from Maimonides, Rashi; many Hasidic commentaries, including one from the Ba'al ha-Tanya, founder of Habad, Dubno Maggid, Gaon of Vilna, and many others. Verso dedication from Friedman to those martyred in the holocaust. Subjects: Displaced Persons – 1947 – Germany - Haggadah. Haggadah. Migdal Heder; Hemdat Yisra'el. Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadah -- Commentaries. Haggadah - Commentaries, Collections. No library holdings on OCLC. Scarce. Wraps aged, worn. Good + condition. (HAG-14-12) (ID #33931) $475.00.
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  141. Moses; Of Zalashin. SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH: MEVO'ARAH 'IM SHISHAH ASAR BE'URIM. Vilna: Bi-Defus Ve-Hots'ot Ha-Almanah Veha-Ahim Rom, 1922. Original boards. 8vo. 88 pages. 22 cm. Yaari 1959. Contains the commentary of Rabbi Moshe ben Gershon of Zalashin (1789-1831), Sipure nifla'ot. Passover Haggadah with16 different commentaries, including exegesis, homilies, and moral and symbolic tales. The Haggadah also includes seven black and white woodcuts of an unknown origin. Bound in original printed boards. Subjects: Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadah. OCLC lists 7 copies of this printing. Boards soiled, worn, with some tearing to backstrip, internally lightly aged, but clean. Good condition. (HAG-13-45) (ID #33900) $135.00.
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  143. Olshanetski, Mosheh Zelig. HAGGADA SHEL PESAH: 'IM PERUSH GEFEN MI-MITSRAYIM. [Warsaw] Varsha; Bi-Defus Efrayim Boimritter, 1894. Later Boards. 8vo. 87 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Yaari 1421. Gefen Mi-Mitsrayim. Scarce commentary. Subjects: Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadot - Commentaries. OCLC lists three copies (Bar Ilan, Natl Libr Israel, Harvard), none in New York and only 1 in the US. Light wear to boards, pages lightly aged, minor edge wear, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (HAG-13-44) (ID #33899) $325.00.
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  145. Zeitlin, Solomon. THE TIME OF THE PASSOVER MEAL. Philadelphia; The Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1951. Original Wraps. 8vo. Pages 45-50 (ie 6 pages). 24 cm. First edition. In English, with some Greek and Hebrew. Reprinted from The Jewish Quarterly Review, new series, volume XLII, no 1. Short, but detailed philological article and polemic locating the irreconcilable contradiction between the synoptic and non-synoptic gospels, on the subject of Paschal, the date Jesus was arrested, and the name of the festival (of unleavened bread); Zeitlin locates in the Talmud and Josephus where the celebration is renamed festival of the passover. The author, Solomon Zeitlin (1892–1976), “U. S. Scholar of post-biblical literature. … Zeitlin received a Ph. D. At Dropsie College, Philadelphia, in 1917; his dissertation was on Megillat Ta'anit as a Source for Jewish Chronology and History in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods (1922). Zeitlin taught first at Yeshiva College, New York, then became professor of rabbinics at Dropsie College in 1921. As an outstanding authority on the Second Commonwealth period, he wrote over 400 articles and books in the fields of rabbinics, Josephus, the Apocrypha, and Christianity. Zeitlin's assertions that the so-called Christ passage in Josephus was not authentic but only an interpolation by Eusebius, contrary to the opinion of most scholars, gained him early scholarly fame (JQR 18 (1927/28), 231–55). His main concern was the analysis of tannaitic sources and the recognition of a clear distinction in historic eras before and after the Temple destruction; differentiating institutions, laws, and concepts. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Passover – Talmud – Josephus. Last Meal – Jesus – Synoptic Gospels. None on OCLC. Light edge wear to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (HAG-14-22) (ID #33941) $30.00.
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  147. [Cohen, Hermann] Elbogen I. & Kellermann B. & Mittwoch E. (Eds.). JUDAICA: FESTSCHRIFT ZU HERMANN COHENS SIEBZIGSTEM GEBURTSTAGE.... Berlin, B. Cassirer, 1912. Cloth, 8vo, viii, 721 pages. 25 cm. In German with some Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Jews. Philosophy, Jewish. This is Leo & Moses' Jung's copy, with their extensive margin notes, names, bookplate (Moses Jung), etc. Leo Jung was "one of the best-known spokesmen of neo-Orthodoxy in America." He was a board member of the Joint from 1928 on, appointed chair of the New York State Advisory Board for Kashrut Law Enforcement in 1935. "Jung was at one time identified with the Agudath Israel organziation, and was a member of it ssupreme council until 1929. He withdrew on account of its refusal to cooperate in the Jewish Agency for Palestine, of whose first counciel he became a member….Jung started the Jewish Library in 1928….His brother Moses (1891-1960) was….a prolific writer…[who] published several books on Jewish law, history, and education." (EJ, 1971, 10:471-2). Edgewear to boards, binding slightly loose. Good Condition. (RAB-60-1) (ID #34421) $150.00.
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  149. [VAN DER HEIDE, ALBERT] Baasten, Martin F. J.; Munk, Reinier. STUDIES IN HEBREW LITERATURE AND JEWISH CULTURE. Dordrecht; Springer, 2007. Hardback. 8vo. X, 320 pages. 24 cm. First edition. With 8 illustrations. Studies in Hebrew Language and Jewish Culture; Presented to Albert van der Heide on the Occasion of his Sixty-Fifth Birthday. Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy, Vol. 12. “The articles presented here include studies in Rabbinics, Classical Hebrew linguistics, early Hebrew-Greek glossary, Hebrew manuscripts, Medieval and Modern Hebrew literature, Medieval and Early-Modern interpretation of Scripture, Medieval and Early-Modern Jewish philosophy, Hebrew book print in the 18th century, and Jewish Enlightenment. The articles cover a substantial part of the fields included in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, and offer a fine example of the wealth and variety of the present day academic study of Hebrew, Judaism, and Jewish culture. ” Publishers Description. Subjects: Hebrew philology. Jews - Civilization. Jews - Intellectual life. Philologie hébraïque. Juifs - Civilisation. Brand new. Publisher’s price is more than double ours. New Condition. (SPRINGER-1-7) (ID #33458) $100.00.
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  151. [Graetz, Heinrich]. ATERET TSEVI = JUBELSCHRIFT ZUM SIEBZIGSTEN GEBURTSTAGE DES PROF. DR. H. GRAETZ. Breslau; Druck Und Verlag Von S. Schottlaender, 1887. Original Cloth. 8vo. 324, 88 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In German, Hebrew, and French. 'Celebration book for the Seventieeth Birthday of Professor Dr. H. Graetz. ' Festschrift for Heinrich Graetz (1817–1891), containing various contributions on Rabbinics and Jewish History; with writings by J. Perles, Isidore, Loeb, A. Schwarz, M. Gudemann, W. Bacher, Hartwig Derenbourg, N. Brull, Ph. Bloch, D. Kaufmann, M. Rahmer, M. Brann, Salomon Buber, and others. “The seventieth anniversary of his birthday was the occasion for his friends and disciples to bear testimony to the universal esteem in which he was held among them; and a volume of scientific essays was published in his honor ('Jubelschrift zum 70. Geburtstage des Prof. Dr. H. Graetz, ' Breslau, 1887). ” - 1906 JE. “A wider Jewish public, and the world of Jewish scholarship in particular, honored Graetz on the occasion of his 70th birthday; a jubilee volume was published to celebrate the event. Graetz was invited to deliver the opening speech at the Anglo-Jewish Exhibition in London in 1887, which was published under the title of Historic Parallels in Jewish History (translated by J. Jacobs, 1887). In 1888 he was elected honorary member of the history department of the Academy of Madrid in honor of his description of medieval Jewish history in Spain up to the expulsion in 1492.” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Graetz, Heinrich, 1817-1891. Festschrift. Judaism - History. Rabbinical literature. Judentum. Light rubbing to outer edges of binding. Very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (GER-44-59) (ID #33798) $45.00.
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  153. [Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov] Shaul Israeli; Norman Lamm; Yizhak Raphael. SEFER YOVEL LI-KHEVOD MORENU HA-GAON RABI YOSEF DOV HA-LEVI SOLOVAITS'IK = JUBILEE VOLUME IN HONOR OF MOREINU HAGAON RABBI JOSEPH B. SOLOVEITCHIK [TWO VOLUME SET]. Yerushalayim; Mosad Ha-Rav Kuk; Nyu-York: Yeshivah-Universitah, 1984. Original Cloth. 4to. 1, 379 pages. 27 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Two Volume set. Jubilee volume in honor of Moreinu Hagaon Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. Major Jubilee Volume for Rabbi Soloveitchik; consisting of four parts: The Rav and His Teachings; Studies in Halacha; Studies in Maimonides; Studies in Judaism. Joseph Soloveitchik (1903–1993), U. S. Rabbinic scholar and religious philosopher, preeminent spiritual leader of Modern Orthodoxy in the last half of the 20th century. Subjects: Judaism - History. Jewish law. Jodendom. Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Soloveitchik, Joseph Dov. Institutional stamps on endpages and backstrip, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-58-30) (ID #34469) $200.00.
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  155. Goldstein, Maurice. DIETARY BARBARISM: A SCIENTIFIC STUDY AND INTERPRETATION OF THE JEWISH DIETARY LAWS. Vilschick Brothers, Brooklyn, 1926. Original Paper Wrappers, 12mo, 31 [1] pages. Fascinating inquiry into the Jewish Dietary Laws where the author, after interpreting these laws, analyzes them and attempts to find the reasons underlying the principles involved. This work also attempts to comprehend modern empirical experiences in Dietary customs and habits. 2 small margin chips to covers, otherwise Very Good Condition. (rab-59-13) (ID #34570) $70.00.
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  157. Berman, Jeremiah Joseph. SHEHITAH: A STUDY IN THE CULTURAL AND SOCIAL LIFE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE. New York: Bloch Pub. Co, 1941. Original Cloth. 8vo. 514 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Classic halakhic work on shehitah, and a major historical and social survey of the role of the Shohet, meat, and anti-shehitah legislation. Part three contains a history of Kosher slaughter in New York since the colonial times. With a chapter on Women Shohet, in Talmudic times and more recently in Italy. Rabbi Jeremiah Joseph Bermam (1902-1955), graduated from City College and JTSA, was Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El of Rochester, served as a member of the New York State Kashruth Board, on the executive board of the Mizrachi Organization of America, and was a contributor to the American Jewish Historical Society and the YIVO. Subjects: Shehitah. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-26) (ID #34465) $80.00.
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  159. Yitshak, Ba'al Ha-Mehaber Sefer Ohel Yitshak. edited & translated by Amos Friedmann. VOLLSTANDIGES HANDBUCH FUR SECHITA UND BEDIKA = ZIVHE TSEDEK: NACH DEM OHEL JIZCHAK. Budapest: C. Adler, 1892. Period boards, original front wrapper bound in, 12mo, 80 pages; 18 cm. In German, with Hebrew terms (in Hebrew script) used throughout. Translation of: Ohel Yitshak. “Neu geordnet und Deutsch übersetzt von A. Friedmann. ” SUBJECT(S): Shehitah. OCLC lists only 3 copies worldwide of this edition (UC-Berkeley, Texas, U Hamburg) and only 7 copies of any edition. Scarce. Heavy wear to boards; paper inside is starting to brown as expected but is not brittle. Solid. Good Condition Thus. (rab-59-2) (ID #34558) $75.00.
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  161. Japheth Ben Ali, Ha-Levi; Philip Birnbaum. THE ARABIC COMMENTARY OF YEFET BEN ALI THE KARAITE ON THE BOOK OF HOSEA. Philadelphia; Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1942. Original Stiff Wraps. 8vo. LXII, 247, [2] pages. 21 cm. First edition. Text in Judeo-Arabic in Hebrew characters. Introduction and notes in English. With two pages of fascimile (of manuscript copies held in the Leningrad library). The Arabic commentary of Yefet ben 'Ali the Karaite on the Book of Hosea; edited from eight manuscripts and provided with critical notes and an introduction by Philip Birnbaum. Dissertation of Philip Birnbaum; a critical, scientific edition of the Arabic commentary of the Karaite Yefet Ben Ali, on the Book of Hosea. Birnbaum's edition of Yefet Ben Ali's work, edited from eight manuscripts and included an English language introduction, a translation into Hebrew of the Arabic original, and critical notes on the text. Japheth ben Ali Ha-Levi (second half of tenth century) was a “Karaite scholar in Jerusalem. Details of his life are not known. He was the only Karaite who wrote biblical commentaries in Arabic.... His commentaries are unparalleled in size and diversity of the aspects discussed in relation to the biblical text: language, halakhah, history, theology and much polemics against Rabbinic Judaism and also against other religions, notably Islam and Christianity. Messianic aspects of the biblical text are adduced in certain contexts, sometimes extensively. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Karaite. Bible. Hosea – Commentaries. Light wear to wraps, internally very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-6) (ID #34445) $50.00.
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  163. Salmon Ben Yeroham; Lawrence Marwick. THE ARABIC COMMENTARY OF SALMON BEN YERUHAM THE KARAITE ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS, CHAPTERS 42-72. Philadelphia, Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1956. Original Stiff Wraps. 8vo. 121 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Judeo-Arabic in Hebrew characters. Edited from the unique manuscripts in the State Public Library in Leningrad by Lawrence Marwick. Solomon ben Jeroham was a “Karaite exegete and controversialist; flourished at Jerusalem between 940 and 960. He was considered one of the greatest authorities among the Karaites, by whom he is called 'the Wise' ('ha-Hakam') … His commentary on the Psalms breathes a deep hatred of all foreign nations; and he repeatedly denounces the study of secular subjects. He would not allow the Karaites to study even foreign languages, still less philosophical works. The theories of Euclid and Ptolemy were, in his opinion, contrary to the teachings of the Law. ” - 1906 JE. The editor, Lawrence Marwick, was head of the Hebraic section of the Library of Congress for thirty years, and served for 17 years as adjunct professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia and taught courses in Semitic languages and Israeli literature at New York University. Subjects: Karaites. Exegese. Karaites. Commentaries. Bible. Psalms – Commentaries. Light soiling to wraps, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-7) (ID #34446) $60.00.
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  165. Tirosh-Becker, Ofra. GINZE HAZAL BA-SIFRUT HA-KARAIT BI-YEME HA-BENAYIM = RABBINIC EXCERPTS IN MEDIEVAL KARAITE LITERATURE [TWO VOLUME SET]. Jerusalem; Bialik Institute, The Hebrew University, Ben Yehuda Center For The Study Of Hebrew, 2011. Original Hardback. 8vo. 1, 282 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Two Volumes. In Hebrew; some of the excerpted texts in Arabic. Added English title page: Rabbinic excerpts in medieval Karaite literature. Kerekh 1. 'Iyunim filologiyim u-valshaniyim [Philological and Linguistic Studies] - kerekh 2. Mahadurah mada'it mu'eret shel ha-tekstim [A Critical Annotated Scientific Edition of the Texts]. “This comprehensive work is an invaluable contribution to the study of rabbinic literature. It provides an additional corpus of rabbinic literature, the rabbinic material cited in the writings of the Karaites. Rabbinic Excerpts in Medieval Karaite Literature is the result of very extensive research of approximately 200 Karaite manuscripts, written by fifteen Karaite scholars in Arabic and Hebrew from the ninth to the eleventh century. Karaite scholars were familiar with rabbinic literature, and in spite of their objection to the Oral Law, they often incorporated excerpts from it in their works. Rabbinic Excerpts in Medieval Karaite Literature reveals for the first time the scope of the Karaites' practice of including rabbinic passages in their writings, and the wide range of rabbinic sources from which they were taken. The book studies these excerpts and presents them in a scientific edition. ” - Review in Hebrew Studies, Volume 53, 2012 by Ahouva Shulman. Subjects: Karaitic literature - History and criticism. Rabbinical literature - History and criticism. Hebrew language, Talmudic. Hebrew language, Post-Biblical. Hebrew language, Post-Biblical. Hebrew language, Talmudic. Karaitic literature. Rabbinical literature. Light Shelf wear to hardback, internally clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-8) (ID #34447) $55.00.
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  167. Agudat Israel. "AGUDAS JISROEL": BERICHTE UND MATERIALIEN. Frankfurt Am Main; Büro Der "agudas Jisroel", [1912]. Original Wraps. 8vo. 155 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In German with some Hebrew. 'Agudas Yisroel'; Reports and materials. Compiled by the Provisorischen Comité der "Agudas Jisroel" zu Frankfurt a. M. Contents: Die Vorgeschichte der "Agudas Jisroel" by A. Weyl - Die Versammlung zu Frankfurt a. M. Am 29. Oktober 1911 (Protokoll) - Die Kattowitzer Konferenz am 27. Und 28. Mai 1912 (contains reports from the Conference, the Program of the Agudas Yisroel, etc. ) - Zustimmungskundgebungen zur Gründung der "Agudas Jisroel" - Auszüge aus Zustimmungsschreiben hervorragender Persönlichkeiten (in Hebrew) - Stimmen der Presse zur Gründung der "Agudas Jisroel. " This collection of reports can be assumed to be one of the earliest publications of the Agudat Yisroel after its founding. The Agudat Yisrael is a political movement of Orthodox Jewry, founded at a conference in Kattowitz (Upper Silesia; today Katowice, Poland) in May 1912. “The 300 delegates at the Kattowitz conference faced the complex and challenging task of overriding very real differences among traditional communities in Germany, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Hungary, and elsewhere. The goal in forming Agudas Yisroel was to create an overarching, 'ecumenical' Orthodox identity to be shared by all these communities, represented by one organization. A compromise view prevailed, and individual communities were allowed to make their own decisions at local and regional levels. Though some steps were taken to set up a larger organization, including plans for establishing a world body of Agudas Yisroel to be called the Kenesiyah Gedolah (Great Assembly), the outbreak of World War I made plans to convene such a conference in August 1914 impossible. Consequently, the first international assembly did not take place until 1923.” - YIVO Encyclopedia. Subjects: Orthodox Judaism - Congresses. Agudat Israel. OCLC lists 11 copies. Wraps heavily soiled, detached, with some chipping to edges. Pages aged, with minor chipping at top; otherwise fresh. Fair condition. (GER-43-13) (ID #33600) $115.00.
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  169. Freyhan, Wilhelm. ZURÜCK ZUR THORA?: EINE ANFRAGE AN JUNG-ISRAEL. Halberstadt; Verl. Der Agudas Jisroel, 1922. Original printed boards. 8vo. 60 pages. 23 cm. Second edition. In German, with some Hebrew. 'Return to the Torah?; A Request to Young-Israel'. First published 1911, Frankfurt. Published by the Agudas Yisroel. Addressed to the youth zionist movement. Written by Dr Wilhelm (Zev) Freyhan, a leading member of the Jewish community of Breslau, and one of the original founders of Agudat Israel at the Kattowitz Conference of 1912. Subjects: OCLC lists 4 copies of this edition (Univ Bremen, Univ Hamburg, Natl Libr Israel, Danish Natl Libr), none in the US, 6 total copies total of all editions. Light soiling to boards. Pages lightly aged, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (GER-43-14) (ID #33601) $50.00.
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  171. Levi Isaac Ben Meir, Of Berdichev. KEDUSHAT LEVI AL HA-TORAH:... GAM KAMAH LIKUTIM AL PESUKIM U-GEMAROT U-MIDRASHIM. Lemberg; Bi-Defus Grosman, 1850. Original Boards. 8vo. 98 leaves [i. E. 196 pages]. 24 cm. Second edition. 2 parts in 1 volumes. Hasidic commentarty on the Torah, by Levi Isaac ben Meir of Berdichev (c. 1740–1810), hasidic haddik and rabbi; one of the most famous personalities in the third generation of the hasidic movement. His "Kedushshat Levi" (Berdychev, 1816), the first part of which contains a homiletic commentary on the Pentateuch, the second being miscellaneous in character. Vinograd, Lemberg 1023. Subjects: Hasidism. Sermons. Bible. Pentateuch - Sermons. Bible. Pentateuch. OCLC lists 7 copies. Boards worn, pages lightly foxed and stained throughout; minor wormholing on spine. Otherwise fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-58-15) (ID #34454) $300.00.
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  173. Azulai, Abraham Ben Mordecai. BAALE BERIT AVRAM: PERUSH AL TORAH, NEVIIM U-KHETUVIM. Vilna: Bi-Defus Ha-Almanah Veha-Ahim Rom, 1873. Original Cloth. 8vo. 340, 78 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. First appearance of Ba'ale berit Avram, a Kabbalist commentary on the Bible, by Abraham Ben Mordecai Azulai (c. 1570–1643). Bound in original boards and quarter leather. Printed on rag paper. Subjects: Commentaries. Bible. Old Testament - Commentaries. Bible. Old Testament. Cabala - 1677-1800. OCLC lists 10 copies. Light soiling and foxing to pages. Otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-58-37) (ID #34476) $175.00.
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  175. Eybeschuetz, Jonathan and Joseph Ben Ephraim Karo. SEFER KERETI U-FELETI, KOLEL PERUSHIM U-VE’URIM ‘AL SH.’A. Y.D. Vin, Gedrukt Bai’ Anton Shmid, 1819. Hardcover, Folio, 200 leaves, 33 cm. 1st edition. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S) ; Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Yoreh de’ah -- Commentaries. Other Titles: Kereti u-feleti. Eybeschuetz (1690/95-1764) was a “talmudist and kabbalist. Eybeschuetz, a child prodigy, studied in Poland, Moravia, and Prague. In his youth, after the death of his father, he studied in Prossnitz under Meir Eisenstadt and Eliezer ha-Levi Ettinger, his uncle, and in Vienna under Samson Wertheimer. He married the daughter of Isaac Spira, the av bet din of Bunzlau. After traveling for some time he settled in Prague in 1715, and in time became head of the yeshivah and a famous preacher. When he was in Prague he had many contacts with priests and the intelligentsia, debating religious topics and matters of faith with them. He became friendly with Cardinal Hassebauer and also discussed religious questions with him. Through the help of the cardinal, Eybeschuetz received permission to print the Talmud with the omission of all passages contradicting the principles of Christianity. Aroused to anger by this, David Oppenheim and the rabbis of Frankfurt had the license to print revoked. The people of Prague held Eybeschuetz in high esteem and he was considered second only to David Oppenheim. In 1725 he was among the Prague rabbis who excommunicated the Shabbatean sect. After the death of David Oppenheim, he was appointed dayyan of Prague. Elected rabbi of Metz in 1741, he subsequently became rabbi of the “Three Communities, ” Altona, Hamburg, and Wandsbek. Both in Metz and in Altona he had many disciples and was considered a great preacher…Eybeschuetz was considered not only one of the greatest preachers of his time but also one of the giants of the Talmud, acclaimed for his acumen and particularly incisive intellect. Thirty of his works in the field of halakhah have been published. His method of teaching aroused great enthusiasm among the pilpulists, and his works, Urim ve-Tummim on ? Oshen Mishpat, Kereti u-Feleti on Yoreh De’ah, and Benei Ahuvah on Maimonides, were considered masterpieces of pilpulistic literature. To the present day they are regarded as classics by students of the Talmud. They are unique in that the many pilpulim they include are in most cases based on clear, logical principles that give them their permanent value. His homiletic works, Ya’arot Devash, Tiferet Yonatan, and Ahavat Yonatan, also found many admirers. In succeeding generations his reputation was sustained by these works. Since his works were not printed in his lifetime, it is clear that his great influence among his contemporaries must have derived from the power of his oral teaching and from his personality, both of which were highly praised by many writers. Of his books on the Kabbalah, only one was printed, Shem Olam, but during his lifetime Eybeschuetz was considered a great kabbalist...” (Scholem in EJ, 2007) . OCLC lists 13 copies worldwide. Hinge repair. Chipping and wear to cover corners and edges. Stained pages. Good condition. (Heb-30-13) (ID# 27046) $325.00.

     

     

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  176. Abulafia, Meir, (Ca. 1180-1244); Brill, Jehiel (1836-1886) editor. KITAB ALRASAIL: METURGAM BE-`IVRIT. SEFER IGROT. Paris: Yatsa Le-Or `al Yede Yehiel Bril, 1871. Later cloth, 12mo, 152 pages; 20 cm. 1st edition thus. In Hebrew. Abulafia’s correspondence with French rabbis on Maimonides' doctrine of resurrection. “Abulafia is best known for his controversy with Maimonides over the doctrine of resurrection. Maimonides' views on this subject seemed heretical to him. Abulafia, in spite of his youth, publicly denounced them, and was the first in Europe to do so during Maimonides' lifetime. His accusations were mainly in the form of letters to the rabbis of southern France, especially the ‘sages of Lunel, ’ who held Maimonides in great esteem and strongly defended his views. The whole correspondence, which also included an exchange of letters with the rabbis of northern France, did not bring the hoped for result and was a great disappointment to Abulafia. Thirty years later, when the controversy was renewed, he was asked by Nahmanides to take part in it again, but remembering his earlier failure, he refused. Much of the correspondence, edited by Abulafia, was published as Kitab al-Rasa'il (Paris, 1871). Abulafia's conception of resurrection, far from being an abstract philosophy, is based upon the traditional belief, according to which the words of the rabbis on the subject are taken in their literal sense. Notwithstanding this (and contrary to Graetz's opinion), Abulafia possessed a wide knowledge of the Hebrew and Arabic philosophy of his time” (EJ, 2008). SUBJECT(S) Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Resurrection (Judaism) Rabbis -- Correspondance. Abulafia, Meir, 1180 (ca. ) -1244 -- Correspondance. OCLC lists 21 copies worldwide. Light wear Very Good Condition. (RAB-59-1) (ID #34557) $125.00.
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  178. Federbush, Simon. HA-RAMBAM, TORATO VE-ISHIYUTO: KOVETS LE-REGEL MELOT SHEVA` MEOT VE-HAMISHIM SHANAH LI-FETIRATO. 1956. Cloth, 8vo. 157, 73 pages. In Hebrew and English. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Slight edgewear, very good condition. (RAB-16-11A) (ID #34428) $30.00.
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  180. Kohler, George Y. READING MAIMONIDES' PHILOSOPHY IN 19TH CENTURY GERMANY; THE GUIDE TO RELIGIOUS REFORM. Dordrecht; New York: Springer, 2011. Hardback. 8vo. IX, 373 pages. 24 cm. First edition. With 6 illustrations. Amsterdam Studies in Jewish Philosophy, Vol. 15. “The general subject of the book is the re-discovery of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed by the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement in Germany of the nineteenth and beginning twentieth Germany. Since this movement is inseparably connected with religious reforms that took place at about the same time, it shall be demonstrated how the Reform Movement in Judaism used the Guide for its own agenda of historizing, rationalizing and finally turning Judaism into a philosophical enterprise of ‘ethical monotheism’. The study follows the reception of Maimonidean thought, and the Guide specifically, through the nineteenth century, from the first beginnings of early reformers in 1810 and their reading of Maimonides to the development of a sophisticated reform-theology, based on Maimonides, in the writings of Hermann Cohen more then a hundred years later. ” Publishers Description. Subjects: Jewish philosophy - Germany - 19th century. Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Brand New. New Condition. (SPRINGER-1-6) (ID #33457) $75.00.
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  182. Danby, Herbert. THE CODE OF MAIMONIDES, BOOK NINE: THE BOOK OF OFFERINGS. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1950. 8vo. Xxi, 326 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Jewish law; Judaism – customs and practices. SERIES: Yale Judaica series; v.4; OCLC lists 22 copies worldwide. “Danby went to Jerusalem in 1919, first as librarian and later as a canon of the Anglican Cathedral of St. George, remaining there until he was appointed professor of Hebrew at Oxford in 1936. Although Danby devoted his efforts mainly to the translation of tannaitic legal codes and that of Maimonides, he was also a pioneer among Christian Hebraists in taking modern Hebrew seriously as both an academic and a literary medium, and in developing an assessment of Judaism that was not merely positive but also possessed of insight. Thus, in 1939 he published (with M. H. Segal) an English and (modern) Hebrew dictionary. Danby's reputation rests on his English translation of The Mishnah (1933), which is considered a standard reference work. He also contributed books 9 ("Offerings") and 10 ("Cleanness") to the Yale English translation of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah (1950, 1954). ”(Loewe, EJ) Spine faded, ex library, very good condition. (RAB-14-13A) (ID #34361) $30.00.
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  184. Hershman, Abraham M.; Maimonides, Moses. THE CODE OF MAIMONIDES. BOOK FOURTEEN: THE BOOK OF JUDGES. New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1949. 8vo. Xxv, 335 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Jewish law; Courts, Jewish; Judges (Jewish law). SERIES: Yale Judaica series; v. 3; “Hershman was born in Neustadt, Poland, immigrating to the U. S. In 1896. Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (1906), he served in Syracuse, New York, then went to Detroit's Congregation Shaarey Zedek (1907), which he led until 1946, when he became rabbi emeritus. Founder and president of the Detroit Zionist Organization, Hershman was also principal of the Division Street Talmud Torah, Detroit's first Jewish communal school; delegate to the first American Jewish Congress; and a founder of the Jewish Community Council. ”(Katz, EJ) Dust jacket lightly soiled with minimal edgewear. Internally bright and crispd. Very Good condition. (RAB-14-18A) (ID #34357) $30.00.
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  186. Rabinowitz, Jacob J; Maimonides, Moses. THE CODE OF MAIMONIDES. BOOK THIRTEEN: THE BOOK OF CIVIL LAWS. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press, 1949. 8vo. Xxiv, 345 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Jewish law. SERIES: Yale Judaica series; v. 2; “Born in Volkovysk, Poland, Rabinowitz, after teaching for several years in Vitebsk, left in 1900 for Switzerland, where he started to write. Upon his return to Russia in 1904, he became active in Zionist affairs and began his long career as journalist and author. From 1907 until his departure for Erez Israel in 1910, he was active in the Odessa Committee, becoming M. M. Ussishkin's principal aide. In Erez Israel he first settled in Petah Tikvah, but moved to Tel Aviv in 1923. Together with A. Barash he founded the literary journal Hedim (1922), which became a forum for both the old and young generations of writers and an outstanding expression of the literary milieu in Erez Israel from the time of the Third Aliyah. His own contributions consisted of monographs on various authors. In addition, he wrote a regular column for Davar, contributed to many literary periodicals, and published translations” such as this one. (Kressel, EJ) DJ lightly soiled, with some edge wear. Internally bright and crisp. Very Good condition. (RAB-14-17A) (ID #34356) $30.00.
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  188. Maimonides, Moses, Joshua Finkel, and Shmuel Ibn Tibbon. MAIMONIDES' TREATISE ON RESURRECTION: (MAQALA FI TEHIYYAT HA-METIM). New York: American Academy For Jewish Research, 1939. Paper Wrappers, 8vo. Approximately 140 pages. First edition. Title page in Hebrew on verso. Illustrated with two facsimiles of the original manuscripts. Introduction, notes, and appendices in English by Finkel, followed by the original manuscript in Arabic (Hebrew script), and Hebrew translation by Samuel Ibn Tibbon, and a Hebrew glossary. Finkel (1904-1983) was an American "orientalist and scholar, [who was] born in Warsaw, Poland, and was taken to the United States in 1913. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary...[and] spent the years 1924-26 in research in Egypt, where he procured the manuscripts of the three Arabic epistles of al-Jahiz (c. 776-868), a celebrated Muslim polygraph, which he published in Cairo in 1926. From 1937 [on] he taught Semitic languages at Yeshiva University. His later interest in psychoanalysis produced some studies in which he applied psychoanalytic theories to Jewish cultural phenomena" [Abraham Solomon Halkin in EJ]. SUBJECT(S): Resurrection (Jewish theology). Yapped edges are bumped; cover soil. Interior in very good condition. (RAB-7-5A) (ID #34432) $50.00.
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  190. Maimonides, Moses; Shmuel Ibn Tibbon; Joseph Isaac Gorfinkle. THE EIGHT CHAPTERS OF MAIMONIDES ON ETHICS: (SHEMONAH PERAKIM): A PSYCHOLOGICAL AND ETHICAL TREATISE. New York; Columbia University Press, 1912. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, 104, 55 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In English and Hebrew. Critical edition of Samuel ibn Tibbon's Hebrew version of the Arabic original, with English translation. Published also as Columbia university oriental studies, vol. VII. Samuel Ibn Tibbon (c. 1165–1232) was a translator, philosopher, and philosophical commentator on the Bible. He is most famous for his translation of Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed from Arabic into Hebrew, but he translated other works by Maimonides, and produced the first Hebrew versions of Aristotle and Averroes. The first major translation of Maimonides by Ibn Tibbon was the commentary on Avot, which was completed, according to the manuscript, in 1202. Ibn Tibbon translated the commentary proper together with Maimonides' introduction, entitled “Eight Chapters. ” The preface in particular, consisting of an introduction to and adaptation of Aristotelian ethics, would become the standard introduction to philosophical ethics in Hebrew throughout the later Middle Ages. Subjects: Thamaniyat fusul. Jewish ethics - Early works to 1800. Jewish ethics. Early works. Joshua Bloch's copy, with his signature on front endpage. Light wear to cloth, very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-1) (ID #34440) $75.00.
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  192. Maimonides, Moses; Yitshak Ben Natan; Solomon Judah Leib Rapoport; Moritz Steinschneider. MAAMAR HA-YIHUD LEHA-RAMBAM = MAAMAR HA-JICHUD (ABHANDLUNG ÜBER DIE EINHEIT) [FROM THE LIBRARY OF EPHRAIM DEINARD]. Berlin; Be-Hotsa'ot Tsevi Hirsh Kolvari, 1846. Original Wraps. 12mo. 10, 40, XIV pages. 19 cm. First edition. First Appearance. In Hebrew with Introduction and Synopsis in German. 'Treatise on the Unity of God'. Translated from the Arabic by Isaac Nathan ben Kalonymus. Hebrew translation of Maimonides' Maamar Hayichud, a brief Aristotelian treatise on the nature of oneness. With notes on Isaac ben Nathan's Hebrew translation, letter of commentaries, and corrections by Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah Rapoport of Prague. With a foreword by Moritz Steinschneider, citing parallel passages from the Maamar Hayichud and the Mishneh Torah, and notes on linguistic and technical details of the Arabic. Published a year later, in 1847 as well (Sefer Shene ha-mekorot), with a different preface, and an added addendum by Steinschneider. Our copy originally comes from the library of Ephraim Deinard, with his signature, date (Nov. 1901) and bibliographic notes in margin of Hebrew title page. Subjects: God (Judaism). Jewish philosophy - 12th century. OCLC lists 16 copies. Pages aged, with some chipping to edges; otherwise clean annd fresh. Good + condition. (BIBLIOG-35-11) (ID #34237) $200.00.
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  194. Rubio, Mercedes. AQUINAS AND MAIMONIDES ON THE POSSIBILITY OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD: AN EXAMINATION OF THE QUAESTIO DE ATTRIBUTIS. Dordrecht; Springer, 2006. Hardback. 8vo. VI, 323 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Text in English and Latin. “Thomas Aquinas wrote a text later known as Quaestio de attributis and ordered it inserted in a precise location of his Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard more than a decade after composing this work. Aquinas assigned exceptional importance to this text, in which he confronts the debate on the issue of the divine attributes that swept the most important centres of learning in 13th Century Europe and examines the answers given to the problem by the representatives of the four mainstream schools of his time: the Greek mystic Dionysius Areopagita, the Latin Saint Anselm of Canterbury, the Jewish rabbi Moses Maimonides and the Muslim philosopher Ibn Sina. This in-depth study of Thomas Aquinas’ Quaestio de attributis binds together the findings of previous research on the unique history of this text by reconstructing the historical circumstances surrounding its composition, shows that the Quaestio contains Aquinas’ final answer to the dispute on the divine attributes, and thoroughly examines his interpretation of Maimonides’ position on the issue of the knowledge of God by analysing this and other texts related to it chronologically and doctrinally. The examination of the Quaestio reveals the background of Thomas Aquinas’ renewed interest in Maimonides’ position on the issue and brings to light elements of Aquinas’ interpretation that are absent from his earlier references to Maimonides. Moreover, the chronological and doctrinal connection of the Quaestio de attributis to other Thomistic works with explicit references to Maimonides enables a reconstruction of his comprehensive approach to Maimonides’ teaching on the possibility and extent of the knowledge of God in the Guide of the Perplexed and highlights the place of Maimonides’ philosophical teachings in Thomas’ own thought in issues like 'Being' as the proper name of God, the multiplicity of the divine names, the beatific vision in the afterlife, the causes that prevent the instruction of the multitude in divine matters and the role of faith and prophecy in the acquisition of the true knowledge of God in this life. The last chapter examines the reasons behind Aquinas’ silencing of Maimonides’ name when introducing his Five Ways for the knowledge of the existence of God, in spite of the evident relation between these and Maimonides’ Four Speculations. The study is completed with an extensive appendix that includes the text of the Quaestio de attributis with an English translation and the critical edition of several chapters of the 13th Century Latin translation of the Guide of the Perplexed known as Dux neutrorum. ” Publishers Description. Subjects: God - Knowableness - History of doctrines - Middle Ages, 600-1500. God - Attributes - History of doctrines - Middle Ages, 600-1500. Philosophy, Medieval. Thomas, Aquinas, Saint, 1225? -1274. Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Brand new. Publisher’s price is more than double ours. New Condition. (SPRINGER-1-5) (ID #33456) $75.00.
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  196. Geiger, Abraham. PARSHANDATA: 'AL HAKHME TSARFAT MEFARSHE HA-MIKRA = PARSCHANDATHA; DIE NORDFRANZO¨SISCHE EXEGETENSCHULE; EIN BEITRAG ZUR GESCHICHTE DER BIBEL-EXEGESE UND DER JU¨DISCHEN LITERATUR. Leipzig; Leopold Schnauss / Hevrat Mahazike Hokhmat Yisra'el, 1855. Later wraps. 12mo. 54, 34 pages. 19 cm. First edition. In Hebrew and German. 'Parshandata: The North French Exegetical School; A Contribution to the History of Bible Exegesis and Jewish Literature. ' Studies in the history of exegesis, concentrating on Rashi and the school of tosafists of which Rashi was the founder. “Rashi's qualifications for his task, and even his faults, have made his commentaries on the Bible, particularly on the Pentateuch, especially suitable for general reading and edification, and have won for him the epithet of 'Parshandatha' (Esth. Ix. 7), taken by some writers as 'parshan data' (= 'interpreter of the Law'). ” -1906 JE. Written by Abraham Geiger (1810–1874), pioneer of the Wissenschaft des Judentums and founder of Reform Judaism. Subjects: Jewish learning and scholarship - History. Jews - France. Jewish learning and scholarship. Rashi. Jews. Criticism, interpretation, etc. History. France. Bible. Old Testament - Criticism, interpretation, etc. - History. Pages lightly foxed and lightly soiled, overall very clean and fresh. Good + condition. (GER-45-21) (ID #33827) $95.00.
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  198. Hailperin, Herman. RASHI AND THE CHRISTIAN SCHOLARS. University Of Pittsburgh Press, 1963. Cloth, 8vo xvii, 379 pages. First Edition. SUBJECT (S): Rashi, 1040-1105 Nicholas, of Lyra, ca. 1270-1349. Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History. Includes Bibliographical references in "Notes" (p. 267-358). Very good condition. (BIB-23-4A) (ID #34425) $30.00.
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  200. Rosenblatt, Samuel. SAADIA GAON: THE BOOK OF BELIEFS AND OPINIONS. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1948. 8vo. Xxxii, 496 pages. SERIES: Yale Judaica series, vol. 1; Rosenblatt (1902–), son of the famous Hazzan Josef (Yossele) Rosenblatt, was “born in Bratislava and was taken to the United States in 1912. He received a rabbincal degree from the Jewish Theological Seminary (1925); studied in Jerusalem on a fellowship from the American Schools of Oriental Research; and received a Ph. D. From Columbia (1927). From 1927 Rabbi Rosenblatt served Congregation Beth Tefiloh in Baltimore, Maryland. He headed the Baltimore Board of Rabbis (1952–); Mizrachi (1938–42); and the American Jewish Congress (1942–47). Associated with Johns Hopkins University from 1930, Rosenblatt taught Jewish literature until 1947, and thereafter oriental languages”(EJ). Ex-library with usual markings, slight tears to jacket, good condition. (RAB-57-18A) (ID #21456) $35.00.
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  202. Another Copy, later printing. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1951. 8vo. Xxxii, 496 pages. SERIES: Yale Judaica series, vol. 1; Tears to repaired jacket, otherwise, clean and fresh, very good condition. (RAB-57-18D) (ID #28764) $35.00.
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  204. Kimhi, David. PERUSH RADAK AL HA-TORAH: SEFER BE-RESHIT. Presburg; Gedrukt Bay A. Fon Shmid, 1842. Later Boards. 8vo. 91 leaves [i. E. 182 pages]. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. First appearance of Commentary of Radak on Genesis. Published from a manuscript from the Royal Library of Paris, edited by A. Ginsburg. Rabbi David Kimhi (1160? –1235? ), grammarian and exegete of Narbonne, Provence. Subjects: Bible. Genesis - Commentaries. OCLC lists 12 copies. Very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-10) (ID #34449) $200.00.
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  206. Kimhi, David; Harry Alan Cohen. THE COMMENTARY OF RABBI DAVID KIMHI ON HOSEA. New York; Columbia University Press, 1929. Original Cloth. 8vo. XLI, 130 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew and English. Columbia University oriental studies, v. 20. The commentary of Rabbi David Kimhi on Hosea; edited, with critical notes showing his sources, on the basis of manuscripts and early editions. Hebrew text of "Perush Radak `al Hoshea" (romanized form) p. [9]-115. "The sources of R. David Kimhi": pages xvi-xix. "Sources cited by Kimhi": p. Xx-xxvi. Commentary of Radak on the book of Joshua: “Kimhi began his exegetical activity with a commentary to the Book of Chronicles...This was followed by commentaries to Genesis, all the prophetic books, and Psalms. In all of these, Kimhi endeavored to utilize the methodology of Ibn Ezra and the elder Kimhis, stressing scientific philological analysis and de-emphasizing homiletical digression. Unlike these predecessors, however, Kimhi relied heavily on rabbinic literature, distinguishing between perush or interpretation which conformed to his standards of peshat, and purely homiletical interpretations or derashot, many of which he included nonetheless for added interest. In his exegesis too, Kimhi strove for clarity and readibility in an attempt to depart from the compression and obscurity of his predecessors. ” - 2008 JE, Talmage. Subjects: Commentaries. Bible. David Kimhi. Hosea - Commentaries. Bible. Hosea. Cloth soiled, pages lightly wavy from water damage, otherwise clean. Fair condition. (RAB-58-5) (ID #34444) $45.00.
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  208. Hurwitz, Simon. THE RESPONSA OF SOLOMON LURIA (MAHARSHAL) THE LEGAL DECISIONS OF THE FAMOUS 16TH CENTURY SAGE. Bloch, New York, 1938. Original Cloth, 8vo. Xvi, 181 pages. Solomon Luria (AKA The Maharsha"l. 1510 -November 7, 1574) was one of the great Ashkenazi poskim (appointed authorities of Jewish law) and teachers of his time. Contents include: "Responsa of Solomon Luria, " "Bigamy" "Divorce by Coercion, " "Is Plea of Repugnancy Ground for Divorce, " "Mourning, " "Slander, " & "Sabbath. " Very Good Condition. (rab-59-12) (ID #34569) $30.00.
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  210. Luria, Solomon Ben Jehiel. SEFER YAM SHEL SHELOMOH MI-MASEKHET HULIN.... Furth, 1766. Hardcover, 92 leaves, large 4to, 34cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Talmud -- Commentaries. Talmud. Hullin -- Commentaries. OCLC lists 4 copies worldwide (Yale, Spertus, JTS, Cambridge). Ex-library with usual markings. Notes inside front cover. Water stain to bottom of pages throughout book. Wear and chipping to edges of front and back cover. Wear to cover binding. Stained pages. Otherwise, good condition. (BIB-15-13) (ID #24283) $350.00.
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  212. Luzzatto, Samuel David and Wilhelm Bacher. SAMUEL DAVID LUZZATTO: EIN GEDENKBUCH ZUM HUNDERTSTEN GEBURTSTAGE, 22. AUGUST 1900. Berlin: A. Katz, 1900. Softcover, 114 pages, 8vo, 23 cm. In German. SUBJECT (S): Luzzatto, Samuel David, 1800-1865. Includes bibliographical references. OCLC lists 2 copes worldwide (Stanford, Cambridge). Stained pages. Hinge repair. Wear to edges of cover. Otherwise, good condition. (rab-33-7) (ID #24161) $125.00.
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  214. Luzzatto, Samuel David. KINOR NAIM: HELEK 2 [only]. KOLEL SHIRIM VE-MATSEVOT = POESIE ED EPITAFFII: OPERA POSTUMA. Padova; Tip. Crescini, 1879. Later Cloth. 8vo. V, 392 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, Italian, and German. Kinnor Na'im, collection of poems. Vol. 1 was published over 50 years earlier (Vienna, 1825). Poetry by Samuel David (ShaDaL) Luzzatto: Italian philologist, poet, and Biblical exegete; born at Triest Aug. 22, 1800; died at Padua Sept. 30, 1865. Subjects: Hebrew poetry. Elegiac poetry, Hebrew. OCLC lists 10 copies. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-38) (ID #34477) $135.00.
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  216. Luzzatto, Samuel David. OHEV GER: MAAMAR MEHKARI AL TARGUM ONKELOS HA-GER IM BEUR DERAKHAV U-NETIVOTAV BE-TARGUMO. 2nd edition. Krakow; Bi-Defus Shel Y. Fisher, 1895. Later Cloth. 8vo. XII, XVI, 139 pages. 22 cm. Second edition. First published 1830, Vienna. In Hebrew. Added Latin title page: Philoxenus: sive de Onkelosi Chaldaica Pentateuchi versione dissertatio hermeneutico-critica. Oheb Ger, guide to the understanding of the Targum of Onkelos, with notes and variants; accompanied by a short Syriac grammar and notes on and variants in the Targum of Psalms. The author, Samuel David Luzzatto (also known under the acronym of SHaDaL), was an Italian Rabbi, poet, grammarian and scholar of Hebrew letters, born in Trieste on August 22, 1800, and died in Padua on September 30, 1865. “Luzzatto's high regard for the Aramaic translation of Onkelos to which he devoted his Ohev Ger (the 'Lover of the Proselyte, ' 1830), an allusion to the conversion of Onkelos to Judaism. He named his son Philoxenus (the Latin equivalent of Ohev Ger). He divided the work into two parts. The first demonstrates the method of Onkelos when the latter seems to depart from the literal translation of a text, especially when he wants to avoid anthropomorphisms. The second part of Ohev Ger deals with matters of text and is technical. ” - 2008 EJ. Luzzato (1800-1865) was "Italian scholar, philosopher, Bible commentator, and translator. His father, Hezekiah, was an artisan at Trieste and a scholarly Jew who could claim descent from a long line of scholars. He wrote his first Hebrew poem at the age of nine. His mother died when he was 13 and his father's pecuniary status declined seriously making it necessary for the young Luzzatto to assist his father in his work. His own wife died after a long illness, and he eventually married her sister. He survived two of his children - one Philoxenus (or Filosseno), had been a young man of especially great promise. " (Tobias in EJ, 2007). Subjects: Commentaries. Bible. Old Testament. Aramaic. Targum Onkelos - Commentaries. Targum. Pentateuch. Targum Onkelos - Commentaries.Other Titles: Philoxenus, sive de Onkelosi Chaldaica Pentateuchi versione dissertatio hermeneutico-critic. Gift inscription to leading Jewish bibliographer Dr. Joshua Bloch on title page. Very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-12) (ID #34451) $125.00.
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  218. Danzig, Abraham Ben Jehiel Michal. SEFER HOKHMAT ADAM [BOUND WITH] BINAT ADAM. Shanghai; Ezrat-Torah, [1945]. Original Boards. 8vo. 463; 156 pages. 21 cm. Shanghai Hebrew imprint. In Hebrew. Hokmat Adam; Binat Adam (The Wisdom of Man; the Understanding of Man). Avraham Danzig's Hokhmat Adam and Binat Adam bound together, both printed in Shanghai for Jewish Refugees there. Abraham ben Jehiel Michal Danzig (1748–1820), halakhic authority and author. “Hokhmat adam, with the commentary Binat adam (1815). This latter work deals with matters relating to the Yoreh de‘ah section of the Shulhan ‘arukh—especially the laws of ritual slaughter, kosher food, vows, menstruation, lending at interest, charity, and mourning—along with a few matters relating to marriage and civil law. In both Haye adam and Hokhmat adam, Danzig usually presents only the final halakhic ruling on an issue, though at times he places a dispute before the reader and decides between the two opinions. He often relies on the commentators to the Shulhan ‘arukh—including the Gaon of Vilna, whom Danzig admired and to whom he was related by marriage—but he does not hesitate to rule against them. Alongside his theoretical arguments justifying his rulings, he often offers explanations based on personal experience. ” - YIVO Encyclopedia. Subjects: Danzig, Abraham ben Jehiel Michal, 1748-1820. Hokhmat Adam. Binat Adam. Shanghai – Jewish Refugees. OCLC lists only one copy (Natl Libr Israel). Boards worn, lightly shaken. Pages aged, minor edge wear. Otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. Very scarce, (HOLO2-117-59) (ID #34145) $165.00.
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  220. Ganzfried, Solomon Ben Joseph. KITSUR SHULHAN 'ARUKH. Basle; Librairie Victor Goldschmidt, 1945. Original Cloth. 8vo. [1], 132 pages. 22 cm. Kitsur Shulhan Arukh (Code of Jewish Law), printed in Basle, Switzerland, ostensibly for Jewish refugees there. The Kitsur Shulhan Arukh by Solomon ben Joseph Ganzfried (1804–1886), Hungarian rabbi and author. “His most famous work is the Kitsur [Abridged] Shulhan ‘arukh (1864), a text that summarizes, in simple, straightforward language, the main practical religious commandments to be observed in everyday life. Ganzfried states in his introduction that his primary sources, in addition to Yosef Karo’s Shulhan ‘arukh itself, were the halakhic works of the rabbis Ya‘akov Lorbeerbaum of Lissa (Leszno), Shneur Zalman of Liady, and Avraham Danzig, and whenever their opinions divided, he concurred with the majority ruling. The Kitsur Shulhan ‘arukh was very popular during Ganzfried’s lifetime; indeed, it was one of the most widely accepted halakhic books for the religious public. Dozens of editions were printed, and the book was translated more than once into English, Yiddish, French, German, and Hungarian. Various commentaries on the Kitsur were written as well—although Ganzfried had opposed this, as he wished to retain the concise format of his original version. ” - YIVO Encyclopedia. Attractively printed and bound, in green cloth with gilt title. Subjects: Jewish law. OCLC lists 6 copies. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (HOLO2-117-60) (ID #34146) $125.00.
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  222. Gunzberg, Aryeh Leib Ben Asher. SHA'AGAT ARYEH. Munich; Ha-Va'ad Le-Hotsa'ot Sefarim Etsel Va'ad Ha-Hatsalah, 1947. Original Cloth. 8vo. 90 Leaves. 25 cm. In Hebrew. Sha'agat Aryeh, published for survivors and refugees in Europe; with prefatory printed dedication from Rabbi Nathan Baruch of Vaad Hatzala. Following the end of the Second World War, the Vaad's activities, centered in Germany and France, consisted of distributing funds and shipments of food and religious books to Displaced Persons camps in Germany and newly established yeshivot. It provided spiritual rehabilitation to remnants of Jewish communities destroyed during the Holocaust. Publication of Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg (Gintsburg) (1695-1785) responsa titled Sha’agat Aryeh (The Roar of the Lion; first published 1755). “The work brought him lasting recognition and has been republished at least 40 times since; it is still considered to be an essential text of rabbinic learning. Sha’agat Aryeh rejected the use of pilpul he had once indulged in and insisted on a direct approach of the Talmudic text with no special attention given to the contributions of the sixteenth–eighteenth-century authors. ” - YIVO Encyclopedia. Subjects: Responsa - 1600-1800. Responsa. 1600 – 1800. Vaad Hatzala. OCLC lists 8 copies. Boards loose, worn edges; pages lightly aged; otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (HOLO2-117-54) (ID #34140) $125.00.
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  224. Another Copy. Munich; Ha-Va'ad Le-Hotsa'ot Sefarim Etsel Va'ad Ha-Hatsalah, 1947. Original Cloth. 8vo. 90 Leaves. 25 cm. Spine rebacked, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (HOLO2-117-55) (ID #34141) $125.00.
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  226. Heller, Aryeh Leib Ben Joseph, Ha-Kohen. SHEV SHEM'ATETA. Minkhen; Ha-Va'ad Le-Hotsa'at Sefarim Etsel Va'ad Ha-Hatsalah, 1947. Original Cloth. 16mo. 16, 190 pages. 15 cm. In Hebrew. Published for refugees and survivors in Central Europe; published by Vaad Hatzala, Munich, Germany. Shev shema‘teta, a scholarly discussion of seven Talmudic issues (first published 1804), by Aryeh Leib ha-Kohen Heller (1745–1813), rabbi and Talmudist. Subjects: Vaad Hatzala. Talmud Bavli – Commentaries. Commentaries. Talmud - Commentaries. Talmud. OCLC lists 14 copies. Boards previously repaired, pages lightly aged, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (HOLO2-117-56) (ID #34142) $125.00.
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  228. Hertz, Joseph H;. PIRKE AVOT = SAYINGS OF THE FATHERS. London: Office Of The Chief Rabbi, 1942. Original Wraps. 16mo. 113 pages. 17 cm. Sailor's, soldier's and airmen's edition. In Hebrew and English. Hebrew text, revised translation with commentary by The Chief Rabbi Dr. J. H. Hertz. The scarcer 1942 edition (the 1943 edition is far more common). “This reprint is subventioned by Mr. Henry Green and Family in Memory of Hannah Keila Green. ” Pirke Avot for British sailors, soldiers, and airmen, with commentary by Chief Rabbi Joseph Herman Hertz (1872-1946): “born in Slovakia, but moved to the United States of America in 1884. He graduated from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York in 1894. He was rabbi of Adath Yeshuran Congregation, Syracuse, 1894-6, rabbi at Johannesburg, 1899-1911, rabbi at the Orach Chaim Congregation, New York, 1911-13, and Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, 1913-46.”- Papers of Chief Rabbi J. H. Hertz Subjects: Jewish soldiers - Religious life - Great Britain. Jewish soldiers - Religious life. Commentaries. Great Britain. Mishnah. Avot - Commentaries. OCLC lists 17 copies. Light wear to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (HOLO2-117-36) (ID #34122) $100.00.
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  230. Ster, Juda. DIE TALMUDISCHE PÄDAGOGIK ALS WEGWEISER: FÜR SCHULE UND HAUS IM LICHTE DER GEGENWART DARGESTELLT. Breslau, Selbstverlag Des Verfassers, 1915. Original Cloth. 8vo. IV, 402 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In German, with some Hebrew. 'Talmudic Education as a Guide: for the Contemporary School and Home. ' Self published by the author. Subjects: Jews - Education. Talmud. Talmud - Study and teaching. Jewish religious schools. Cloth lightly rubbed, minor soiling to title page, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (GER-43-24) (ID #33611) $30.00.
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  232. Heller, Hayyim. שיטא, הוא התרגום הסורי לתנ״ך :‏ ‏מועתק לכתב עברי עם הערות והגהות ובאורים /‏ PESHITA, HU HA-TARGUM HA-SURI LA-TANAKH : MUʻATAḲ LI-KHETAV ʻIVRI ʻIM HEʻAROT ṾA-HAGAHOT U-VEʼURIM. PESHITTA, IN HEBREW CHARACTERS WITH ELUCIDATORY NOTES BY CH. HELLER; PT. II EXODUS. Berlin; Drukerei Gutenberg, 1929. Original Wraps. 4to. 128 pages. 30 cm. First edition. Part two only (Shemot). Text in Syriac in Hebrew letters. Peshitta, in Hebrew characters with elucidatory notes by Ch. Heller. Hayim Heller (1879–1960), “rabbi and biblical scholar. Born in Bialystok, Hayim Heller earned a doctorate from the University of Würzburg in Germany and was appointed rabbi of Lomza in 1912, a position that he resigned from within months. In 1914, he was elected rabbi of Suwalki, but World War I broke out before he could accept the position, and he moved to Gomel. At the end of the war, Heller returned to Warsaw, where in 1920 he was invited to head the Judaic studies program of the Tahkemoni rabbinical seminary, which had been established by Mizrahi. Because of the impossibly high standards that Heller set for accepting students, he did not find candidates he considered worthy of admission, and the offer of his appointment was rescinded. In 1922 he established the Bet ha-Midrash ha-‘Elyon in Berlin, a yeshiva that stressed a scientific approach to the Bible and rabbinic literature. The majority of the students were graduates of yeshivas in Lithuania and Poland. In 1929, Heller was appointed as a lecturer in biblical studies at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University in New York, and during the 1930s he lived intermittently in Palestine and in Europe. In 1937, he returned to the United States, where he lived first in Chicago and later settled in New York, returning to lecture at Yeshiva University and other institutions. His research, mainly on the text of the Bible and its translations, was geared toward the defense of the traditional Masoretic text and against biblical criticism. ” (Yivo Encyclopedia). Subjects: Bible. Pentateuch. Syriac. Peshitta - Criticism. Bible. Genesis. Syriac. Peshitta - Criticism, Textual. Bible. Exodus. Syriac. Peshitta - Criticism, Textual. OCLC lists 30 copies. Edges lightly bumped, backstrip absent, light soiling to upper edge, otherwise fresh and clean. Good condition. (SPEC-39-18) (ID #32930) $75.00.
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  234. Asher Ben Jehiel, Abraham Ben David, Yom Tob Ben Abraham Ishbili. PERUSH HA-ROSH VEHA-RAVAD:... ‘AL MISHNAYO. ‘AL TAMID U-FE. HA-ROSH... ‘AL KINIM U-MIDO. U-FE. HELEK.... Prague: ‘al Yede Nekhde Shel Yuda Bek, 1725. Hardcover, 8vo, 48 leaves, 26 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Mishnah. Tamid -- Commentaries. Talmud. Sanhedrin -- Commentaries. Wear and chipping to edges of cover boards and cover corners. Notes inside front cover. Some stained pages. Aside from outer cover edges, very good condition. (Heb38-11) (ID #28059) $350.00.
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  236. Bezalel Ben Solomon, Of Kobryn, Active 17th Century. SEFER KORBAN SHABAT: VE-HU... AL KETSAT DINIM SHEL SHABAT MELUKAT IM MI-POSKIM UMI-SIFRE KABALAH.... Varsha (Warsaw): Bi-Defus Natan Shriftgisser, 1872. Cloth, 12mo, 160 pages; 19 cm. In Hebrew. Bezalel ben Solomon of Kobryn (17th century) was a “preacher and author. Bezalel was active in Slutsk (Minsk region), Boskowitz (Moravia), and Przemysl…. Korban Shabbat [consists of]…homilies on the Sabbath precepts and customs, compiled from the halakhic authorities and works of Kabbalah” (EJ, 2007). SUBJECT(S): Sabbath (Jewish law). OCLC lists only 2 copies worldwide (JTS, U Leeds), and only 7 copies of earlier editions. Very Good Condition. (rab-59-3) (ID #34559) $75.00.
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  238. Cohen, Boaz. NOTE SUR LA LOI JUIVE DE DIVORCE.... Paris, Imprimerie H. Elias,. 1st Edition (?). 8vo; 12 pages; 26 cm. A Publications de la Societe des etudes juives. Inscribed in Boaz' hand: "For the____Library". Edgechipping to cover, internally very good overall Good Condition. (RAB-60-2) (ID #34422) $45.00.
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  240. Duschak, M. ZUR BOTANIK DES TALMUD. Budapest: Druck Von I. Neuer, 1870. Original wraps. 8vo. 133, [2] pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German, with some Hebrew. 'On Botany in the Talmud. ' Wraps list: Pest, 1871, Selbstverlag der Verfassers (self-published by the author); however title page lists 1870. Treatise on botanic science in the Talmud written by Rabbi Moritz Duschak (1815-1890); “Austrian rabbi and author. He was a pupil in Talmud of R. Moses Sofer of Presburg, and was for a long time rabbi at Gaya, Moravia. In 1877 he became preacher in Cracow and teacher of religion at the gymnasium of that city. He was a modern preacher and the author of works in the German language. Although engaged to deliver his sermons at the Temple, his sympathies were mostly with the old-style Orthodox people of the 'Klaus, ' who could better appreciate his Talmudical knowledge. His position as preacher was thus somewhat anomalous; and after several years' service he left Cracow and settled in Vienna, where he spent his last days in neglect and disappointment. ” - 1906 JE. Important study, still cited in medical literature on plant use in human diets. Subjects: Plants in rabbinical literature. Talmud - Natural history. Botany. Plants in literature. Wraps and title page lightly soiled, edges bumped, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (GER-43-20) (ID #33607) $85.00.
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  242. Dynow, Zevi Elimelech. MAGID TAALUMAH:... AL MASEKHET BERAKHOT. Premishla; Bi-Defus Zupnik et Knoller, 1876. Later Cloth. 4to. 114 leaves [i. E. 228 pages]. 33 cm. First edition. Magid ta'alumah; by Zevi Elimelech of Dynow; Hasidic Zaddik, Rabbi, and author (1785–1841). Extremely learned in the Talmud, Codes, Kabbalah, and the literature of early Hasidism, Zevi Elimelech objected to Jews studying secular subjects and was a fiery opponent of the Haskalah. Subjects: Commentaries. Talmud. Berakhot - Commentaries. Talmud. Berakhot. OCLC lists 7 copies. Blank endpapers chipped; but printed on thick quality paper, lightly aged, but very clean. Binding solid. Good condition. (RAB-58-36) (ID #34475) $200.00.
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  244. Dynow, Zevi Elimelech. VE-HEYEH BERAKHAH:... AL MISHNAYOT BERAKHOT VE-TOSEFTA [BOUND WITH] MAGID TAALUMAH:... AL MASEKHET BERAKHOT. Przemysl; Bi-Defus H. A. Zupnik et Knoller, 1875. Later Cloth. 4to. 37; 114 leaves [i. E. 64; 228 pages]. 29 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Ve-Heyeh Berakhah and Maggid Ta'alumah bound together. Both printed in Przemysl. Two volumes of Talmud commentary by Zevi Elimelech of Dynow; Hasidic Zaddik, Rabbi, and author (1785–1841). Extremely learned in the Talmud, Codes, Kabbalah, and the literature of early Hasidism, Zevi Elimelech objected to Jews studying secular subjects and was a fiery opponent of the Haskalah. Both volumes edited by Meir Shapira. Subjects: Mishnah. Berakhot - Commentaries. Tosefta. Berakhot - Commentaries. Mishnah. Berakhot. Tosefta. Berakhot. Talmud. - Berakhot - Commentaries. OCLC lists 16 copies. Light soiling throughout, otherwise clean. Good condition. (RAB-58-33) (ID #34472) $100.00.
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  246. Eisler, Moritz. VORLESUNGEN ÜBER DIE JUDISCHEN PHILOSOPHEN DES MITTELALTERS. ABTHEILUNG I & II. (COMPLETE). Wien (Vienna), Bruder Winter & Verlag Der Wallishausser'schen Buchhandlung, 1870-1876. Period Cloth with gilt spine, 8vo; 119 +140 pages. Includes Saadia, Bachia, Ibn Gabirol, Jehuda Halevi, and Ibn Ezra. Stain to front board, Part I browning but solid, Part II excellent, overall Very Good Condition. (RAB – 45-22A) (ID #34567) $150.00.
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  248. Feldman, W. M. RABBINICAL MATHEMATICS AND ASTRONOMY. New York; Hermon Press, 1965. Original Cloth. 8vo. XIV, 232 pages. 24 cm. Second American edition. With preface by R. A. Sampson, and foreword by Adolf Fraenkel; with fifty-six diagrams. A pioneering monograph on Rabbinical literature on mathematics and astronomy, originally published by M. L. Cailingold of the East End of London in a very small edition in 1931. William Moses Feldman (1879-1939) received a rabbinical education at Jews' College, and studied medicine at London Hospital; he was an eminent paediatrician, and wrote several books on children's health in Yiddish and English. In the Royal College of Medicine he became Vice-President of the History of Medicine Section, and wrote a noteworthy paper on 'The life and medical work of Maimonides' ( Proc. Roy. Soc. Med. V.28 (1935), 23-26). He was strongly interested in mathematics and astronomy, became a member of the British Astronomical Association, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1927 and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1934. Subjects: Mathematics, Jewish. Jewish astronomy. Jewish calendar. Jewish astronomy. Jewish calendar. Mathematics, Jewish. Talmud. Previous owners comments in pen on first endpage, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition in good jacket. (RAB-58-24) (ID #34463) $30.00.
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  250. Another Copy. New York; Hermon Press, 1965. Original Cloth. 8vo. XIV, 232 pages. 24 cm. Second, American edition. Jacket absent. First two blank endpages torn out, not affecting text. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-58-25) (ID #34464) $30.00.
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  252. Gaster, Moses. THE EXEMPLA OF THE RABBIS; BEING A COLLECTION OF EXEMPLA, APOLOGUES AND TALES CULLED FROM HEBREW MANUSCRIPTS AND RARE HEBREW BOOKS [INSCRIBED BY MOSES GASTER]. London, Leipzig; The Asia Pub. Co, 1924. Original Cloth. 8vo. XLV, 314, 208 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In English and Hebrew. The Asia Publishing Co. 's Oriental series. Section 3. Palestine (Hebrew); v. 1. "The book of exempla', Hebrew text": 208 p. At end. London: Probsthain & Co.; Leipzig: O. Harrassowitz. Vol. 1 of 'The Asia Publishing Co. Oriental Series' edited by Bruno Schindler. The Exempla of the Rabbis being a Collection of Exempla, Apologues and Tales Culled from Hebrew Manuscripts and Rare Hebrew Books by Moses Gaster. Part I: Introduction, Translation, Literature and Index (in English). Part II: "The Book of Exempla" (Hebrew Text). Bibliographic study and translation of the Sefer ha-Maasiyot, containing 450 tales— 308 in the Hebrew text as well as in English summaries, and 142 in English summaries only. Written and inscribed by Moses Gaster (1856–1939), rabbi, scholar, Zionist leader, and Hakham of the Sephardic Communities of England. Subjects: Midrash. Exempla. Tales, Jewish. Bibliography. Attractively bound; light soiling to outer edges, otherwise superbly clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (BIBLIOG-35-6) (ID #34232) $75.00.
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  254. Ginzberg, Louis. THE PALESTINIAN TALMUD. New York; Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1941. Later Cloth. 4to. LXXII pages. 29 cm. First edition. "Reprint of the English introduction to the author's Commentary on the Palestinian Talmud. " The Palestinian Talmud, Introductory Essay. ' Important series of essays on the study of the Talmud, published as the beginning of the critical apparatus for the author's scientific commentaries to the Yerushalmi. Louis Ginzberg (1873–1953) was “one of the outstanding Talmud scholars of the first half of the 20th century; leader and the major halakhic authority of the Conservative movement in North America. ” - EJ 2008. The Introduction was later complemented by the four volume Perushim ve-hidushim bi-Yerushalmi' “on Berakhot, Chapters 1–5 (1941–61) remains one of the only scientific commentaries to the Yerushalmi. ” - EJ 2008 Subjects: Talmud Yerushalmi. Talmud Yerusalmi – Introductions. In later cloth, with institutional stamps on endpages and title page, otherwise fresh and clean. Good condition. (RAB-58-18) (ID #34457) $35.00.
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  256. Hoffmann, Moses. JUDENTUM UND KAPITALISMUS; EINE KRITISCHE WÜRDIGUNG VON WERNER SOMBARTS "DIE JUDEN UND DAS WIRTSCHAFTSLEBEN.". Berlin; H. Itzkowski, 1912. Original Wraps. 8vo. [4], 192 pages. 23 cm. First edition. 'Judaism and Capitalism: A Critical Assessment of Werner Sombarts 'The Jews and Modern Capitalism. ' A condensed critique and response of Sombart's work, which originally appeared in the Judische Press in 1911 over the course of thirty serialized responses. Rabbi Hoffmann both expands upon Sombart's theses which he accepts as correct (the Jews as pariahs in the feudal order; important in trade and advertising); while pointing out falsities of other positions (Sombart's incorrect claim that Jews invented bills of exchange). Hoffmann also discusses present day Jewish agricultural work in Palestine, state and class strata at the time of writing of the Hebrew bible and the New Testament (comparing various theocratic dicta on wealth), and the fundamental structure of modern capitalism (production). Subjects: Jews - Politics and government. Jews - Social conditions. Economic history. Sombart, Werner, 1863-1941. Juden und das Wirtschaftsleben. Rear wrap replaced. Minor chipping to front wrap; internally clean and fresh. Otherwise condition. (GER-44-32) (ID #33767) $30.00.
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  258. Isaac Allen. COMPARISONS BETWEEN TALMUDIC AND AMERICAN LAW.... Tel Aviv-New York: The Author, 1960 Cloth. With a preface and intro. Book collects 14 essays on various aspects of law, Jewish and American. Articles are repeated in Hebrew. English section runs to 67 pages, Hebrew section goes to 144 pages. Very Good condition. (RAB-60-3) (ID #34435) $60.00.
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  260. Jedaiah Ben Abraham Bedersi; Solomon Ben Judah Ibn Gabirol; Ahron Dessau. SEFER MIVHAR HA-PENINIM = DAS BUCH MIBCHAR HA-PENINIM. Berlin; Gedruckt Bei D. Friedla¨nder, 1842. Contemporary marbled paper over boards. 8vo. 114 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In German and Hebrew. Commentary on the Hebrew by Ahron Dessau; German translation by Hirsch Lo¨winsohn. Eroneously ascribed to Bedersi: In his poems he assumed the appellation 'Penini', and because of this appellation the ethical work Mibhar ha-Peninim of Solomon ben Gabirol has been erroneously ascribed to Bedersi. The "Mibhar ha-Peninim" (Choice of Pearls) “is, as its name implies, a collection, in sixty-four chapters, of maxims, proverbs, and moral reflections, many of them of Arabic origin. It has often been cited by philosophers, exegetes, Talmudists, and moralists. … The editio princeps was published, together with a short commentary, in Soncino, Italy, in 1484. Among the more important editions enumerated by Steinschneider are those of the Hebrew text with Judæo-German translation, 1739 and 1767, and that with German translation, 1842. … The 'Choice of Pearls' is not to be ascribed to Gabirol unconditionally. No old manuscripts and no editions published prior to the nineteenth century refer to Gabirol as the author or compiler. Joseph Kimhi versified the work under the title "Shekel ha-Kodesh", and only two of the five manuscripts of this versification give Gabirol as the name of the author of the original. Steinschneider finds it difficult to answer the question whether the versified paraphrase of Kimhi is based upon a Hebrew translation or upon the Arabic original, but concludes that Kimhi's version does not represent his own translation of the Arabic original, but rather a versified paraphrase of the translation of another. The Hebrew translator of the 'Choice of Pearls' is mentioned in two manuscripts as Judah ibn Tibbon of Seville; and Kimhi apparently made use of the translation attributed to him. ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Aphorisms and apothegms. Ibn Gabirol, active 11th century. Mivhar ha-peninim. OCLC lists 11 copies. Light foxing throughout, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (GER-43-50) (ID #33638) $145.00.
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  262. Karo, Joseph Ben Ephraim and Moses Ben Israel Isserles. SHULHAN ARUKH MI-TUR EVEN HA-EZER. Amsterdam: Hirts Levi Rofe Ve-Hatano Kashman, 1753. Hardcover, 372 pages, 8vo, 20 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Jewish law -- Early works to 1800. Named Person: Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Even ha-ezer. "Nidpas shenit be-tosefet hagahah meduyekhet. " OCLC lists 4 copies worldwide (Harvard, Maryland, JTS, U of Penn). Stained pages. Hinge repair. Aaron Friedman’s copy, with signature. Bookplate inside cover torn. Good condition. (rab-33-9) (ID #24163) $375.00.
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  264. Krauss, Samuel. THE MISHNAH TREATISE SANHEDRIN, EDITED WITH AN INTRODUCTION, NOTES AND GLOSSARY, BY SAMUEL KRAUSS. Leiden; E. J. Brill, 1909. Original Wraps. 8vo. XIII, 61 pages. 20 cm. First edition. Text in Hebrew with introduction, notes and glossary in English. Semitic study series, no. 11. Gives the text of the 1492 Naples edition, with useful critical apparatus. Subjects: Sanhedrin. Tribunaux - Palestine. Litterature hebraique. Talmud. Sanhedrin. Light wear and soiling to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-17) (ID #34456) $35.00.
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  266. Kreppel, J. (Jonas),. DER KODESH: DOS LEBEN IN DI HAREMS FUN DI ALTE SULTANS UN DER KAMPF FUN DI YUDEN TSU DERHALTEN ZEYERE KINDER IN REYNKEYT UN YIDISHKEYT: HISTORISHE DERTSEHLUNG. Pshemishl: Aygentum Fun'm Ferlag Simheh Fraynd, 1924. Period Boards, 12mo, 30 pages; 17 cm. In Yiddish. Title in Polish on base of title page: “Meczennik: Opowiesc Historyczna. ” Title roughly translates as, “Holiness: Life in the Harems of the Old Sultan and the Struggle of the Jews to Raise their children in Purity and Jewishness: historical Stoies. ” Kreppel (1874–1939), was a “journalist and writer. Born in Drohobycz, Galicia, Yoyne (Jonas) Kreppel was active in the Zionist movement and later became a leader of Agudas Yisroel. He also participated in the Czernowitz Conference. Beginning in 1914 in Vienna, he served for many years as an adviser for the Austrian Foreign Ministry. He contributed to Der yud and other Yiddish publications in Galicia and from 1919 was a Vienna correspondent for New York’s Yidishes togblat. A prolific Yiddish-language author of crime and historical fiction in Poland and America, he published more than 100 small books of stories and novels that were popular among a mass readership. He composed a comprehensive overview of contemporary Jewish life in German withJuden und Judentum von Heute (Jews and Judaism Today; 1925). Kreppel died in the concentration camp at Mauthausen” (Yivo Encyclopedia, 2010). OCLC lists only 1 copy worldwide (Yale). Jewish institutional bookplate, Very Good Condition. Scarce. (rab-59-4) (ID #34560) $100.00.
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  268. Malachi Ben Jacob, Ha-Kohen, -Approximately 1785. SEFER YAD MALAKHI: KELALE HA-GEMARA U-KHELALE HA-POSKIM U-KHELALE HA-DINIM. Berlin; [No Publisher], [1856]. Later quarter leather and boards. 8vo. 159 [i. E. 318] pages. 23 cm. Second Printing. Yad Mal'akhi. Originally published: Livorno, 527 [1766 or 1767]. Malachi ben Jacob Ha-Kohen was a “Prominent Talmudist and methodologist of the eighteenth century; the last of the great rabbinical authorities of Italy; died before 1790. He was dayyan at Leghorn, and apparently lived to an old age. … He is especially famous for his 'Yad Mal'aki' (Leghorn, 1767; Berlin, 1856; Przemysl, 1877), a methodological work in three parts: part one contains an alphabetical list of all the rules and technical terms found in the Talmud, with explanations; part two deals with rules regarding the codifiers; part three treats of the rules relating to legal decisions, explaining certain general principles of legal responsa. ” - 1906 JE. Very attractive binding, in quarter leather, gilt title, raised headbands. Subjects: Jewish law - Interpretation and construction. Jewish law - Interpretation and construction. Talmud – Methodology. OCLC lists 15 copies of this edition. Light rubbing to heads of binding; very light foxing to pages, overall very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-9) (ID #34448) $125.00.
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  270. Melamed, Ezra Zion. PIRKE MAVO LE-SIFRUT HA-TALMUD = AN INTRODUCTION TO TALMUDIC LITERATURE. Jerusalem; [None Listed], 1973. Original Cloth. 8vo. 653 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Ezra Zion Melamed (1903–1994), Israeli talmudic scholar and philologist. … He composed a special work in which he summarized the most significant achievements of modern Talmud scholarship: Pirkei Mavo le-Sifrut ha-Talmud (1973). ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Rabbinical literature - History and criticism. Rabbinical literature. Criticism, interpretation, etc. Mishna - Introductions. Talmud Yerushalmi - Introductions. Talmud Bavli - Introductions. Tosefta - Introductions. Very clean and fresh. In great jacket. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-21) (ID #34460) $70.00.
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  272. Mor, Menahem. JEWISH SECTS, RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS, AND POLITICAL PARTIES: PROCEEDINGS OF THE THIRD ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE PHILIP M. AND ETHEL KLUTZNICK CHAIR IN JEWISH CIVILIZATION, HELD ON SUNDAY-MONDAY, OCTOBER 14-15, 1990. Omaha, Neb.; Creighton University Press, 1992. Publishers cloth. 8vo. XXIII, 426 pages. 24 cm. First edition. An excellent compendium of essays covering the breadth of Samaritanism, the Sabbatean Movement, the Haskalah and radical politics, Feminism and Orthodox Judaism, Israel's Communist Movement, Lubavitchers during the Holocaust, etc. Subjects: Judaism - History - Congresses. Jewish sects - History - Congresses. Jews - Politics and government -- Congresses. Political parties - Israel - Congresses. Judaism and politics - Congresses. Judaism and state -- Congresses. Jodendom. Sekten. Godsdienstige bewegingen. Politieke partijen. Sectes juives - Congrès. Juifs - Histoire - Congrès. Highlighting on a single page, otherwise fine. Great condition. (BIBLIOG-33-11) (ID #31915) $30.00.
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  274. Reggio, Isaacus. IGROT YASHAR EL EHAD MI-MEYUDAAV: HIBUR KOLEL HAKIROT AL INYANIM SHONIM [TWO VOLUMES IN ONE]. Vienna; Gedruckt Bey Anton Edlen Von Schmid, 1834-1836. Later Cloth. 8vo. 138; 146 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. "Iggerot Yashar" (ib. 1834-36), a collection of exegetical, philosophical, and historical treatises in the form of letters to a friend. Two volumes in one. Isaac Samuel Reggio (Ia-Sha-R; 1784–1855), “Italian rabbi; one of the founders of the Collegio Rabbinico Italiano. ” - EJ 2008. He is famous as a mathematician and for an Italian translation of the Pentateuch with a commentary in Hebrew. Bound in later cloth and marbled boards. Subject: Judaism. Hebrew essays. Hebrew letters. OCLC lists 25 copies. Light foxing throughout, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-11) (ID #34450) $200.00.
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  276. Samuel Ben Meir; Martin I Lockshin. RASHBAM'S COMMENTARY ON EXODUS: AN ANNOTATED TRANSLATION. Atlanta, Ga.; Scholars Press, 1997. Original Cloth. 8vo. X, 452 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Translation of Rashbam's commentary Perush ha-Torah, Shemot. “This book makes Rabbi Samuel's work on Exodus available to the English reader for the first time in a readable translation, with helpful notes and illustrations. Primarily of interest to students of biblical exegesis, this work will also be useful for students of rabbinics, medieval Jewish intellectual history, history of Hebrew language, and Jewish-Christian polemics. Award-winning author Martin I. Lockshin is Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and Director of the Centre for Jewish Studies, at York University in Toronto. ” - Publishers Description. Subjects: Rashbam. Bible. Exodus - Commentaries. Bible. Old Testament. Exodus - Commentaries. Bible. Exodus. Clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-27) (ID #34466) $90.00.
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  278. Samuel, Ha-Nagid; David Solomon Sassoon. DIVAN SHEMUEL HA-NAGID: YOTSE LE-OR BE-FAAM RISHONAH BI-SHELEMUTO AL PI KETAV YAD YAHID BA-OLAM (K.Y. S. SASON 589) IM HAKADAMAH U-MAFTEAH SHIRIM = DIWAN OF SHEMUEL HANNAGHID. Oksford (Oxford); Bi-Defus Ha-Univirsita, 1934. Original Cloth. 8vo. LII, 346 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Diwan of Shemuel Hannaghid; published for the first time in its entirety according to a unique manuscript (ms. Sassoon 589) with an introduction and index of poems. Complete collection of the sacred and non-sacred poems of Samuel Ha-Nagid, containing three volumes in one (Ben Tehillim, Ben Mishlei, and Ben Kohelet). David Solomon Sassoon (1880–1942), was “an outstanding Hebraist and bibliophile. His important collection of over 1, 000 Hebrew and Samaritan manuscripts, including the Farhi Bible, written in 14th-century Provence, was cataloged in Ohel Dawid (2 vols, 1932). His independent publications included his pioneer edition of Samuel ha-Nagid 's diwan from a manuscript in his own collection (1934) and his History of the Jews of Baghdad (1949). ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Jewish religious poetry, Hebrew. (ID #34453) $65.00.
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  280. Stern, Solomon Gottlieb; Isaac Ibn Kapron; Judah Ben David Hayyuj; Isaac Ibn Gikatilla; Dunash Ben Labrat; Yehudi Ben Sheshet; Jacob Ben Meir Tam; Ibn Gabirol; Menahem Ben Saruq. SEFER TESHUVOT: TESHUVOT TALMIDE MENAHEM BEN YA'AKOV N. SARUK... 'AL TESHUVOT DUNASH BEN LABRAT: TESHUVOT TALMID DUNASH HA-LEVI BEN LABRAT = LIBER RESPONSIONUM. Wien; S. G. Stern, 1870. Original Wraps. 8vo. LXXVI, 104, 44, 60 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew throughout. Lacks pages I-XLVIII. 2 volumes in 1. Added title page: Particula I. Continet Responsiones discipulorum R. Menahem b. Saruk, i.e., Ben Kafron, Jehuda b. Daud, Isaak ibn Chiquitilla contra responsiones Dunasch b. Labrat, Levitae, qui a praedicto R. Menahem in grammaticis dissensit - Particula II. Continet Responsiones discipuli Dunasch b. Labrat, i. E. Jehudi b. Scheschat, quibus sententias discipulorum R. Menahem b. Saruk refutavit. Primum ex uno et solo Cod. Mss. Edidit, annotationibus collocationibusque illustravit, commentario instruxit, introductione in linguae Hebraicae historiam ornavit Salomo Gottlieb Stern. “ The polemical writings of Dunash and of the pupils of Menahem have been edited by S. G. Stern ('Liber Responsionum, ' Vienna, 1870). ” “For the polemic of Menahem's disciples, of which Ben Kafron was joint author, and which was printed by S. G. Stern at the same time as the refutation of Judah ben Sheshet ('Liber Responsionum, ' Vienna, 1870). ” “The defense by Menahem's pupils was edited by S. G. Stern in 'Liber Responsionum' (Vienna, 1870), where Menahem's letter to Hasdai ibn Shaprut (first edited by Luzzatto in 'Bet ha-Ozar') is reprinted (pp. Xxiii. -xxxvii. ). ” “Jehudi's polemic has been published, with that of Menahem's pupils, by S. G. Stern in 'Sefer Teshubot: Liber Responsionum' (Vienna, 1870). ” - Jewish Encyclopedia, 1906. Subjects: Hebrew language - Grammar - Early works to 1800. Hebrew language - Lexicography - Early works to 1800. Menahem ben Saruq, approximately 910-approximately 970. Mahberet - Controversial literature. Menahem ben Saruq, approximately 910-approximately 970. Mahberet - Apologetic works. Dunash ben Labrat, active 10th century. Teshuvot Dunash ben Labrat ha-Levi asher halak 'Al Menahem rabam. Hasdai ben Shaprut, approximately 915-approximately 975. OCLC lists 32 copies. Scarce. Light soiling to wraps, lightly bumped outer edges; light foxing and light soiling throughout, overall very fresh and clean; other than absent pages; Good + condition. (GER-45-14) (ID #33820) $75.00.
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  282. Taitelboim, Yekutiel Yehudah. SEFER YETIV PANIM. Munkacs; P. Blayer, 1883. Original boards and quarter leather. 8vo. 160 leaves [i. E. 320 pages]. 25 cm. First edition. Sefer Yetiv Panim; on the festivals; by Yekutiel Yehuda b'Elazar Nisan Teitelbaum. R. Jekuthiel Judah ben Elazar Nisan Teitelbaum (1808–1883) one of the greatest admorim in Hungary. R. Jekuthiel Judah was born in Drohobycz. At the age of ten he was entrusted to his grandfather, R. Moses, whom he always regard as his teacher par excellence. In his youth he became friends with R. Herschele Lisker, the Lisker rebbe. His father-in-law was R. Moses David Ashkenazi, rabbi of Tolcsva, Hungary. R. Jekuthiel Judah of Sighet served first as rabbi at Stropkov. After his grandfather's death in 1841 he was rabbi in Ujhely, but was forced to leave under pressure by the Mitnaggedim. He then officiated in Gorlice and Drogobych. However, he became known chiefly as rabbi at Sighet, where he moved in 1858; he subsequently gathered around him many Hasidim, and also founded a yeshivah. R. Jekuthiel Judah supported the formation of Hevrah Mahzkei Hadat and supported the formation of an independent Orthodox communal organization. Jekuthiel Judah wrote many works, among them Yitav Lev, on the Torah (in five parts, 1875); Yitav Panim, on the festivals (in two parts, 1881–83); responsa Avnei Zedek (in two parts, 1885–86); and Rav Tov on the Torah (1889). Subjects: Jewish festival-day sermons. Jewish sermons. Satmar Hasidim. OCLC lists one copy (Natl libr Israel). Wormholing to spine. Aged and brittle endpages. Otherwise good condition. (RAB-58-34) (ID #34473) $200.00.
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  284. Teitelbaum, Lipa. SEFER KEDUSHAT YOM TOV: AL HA-TORAH [TWO VOLUMES IN ONE]. Maramaroshsiget: Bi-Defus Avraham Koifman, 1905. Later Cloth. 8vo. 2, 137, 65 leaves [i. E. 4, 274, 130 pages]. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Kedushat Yom Tov, two parts, on the Torah and Kedusha Shenia on Rosh Hashana and festivals. By Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet. Maramaros-Sighet, 1905. Introduction by the author's sons - Rebbe Chaim Zvi author of Atzei Chaim and his brother Rabbi Yoel of Satmar. The siddur is comprehensive, the liturgy accompanied by the commentary Keter Nohora. At the end are the Torah readings, Psalms, and Ma’amadot. Hasidic discourses following the weekly portion by R. Hananiah Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum (1836-1904), Admor of Sighet. R. Teitelbaum was born in Stropkow, and first served as rabbi in Tecso, but after his father's death in 1883 left for Sighet. He was known for his great piety, as a learned man and zaddik, and many sought him out. He wrote Kedushat Yom Tov, on the Torah and festivals (in two parts, 1895). R. Teitelbaum was the son of R. Yekusiel Yehudah Teitelbaum (Yetev Lev), Rebbe of Siget, a student of R. Hayyim of Sanz (Divrei Hayyim) and father of R. Joel Teitelbaum (Divrei Yoel and VaYoel Moshe) of Satmar (1888-1979), the renowned Satmer Rav, Grand Rebbe of Sighet. R. Hananiah Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum served as Grand Rabbi of Sighet. Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Jewish festival-day sermons. Jewish festival-day sermons. Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Bible. Pentateuch – Sermons, Hasidic. OCLC lists 7 copies. Pages lightly aged, light soiling to cloth, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-35) (ID #34474) $125.00.
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  286. Venetianer, Lajos. ASAF JUDAEUS, DER AELTESTE MEDIZINISCHE SCHRIFTSTELLER IN HEBRAEISCHER SPRACHE [3 VOLUMES IN ONE]. Budapest; Alkalay, 1915-1917. Later Cloth. 8vo. [194] pages. 23 cm. First edition. In German. 'Asaf Judaeus, the oldest medical writer in the Hebrew language'. A landmark study on the Sefer Asaf, the earliest known Hebrew work on medicine, “extant in 16 manuscripts, some complete; it constitutes a source of information on ancient customs and Jewish medical ethics as well as of ancient Jewish remedies and Hebrew, Aramaic, Persian, Latin, and Greek medical terminology. Excerpts from Greek medical books, some of which have been lost and are not known from any other sources, appear in Hebrew in this book. The most complete manuscripts are in Munich, Oxford, Brit. Museum London, Florence, and Paris. The book was not written by Asaph himself, but by his disciples. They mention, as teachers, R. Johanan b. Zavda and R. Judah ha-Yarhoni, as well as Asaph. Some sections of the book are very old, though others were written or translated from other languages as late as the seventh until the tenth century. The antiquity of the work is apparent from its style, similar to that of the older Midrashim, from its use of Persian (rather than Arabic) synonyms, and from the mention of weights current in Palestine during the talmudic period. ” - EJ 2008. Collection of the three parts of Asaf Judaeus published in the periodical: Jahresbericht der Franz-Josef-Landes-Rabbinerschule in Budapest; this collection spans the issues 38-40. Other material from the Jahresbericht is contained in the collection (namely, the annual report of the Franz Josef Landes-Rabbinerschule in Budapest for the years 1915-17); however, this bound collection of the Jahresbericht is specifically of Asaf Judaeus. Written by Lajos Venetianer (1867–1922), “Hungarian rabbi and historian … He edited the publications of the first Jewish medical writers in linguistic and medical-historical respects: Asaf Judaeus (1–3, 1915–17), a work of pioneering importance despite the sharp criticism that Immanuel Loew leveled against it. ” - EJ 2008. A more commonly found edition was also published in Strassburg, 1916-1917. Subjects: Jews - Medicine. Asaph ben Berechiah. Light soiling throughout, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (GER-43-25) (ID #33612) $275.00.
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  288. Zedner, Joseph. AUSWAHL HISTORISCHER STÜCKE: AUS HEBRÄISCHEN SCHRIFTSTELLERN VOM ZWEITEN JAHRHUNDERT BIS AUF DIE GEGENWART: MIT VOKALISIRTEM TEXTE, DEUTSCHER UEBERSETZUNG UND ANMERKUNGEN, FÜR THEOLOGEN UND HISTORIKER, SO WIE ZUM GEBRAUCH IN HÖHEREN JÜDISCHEN LEHRANSTALTE. Berlin; Veit & Comp, 1840. Original Cloth. 8vo. X, 293 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Hebrew and German on opposite pages. Edited and translated by Joseph Zedner. 'Selection of historical pieces from Hebrew writers from the second century to the present, with vocalized texts, annotated and translated into German'. With selections from Mishna, Babylonian Talmud, Pirke R. Elieser, Josippon, Chisdai ben-Jizchak, Abraham ben David, Maimonides, Abarbanel, Sakuto, Ben Virga, Farizol, Joseph Haccohen, Farizol, De Rossi, Gans, Schabthai Cohen, Jehuda ben Joschua, Menasse ben Israel, Cantarini, Jaacob Jabetz, Simcha ben Mosche, Wessely, Mendelssohn, Euchel, Romaneli, Ben Sew, Friedrichsfeld, Rapaport, Reggio, Cha Luzzatto, S. Cohen. Joseph Zedner was a “German bibliographer and librarian; born at Gross-Glogau Feb. 10, 1804; died at Berlin Oct. 10, 1871. After completing his education, he acted as teacher in the Jewish school in Strelitz (Mecklenburg), where the famous German lexicographer Daniel Sanders was his pupil. In 1832 he became a tutor in the family of the book-seller A. Asher in Berlin, and later engaged in the book-trade himself; but being unsuccessful he accepted in 1845 a position as librarian of the Hebrew department of the British Museum in London, where he remained till 1869, when ill health compelled him to resign and to retire to Berlin, where he spent the last two years of his life. Shortly after his appointment, the British Museum acquired the library of the bibliophile Heimann J. Michael of Hamburg, which Zedner catalogued. ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Hebrew literature. Hebrew literature - Translations into German. Hebrew language, Post biblical - Readers. Hebrew language, Post-Biblical. Hebrew literature. Light foxing throughout, light wear to cloth. Clean and fresh. Good + condition. (GER-45-9) (ID #33815) $120.00.
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  290. Efros, Israel. THE PROBLEM OF SPACE IN JEWISH MEDIAEVAL PHILOSOPHY. New York; Columbia University Press, 1917. Original Cloth. 8vo. [5], 125 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Columbia university Oriental studies, vol. XI. Important study on the concept of space (infinite, absolute, empirical) and its development in medieval Jewish philosophy. Concerns Abrabanel, Crescas, Hiyya, Gersonides, Saadya, Maimonides, and others, with a survey of the import of the Physics of Aristotle, Platonism, Zeno, and the Kalam. Includes a glossary of Hebrew philosophical terms in connection with the concept of 'space'. “Efros's specialty in Jewish philosophy was the medieval rationalist tradition. His first book, The Problem of Space in Jewish Mediaeval Philosophy, was published in 1917 in a distinguished series edited by the Columbia Semitist Richard Gottheil. ” - p. 124, Sanctuary in the Wilderness, Alan Mintz. Subjects: Space and time. Void. Infinite Space. Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. From the library of Joshua Bloch, with his signature on first page. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-4) (ID #34443) $75.00.
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  292. Sarachek, Joseph. THE DOCTRINE OF THE MESSIAH IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH LITERATURE. New York: Hermon, 1968. 8vo. Xii, 339 pages. Second edition. Appendix, bibliography, and index. SUBJECT (S): Messiah -- Judaism. Judaism -- History -- Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789. Ère messianique (Judaïsme) Messie. Sunned. Very good condition in good mylared dust jacket. (RAB-4-7A) (ID #34429) $80.00.
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  294. Shohet, David Menahem. THE JEWISH COURT IN THE MIDDLE AGES: STUDIES IN JEWISH JURISPRUDENCE ACCORDING TO THE TALMUD, GEONIC, AND MEDIEVAL GERMAN RESPONSA. New York: Commanday-roth, 1931. 8vo. 226 pages. Inscribed by author. SUBJECT (S): Courts, Jewish; Jewish law; Responsa; Jews – Germany; Jews – history -- 70-1789.Light staining to covers, but internally bright and clean. Solid binding. Minimal shelf wear. Very Good Condition. (RAB-11-5A) (ID #34358) $75.00.
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  296. Zonta, Mauro. HEBREW SCHOLASTICISM IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY: A HISTORY AND SOURCE BOOK. Dordrecht; Springer, 2006. Hardback. 8vo. VI; 318; 70 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Texts in English, Latin and Hebrew. Amsterdam studies in Jewish thought; v. 9. “A history of 'Hebrew Scholasticism' in the fifteenth century is yet to be written. Most of the sources themselves remain unpublished, and their contents and relationship to Latin sources have not yet been studied in detail. What is needed is to present, edit, translate and comment on some of the most significant texts of 'Hebrew Scholasticism', so that scholars can attain a more precise idea of its extent and character. This book aims to respond to this need. After a historical introduction, where a 'state of the art' about research on the relationship between Jewish philosophy and science and Latin Scholasticism in the thirtheenth-fifteenth centuries is given, the book consists of four chapters. Each of them offers a general bio-bibliographical survey of one or two key-authors of fifteenth-century 'Hebrew Scholasticism', followed by English translations of some of their most significant 'Scholastic' works or of some parts of them: Abraham Bibago’s 'Treatise on the Plurality of Forms', Baruch Ibn Ya’ish’s commentaries on Aristotle’s 'Nicomachean Ethics' and 'De anima', Eli Habillo’s introduction to Antonius Andreas’s commentary on the 'Metaphysics', Judah Messer Leon’s commentary on Aristotle’s 'Physics' and questions on Porphyry’s 'Isagoge'. The Hebrew section includes critical editions of some of the translated texts, and a Latin-Hebrew glossary of technical terms of Scholasticism. ” Publishers Description. Subjects: Scholasticism - Europe - History - 15th century. Scholasticism - Europe - Influence. Philosophy, Medieval. Jewish philosophy. Brand new. Publisher’s price is more than double ours. New Condition. (SPRINGER-1-8) (ID #33459) $100.00.