CATALOG 160: RABBINICS AND MEDIEVAL JUDAISM

In Non-Hebrew Languages

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BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCE

     

     

  1. Amsel, Nachum. THE JEWISH ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MORAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES. Northvale, N. J., J. Aronson, 1994. Publishers cloth. 8vo. IX, 505 pages. 24 cm. First edition. A compendium of responses to contemporary ethical issues written by the orthodox rabbi Nachum Amsel. Subjects: Jewish ethics. Judaism - 20th century. Judaism - Doctrines. Judaism and social problems. Great condition in good jacket. (BIBLIOG-29-14) (ID #30006) $30.00.
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  3. Iakerson, S. M. (Semen Mordukhovich); Jewish Theological Seminary Of America., Yivo Institute For Jewish Research. EVREISKAIA SREDNEVEKOVAIA KNIGA: KODIKOLOGICHESKIE, PALEOGRAFICHESKIE I KNIGOVEDCHESKIE ASPEKTY = THE HEBREW BOOK IN THE MIDDLE AGES: CODICOLOGICAL, PALAEOGRAPHICAL AND BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ASPECTS = SEFER HA-‘IVRI BIME HA-BENAYIM. Moskva [Moscow], Rossiiski Gos. Gumanitarnyi Universitet, 2003. ISBN: 5728107397 Cloth, 8vo, 253 pages. Includes 20 plates of color facsimiles 25 cm. In Russian and Hebrew with summary also in English. "A publication of Project Judaica, a joint program of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and the YIVO Institute of Jewish Research"--P. [2]. Corrigenda slip tipped in at end. Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-[238]) and indexes. Includes bibliographical references (p. 225-[238]) and indexes. SUBJECT(S): Manuscripts, Hebrew -- History. Paleography, Hebrew. Manuscripts, Medieval. “Shimon Iakerson is the preeminent scholar in the field of Hebrew incunabula (books printed before the year 1501) , and the author of several books on the subject. In addition to his curatorial duties at the Russian Museum of Ethnography, he is the senior researcher at the St. Petersburg branch of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2005, he received the first Honorable Medal presented at the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress in Jerusalem for his two-volume work, "Catalogue of Hebrew Incunabula from the Collection of the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America" (New York and Jerusalem, 2004-2005). In 2009, he won the Antsiferov Award, an international prize in honor of the historian N. P. Antsiferov, for his overall contributions to the field of St. Petersburg studies for his most recent work, "Jewish Treasures of Petersburg: Scrolls, Codices, Documents” (Library of Congress, 2011). OCLC lists 30 copies worldwide. Light wear, about Very Good Condition (spec-7-24) (ID #27806) $100.00.
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  5. Bavier, Richard. THE STUDY OF JUDAISM; BIBLIOGRAPHICAL ESSAYS. New York; Published By Ktav Pub. House For Anti-Defamation League Of B'Nai B'Rith, 1972. Publishers cloth. 8vo. 229 pages. 24 cm. First edition. “Judaism is among the least known of the religious traditions of the West, and is also among the most difficult to seek out and study. The bibliographical essays before us do much to improve matters. They are not simply lists of books, but thoughtful essays on important problems in the study of Judaism. They address serious students in the field of religion who are not experts in the study of Judaism. They recount what comes first and what comes afterward, what may be important in one way, what in another. Their collective testimony is not that the study of Judaism is too complex for the nonspecialist, but that it is a very serious and engaging undertaking. ” (Dustjacket description) Contents include: Introduction / by Jacob Neusner - Judaism in New Testament times / by Richard Bavier - Rabbinic sources / by John T. Townsend - Judaism on Christianity: Christianity on Judaism / by Frank Talmage - Modern Jewish thought / by Fritz Rothschild and Seymour Siegel - The contemporary Jewish community / by Lloyd Gartner - The Holocaust: anti-Semitism and the Jewish catastrophe / by Henry Friedlander. Subjects: Judaism - Study and teaching - Bibliography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Bibliography. Études juives - Bibliographie. Judaïsme - Bibliographie. Holocauste, 1939-1945 - Bibliographie. JUDAISMO - BIBLIOGRAFIAS. PROSELITISTAS Y PROSELITISMO JUDIO - BIBLIOGRAFIAS. Judaïsme - Bibliographie. Shoah - Bibliographie. Great condition in poor jacket. (BIBLIOG-29-30) (ID #30023) $30.00.
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  7. Gershom Bader. THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF TALMUDIC SAGES. Northvale, N. J., Jason Aronson, 1988. Hardcover, 8vo, xii, 876 pages, 24 cm. Other Titles: Unzere gaystIge riezen. Translation of: Unzere gaystIge riezen. Includes index. Bader (1868-1953) was a “Hebrew and Yiddish journalist and writer. Bader, who was born in Cracow, taught there after attending rabbinical seminaries outside Galicia. From 1893 until 1912 he lived in Lvov, where in 1904 he founded the first Yiddish daily in Galicia, the Togblat, and contributed regularly to Ha-Maggid and other Hebrew papers. From 1896 to 1912 he published and edited the Yidisher Folkskalender, a popular Galician literary almanac. He translated Genesis into Polish and published Hebrew language textbooks. His anthologies, Leket Perahim and Zer Perahim, helped to popularize Hebrew literature and in 1896 he edited the fifth volume of the literary miscellany Ozar ha-Sifrut. From 1896 to 1912 he produced the Lukhes annuals in Yiddish, and from 1903–04 a parallel Hebrew annual miscellany, Hermon. In 1912 Bader settled in New York, where he contributed to the Togblat and the Jewish Morning Journal. Of his Yiddish plays, the most successful was Dem Rebens Nign, produced in 1919. His writings include: Helkat Mehokek, a life of Jesus; Medinah va-Hakhameha, a lexicon of Galician Jewish cultural figures; and Mafte’ahe le-Rashei Tevot…, a dictionary of talmudic abbreviations; Jewish Spiritual Heroes; and his memoirs, Mayne Zikhroynes” (Kressel in EJ, 2007). Light wear to edges of dustjacket. Very good condition. (Heb-16-11) (ID #26707) $50.00.
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  9. Marx, Alexander. STUDIES IN JEWISH HISTORY AND BOOKLORE. New York; The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1944. Publishers cloth. O. Xiii, 458 pages. 24 cm. First edition. With 26 essays on publishing, book collectors, libraries, scholarship, and bibliographers, written by Alexander Marx (1878–1953) , “historian, bibliographer and librarian. Born in Elberfeld, Germany, Marx grew up in Koenigsberg (East Prussia). His studies were interrupted by a year in a Prussian artillery regiment where he excelled in horsemanship. Later he studied at the University of Berlin and at the Rabbiner-Seminar (Berlin) , marrying in 1905 Hannah the daughter of D. Z. Hoffmann, rector of the Seminar. In Berlin, he was influenced by Moritz Steinschneider. In 1903 Marx accepted Solomon Schechter's invitation to teach history at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and be its librarian. His mastery of the materials of history and of languages became proverbial. He published articles in many languages and was at home in classical and Semitic languages. Marx contributed monographs and articles to journals on a wide variety of subjects, published two volumes of collected essays (Studies in Jewish History and Booklore (1944); Essays in Jewish Biography (1947) ) , and with Max L. Margolis wrote A History of the Jewish people (1927, 1962). This pioneering work, stressing economic and social life, organization and legal status, offers the general reader a soundly researched, authoritative, and objective Jewish history in one volume. Marx amassed a private collection of 10, 000 books. The JTS library on his arrival in 1903 contained 5, 000 volumes and 3 manuscripts. At his death it possessed 165, 000 books and over 9, 000 Hebrew, Samaritan, Aramaic, and Yiddish manuscripts, comprising the largest Judaica collection in the world. Marx's ability to determine a manuscript's age merely by looking at it was legendary. His annual reports of the library's growth, containing a detailed description of materials acquired, were eagerly awaited by bookmen and scholars. In 1926 Marx was elected to the Medieval Academy of America; he served as president of the American Academy for Jewish Research (1931–33) , president of the Alexander Kohut Memorial Foundation, vice president of the American Jewish Historical Society, and member of the publications committee of the Jewish Publication Society of America. ” (EJ 2008) Subjects: Jews - History. Jewish literature. Jewish literature - Bibliography. Jewish scholars. Juifs - Histoire. Liteérature juive. Littérature juive - Bibliographie. OCLC lists 127 copies. Cloth worn, light penmarks on contents page, otherwise fresh. Good + condition. (BIBLIOG-29-19) (ID #30012)xx $30.00.
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  11. Blumenfield, Samuel M. MASTER OF TROYES; A STUDY OF RASHI, THE EDUCATOR. New York: Published for the Jewish Institute of Religion [By] Behrman House., 1946. Cloth., 8vo. Xii, 208 pages. SUBJECT (S): Jews – education – history; Rashi, 1040-1105. CONTENTS: Part I. Education in France in the time of Rashi; Part II. Jewish education in the days of Rashi; Part III. Rashi and his contribution to education. “Born in Letichev, Russia, Blumenfield [1901-1972] was superintendent of the Chicago Board of Jewish Education until 1954, and also headed Chicago's College of Jewish Studies as dean, and later as president. From 1954 until his retirement in 1968, he served as director of the Department of Education and Culture of the Jewish Agency (American Section). ”(Spotts, EJ). Very good condition. (k-rab-3-14) (ID #26714) $45.00.
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  13. Mauskopf, Aaron. THE RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY OF THE MAHARAL OF PRAGUE. Cloth, 8vo, New York: B. Morgenstern, 1966. 2nd edition. Cloth, 8vo, 108 pages. 24 cm. Judah Loew ben Bezalel, ca. 1525-1609. "An outgrowth of a doctoral thesis for the Teachers' Institute of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America." Includes bibliographical references. Includes three sections: I. Philosophy of Torah; II. Philosophy of Ethics; III. Philosophy of History. OCLC lists 17 copies worldwide of this edition, as well as 8 copies of the 1949 1st edition. Very Good Condition. (MX-34-33) (ID #13230) $50.00.
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  15. Pool, David De Sola [Yehuda Halevi]. JEHUDA HALEVI’S DEFENSE OF HIS FAITH. New York, Union Of Orthodox Jewish Congregations Of America, 1925. Original Stapled Paper Wrappers. 16mo. 32 pages. 17 cm. Series: The Jewish Library. Vol. 4. SUBJECT (S): Judaism. Judah, ha-Levi, 12th cent. Kitab al-hujjah. From a series “designed to bring home to the average intelligent Jew life and the contribution of the Jews to both the fullness of Judaism as creed and common treasury of man. ” –Foreword. Jehuda Halevi was a Spanish Jewish physician, poet and philosopher. He is considered one of the greatest Hebrew poets, celebrated both for his religious and secular poems, many of which appear in present-day liturgy. OCLC lists 13 copies worldwide. Front cover has a few marks, but still nice. Internal pages are bright and clean. Very good condition. (SEF40-6) (ID #28346) $100.00.
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  17. Goldwurm, Rabbi Hersh, Ed. THE RISHONIM: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE PROMINENT EARLY RABBINIC SAGES AND LEADERS FROM THE TENTH-FIFTEENTH CENTURIES. Brooklyn, NY, Mesorah, 1986. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. 224 pages. Illus. 24cm. First Edition, Second Impression. Series: The ArtScroll History Series. “The period of the ‘Rishonim’ was the epoch of such glorious figures as Rambam, Rashi, Ramban, the Tosafists, Maharam Rothenburg, Rif, Shmuel HaNaggid and many, many more. This volume presents brief biographies of nearly 300 of the major Rishonim and their works. ” –jacket. CONTENTS: The Migrations of Torah --- The Sephardic Lands --- France and Germany --- Provence --- Italy --- Chronological Perspective --- Sefarim Composed by the Rishonim. SUBJECTS: Rabbis -- Biography. Jewish Scholars -- Biography. Based on the research of Shmuel Teich. Nice, clean copy in Very Good Condition with good jacket. (BIBLIOG-27-27) (ID #30090) $30.00.
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  19. Goldwurm, Rabbi Hersh, Ed. THE RISHONIM: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF THE PROMINENT EARLY RABBINIC SAGES AND LEADERS FROM THE FIFTEENTH-SEVENTEENTH CENTURIES. Brooklyn, NY, Mesorah, 1989. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. 252 pages. 24cm. First Edition, First Impression. Series: The ArtScroll History Series. “This book tells the story through the lives and accomplishments of those who made it happen. It presents the sages and leaders who taught and shaped the continuing destiny of Israel… Their ideas, accomplishments, and books are here. And by coming to know them, we come to appreciate better the indestructibility of the nation of Torah. ” –jacket. CONTENTS: Turkey-Greece --- Eretz Yisrael --- Italy --- Poland and Lithuania --- Austria --- Germany --- Bohemia --- Moravia --- Chronological Perspective --- Sefarim Composed by the Early Acharonim. SUBJECTS: Rabbis -- Biography. Jewish scholars -- Biography. Talmud -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History. Judaism -- History -- Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789. Nice, clean copy in Very Good Condition with good jacket. (BIBLIOG-27-28) (ID #30091) $30.00.
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  21. Heinemann, Benno. THE MAGGID OF DUBNO AND HIS PARABLES. New York, P. Feldheim., 1967. Cloth., 8vo. Xvii, 283 pages. SUBJECT (S): Jewish parables; Legends, Jewish. Inscription on inside front cover (not from author). Light wear to jacket. Very Good condition in good jacket. (RAB-11-14) (ID #18243) $30.00.
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  23. Hyamson, Moses. "GOLDEN RULE" HILLEL. New York, Jewish Welfare Board, 1915. Stapled. 8vo. 9 pages. 19 cm. “Reprinted from the Menorah Journal, v. 1, no. 2.” A brief introduction to the life and teachings of the famed Jewish religious teacher, Hillel. SUBJECT (S): Named Person: Hillel, 1st cent. B. C. /1st cent. OCLC lists only 4 copies worldwide (Columbia University, Hebrew Union College, University of Pennsylvania, National Library of Israel). Cover lightly soiled with small chip on edge. Small stain on pages 6-7 but all text is clear. Good condition. (HOLO2-37-12) (ID #26399) $75.00.
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  25. Hartman, David. MAIMONIDES; TORAH AND PHILOSOPHIC QUEST. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1976. Hardcover, 8vo, xv, 296 pages, 22 cm. 1st edition. SUBJECT (S): Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. Jewish law -- Philosophy. Philosophie juive. Philosophie medievale. Droit juif -- Philosophie. Maimonides, Moses. Maimonide, Moise. Includes index. Bibliography on pages 269-288. Wear to edges of dust jacket. Light wear. Very good condition. (Rab-46-3) (ID #24734) $30.00.
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  27. Leaman, Oliver. MOSES MAIMONIDES. London And New York, Routledge, 1990. Original Softcover. 8vo. Xii, 190 pages. 23 cm. Series: Arabic Thought and Culture. This study reveals the significance of Maimonides to contemporary philosophical and theological problems, and will be of great interest to philosophers, theologians, Islamicists, and medievalists. Includes index. Bibliography: pages 183-186. Bookstore pricing sticker on back cover. Otherwise a nice, clean copy in Very Good Condition. (SEF39-8) (ID #28540) $30.00.
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  29. Rabinowitz, Jacob J; Maimonides, Moses. THE CODE OF MAIMONIDES. BOOK THIRTEEN: THE BOOK OF CIVIL LAWS. New Haven, Conn: Yale University Press., 1949. Cloth., Original Publisher's Cloth. 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). Backstrip sunning, chipping at edges. Internal pages clean and bright. Very good condition in good jacket. (RAB-14-17) (ID #28024) $30.00.
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  31. Cohen, Boaz. SAADIA ANNIVERSARY VOLUME. New York: [The Press of the Jewish Publication Society], 1943. Cloth, 8vo. 346 pages. Gilt titles; blind-stamped cover. First edition. In English and Hebrew. Series: Its Texts and studies; v. 2; Variation: American Academy for Jewish Research; Texts and studies; v. 2. Contents: Baron, S. W. Saadia's communal activities. --Cohen, Boaz. Quotations from Saadia's Arabic commentary on the Bible from two manuscripts of Abraham ben Solomon. --Gandz, Solomon. Saadia gaon as a mathematician. --Wolfson, H. A. The Kalam arguments for creation in Saadia, Averroes, Maimonides and St. Thomas. --Elbogen, Ismar. Saadia's Siddur. --Higger, Michael. Saadia and the treatise Soferim. --Halkin, A. S. The relation of the Samaritans to Saadia gaon. --Freimann, Aron. Saadia bibliography (pages 327-330). "Essays on Rabbi Saadia ben Joseph, a native of Fayyum, Egypt, and gaon of Sura, the thousandth anniversary of whose death was commemorated by Jews in the year gone by... Edited by Professor Boaz Cohen. "--Editorial statement. Bibliographical footnotes. Index. SUBJECT(S): Saadiah ben Joseph, gaon, 892? -942. Institutional Stamps; else very good condition. (RAB-3-6) (ID #17294) $50.00.
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  33. Heschel, Abraham Joshua, 1907-1972. THE QUEST FOR CERTAINTY IN SAADIA’S PHILOSOPHY. New York: Philip Feldheim, 1944. Paper wrappers, 8vo., 67 pages. Reprinted from the Jewish Quarterly Review, Volume 33, numbers 2 & 3, and Volume 34, Number 4. 1st edition as such. Published when Heschel was only 37 years old, while at HUC. Heschel, “U. S. Scholar and philosopher, descended on his father's side from Dov Baer (the Maggid) of Mezeritch and Abraham Joshua Heschel of Apta (Opatow); on his mother's side from Levi Isaac of Berdichev. After traditional Jewish studies, he obtained rabbinic ordination (semikhah). At the age of 20 he enrolled in the University of Berlin, where he obtained his doctorate, and at the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judentums, where he also taught Talmud and received a second, liberal rabbinical ordination. In 1937 Martin Buber appointed him his successor at the central organization for Jewish adult education (Mittelstelle fuer juedische Erwachsenenbildung) and the Juedisches Lehrhaus at Frankfurt on the Main. Deported by the Nazis in October 1938 to Poland, he taught for eight months at the Warsaw Institute of Jewish Studies. He immigrated to England where he established the Institute for Jewish Learning in London. In 1940 he was invited by Julian Morgenstern to teach at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, where he was associate professor of philosophy and rabbinics for five years. From 1945 he taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) as professor of Jewish ethics and mysticism. In 1946 he married Sylvia Strauss, who gave birth to Susannah Heschel, who followed in the footsteps of her father as a scholar of Judaism. Heschel visited Israel and called for the renewal of the prophetic vision in Zion. He served as professor at JTS until his death, combining his professional activities with extensive social action. Heschel wrote books and studies on medieval Jewish philosophy – on Saadiah Gaon, Solomon ibn Gabirol, Maimonides, and Don Isaac Abrabanel – as well as on Hasidism. He became one of the most influential modern philosophers of religion in the United States, where his work is widely recognized in Jewish and Christian circles. ” (Rothschild and Meir, EJ, 2007) Cover and pages slightly tanned. Very good condition. (RAB-36-13) (ID #24588) $60.00.
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  35. Saadia Ben Joseph. VERSION ARABE D'ISAÏE DE R. SAADIA BEN IOSEF AL-FAYYOU^MI^. VOLUME TROISIEME (ONLY). Paris, E. Leroux, 1896. Later Cloth. 8vo. Vii, 116 pages. 25 cm. In French. Title translates to English as, “Arabic Version of Isaiah from R. Saadia Ben Iosef al-Fayyou^mi^. Volume Three. ” Subtitle: “publie´e avec des notes he´brai¨ques et une traduction franc¸aise d'apre`s l'arabe. ” SUBJECT (S): Bible. French. O. T. Isaiah. Derenbourg. OCLC lists 17 copies worldwide. Edited and translated by Joseph Derenbourg. Nice, clean copy in Very Good condition. (SEF37-8) (ID #28468) $70.00.
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  37. Rosenblatt, Samuel. SAADIA GAON: THE BOOK OF BELIEFS AND OPINIONS. New Haven: Yale University Press., 1948. Cloth., 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). Very good condition. (BIBLE-12-2) (ID #28764) $35.00.
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    RESPONSA

     

     

  39. Epstein, Isidore. THE "RESPONSA" OF RABBI SOLOMON BEN ADRETH OF BARCELONA (1235-130) AS A SOURCE OF THE HISTORY OF SPAIN: STUDIES IN THE COMMUNAL LIFE OF THE JEWS IN SPAIN AS REFLECTED IN THE "RESPONSA" AND THE RESPONSA OF RABBI SOLOMON B. ZEMAH DURAN AS A SOURCE OF THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN NORTH AFRICA. New York, Ktav Publishing, 1968. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. Two Volumes in One Book. Xxiii, 122, vii, [2], 108 pages. 24 cm. SUBJECT (S): Jews -- Africa, North. Jews -- Spain. Adret, Solomon ben Abraham, 1235-1310. Teshuvot sheelot. Duran, Simeon ben Zemah, 1361-1444. Sefer ha-tashbats. Reprint of two works first issued in 1925 and 1930, respectively, with new prolegomenon by Solomon B. Freehof. Includes bibliographical references. Green cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Nice, clean copy in Very Good Condition. (SEF44-35) (ID #28439) $35.00.
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  41. Zimmels, H. J. ASHKENAZIM AND SEPHARDIM: THEIR RELATIONS, DIFFERENCES, AND PROBLEMS AS REFLECTED IN THE RABBINICAL RESPONSA. [N. P. ], Gregg International Publishers Limited, 1969. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. Xiv, 347 pages. 21 cm. Comparison of the two main centers of Jewish Life, Ashkenazim [Germany, Central Europe] and Sephardim [Spain, later North Africa]. With a foreword by the Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie of the United Hebrew Congregations. This volume constitutes a general survey of the relations and differences between these communities in language, Liturgy, Poetry, the approach to the Bible, Talmud, Halakha etc. With a selection of Responsa ["She'elot u-teshuvot' a. K. A. Shu"t] and subject index at end. Republished with additional notes by the author. Originally issued in 1958. Series: “Jews’ College Publications. New Series, No. 2.” CONTENTS: A General Survey of the Relations Between the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim – The Differences Between the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim – A Selection of Responsa on Questions Relating to Differences Between Ashkenazim and Sephardim. SUBJECT (S): Sephardim. Judaism -- Customs and practices. Responsa. Ashkenazim. Includes bibliographical references. With a foreword by Rabbi Israel Brodie, Chief Rabbi of Great Britain and the Commonwealth (1948–1965). Various newspaper clippings relating to the title subject laid in. Nice, clean copy in Very Good Condition. (SEF42-8) (ID #28371) $30.00.
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  43. Another Copy. 3rd Edition. London, Marla Publications, 1976. Hardcover. 8vo. 347 pages. Dustjacket over cloth with gilt lettering to spine. Bookjacket bumped at bottom, book in flawless condition. Very good condition. (SEF41-1) (ID #28303) $30.00.
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  45. Golinkin, David. THE RESPONSA OF PROFESSOR LOUIS GINZBERG. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1996. Hardcover. 8vo. 352, 126 pages. Port. Facsim. 24 cm. SERIES: “Moreshet series, V. 16.” CONTENTS: Introduction -- Regarding Jewish law -- Liturgy -- Orah Haim -- Yoreh Deah -- Even Haezer -- Miscellaneous responsa -- Questions to which no answers have been found -- Reports of the Committee on the interpretation of Jewish law, 1917-1926 -- Indices -- Mavo -- Teshuvah bi-devar yenot ha-kesherim veha-pesulim le-mitsvah -- Teshuvah be-`inyan hazra`ah malakhutit. ISBN: 9654560216. Abstract: Some of the one hundred previously unknown and mostly unpublished responsa written by Prof. Ginzberg between 1913 and 1953. SUBJECT (S): Responsa -- 1948- Jewish law. Conservative Judaism -- Customs and practices. Talmoed. Responsum. Includes bibliographical references and indexes. New Condition. (JTS1-27) (ID #28237) $25.00.
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  47. (Bloch, Joshua) Berger, Abraham, Et Al, editors. THE JOSHUA BLOCH MEMORIAL VOLUME: STUDIES IN BOOKLORE AND HISTORY. New York, New York Public Library, 1960. 1st Edition. Cloth, Large 8vo, 219 pages. Includes 36-page (! ) bibliography of Bloch's (1890-1957) publications, plus a 3-page index to that bibliography. Harry Austryn Savitz' copy with his bookplate & underlining on a few pages. Divided into the following six sections: Books and Booklore, Biblical Studies, Rabbinics, Language and Folklore, History, and Bibliography. Contents include: Medieval Hebrew Manuscripts as Bindings in the Libraries and Archives of Hungary (by Alexander Scheiber); The Terms Yoshbei and Am-Haaretz (by Ch. W. Reines); A Judeo-Greek Lament (by Benjamin Schwartz); The Valentin Affair (by Jacob R. Marcus); Cochin and Some Prominent Jewish Personalities (by Walter J. Fischel); etc. Very good condition. (BIB-23-6) Very Good Condition Lacks jacket?. (ID #3779) $30.00.
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  49. Appel, Gersion. editor. SAMUEL K. MIRSKY MEMORIAL VOLUME; STUDIES IN JEWISH LAW, PHILOSOPHY, AND LITERATURE. SEFER ZIKARON LI-SHELOMOH KALMAN MIRSKI: MEHKARIM BE-HALAKHAH UVE-AGADAH, BE-SIFRUT HA-DOROT UVE-VAHASHEVET YISRAEL. Jerusalem, “sura” Insitute For Research; New York, Yeshiva University, 1970. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. 285, 316 pages. Port. 24 cm. In English and Hebrew. “Mirsky (1899–1967) was a Russian-born rabbinic scholar, religious Zionist, and Hebraist. ” (EJ) SUBJECT(S): Rabbinical literature. Judaism -- History -- Modern period, 1750 - , Mirsky, Samuel Kalman, 1899-1967. Includes Mirsky bibliography: pages 309-316. Very good condition. (FEST1-58). Xx (ID #27296) $30.00.
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  51. Belkin, Samuel. editors. THE ABRAHAM WEISS JUBILEE VOLUME: STUDIES IN HIS HONOR PRESENTED BY HIS COLLEAGUES AND DISCIPLES ON THE OCCASION OF HIS COMPLETING FOUR DECADES OF PIONEERING SCHOLARSHIP. New York, Abraham Weiss Jubilee Committee, 1964. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. 168, 633 pages. Ports. 24 cm. In English and Hebrew. Contributions by Samuel Belkin, Meyer Feldblum, Chanock Albeck, Abraham Herschel and many others. With bibliography of his writings. Weiss (1895–1970) was an East European Talmudic scholar who was also active in the World Zionist Organization for many years. SUBJECT(S): Weiss, Abraham, 1895-1970. Talmud. Includes bibliographical references [pages 5-15 (Hebrew section) ]. Added Hebrew Title Page: “Sefer yoval le-khvod ha-Rav Dr. Avraham Vais: ke-ot ha`aratsah be-`ad terumato ha-kabirah, anu magishim lo kovets mehkarim mehaverav ve-talmidav. ” Includes bibliographical references. Gilted edges. Very good condition. (FEST1-40). (ID #27278) $50.00.
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  53. Marcus, David. editor. THE GASTER FESTSCHRIFT: THEODOR HERZL GASTER ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT FROM BARNARD COLLEGE AND COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY. New York, Ancient Near Eastern Society, 1973. Original Publisher’s Wrappers. 8vo. X, 453 pages. Ill. Series: “The Journal of the Ancient Near Eastern Society, 5.” Gaster (1906–1992) was a British-born American Biblical scholar known for work on comparative religion, mythology and the history of religions. As a distinct holding, OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (Universitat Konstanz, Bibliothek; Universitatsbibliothek Tubingen). Very good condition. (FEST1-25) (ID #27263) $45.00.
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  55. Marmorstein, Arthur. STUDIES IN JEWISH THEOLOGY: THE ARTHUR MAMORSTEIN MEMORIAL VOLUME. London, Oxford University Press, 1950. Original Publisher's Cloth. 8vo. 228, 92 pages. Mostly in English with a Hebrew section. Gilt on spine. Photo plate of author. Fragments of dustjacket laid in. Very Good condition. (BR-1) (ID #27765) $35.00.
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  57. Vermès, Géza. JOURNAL OF JEWISH STUDIES. ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF YIGAEL YADIN. Oxford, The Oxford Centre For Postgraduate Hebrew Studies, 1982. Original Softcover. 8vo. Xvi, 600 pages. Ill. Port. 24 cm. In English, French and German. S“Yadin (1917–1984) was an Israeli archaeologist; second chief of staff, and politician, member of the Ninth Knesset. ” (EJ) SUBJECT(S): Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B. C. -210 A. D. Jews -- History -- 168 B. C. -135 A. D. Jews -- History -- 70-1789. Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism. Jewish literature -- History and criticism. Judaïsme. Yadin, Yigael, 1917-1984. Geographic: Palestine -- Antiquities. Naher Osten. Bible. O. T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. “Festschrift published on the occasion of Yadin's 65th birthday. ” Includes bibliographical references. "Bibliography of Yigael Yadin": pages: xi-xvi. Very good condition. (FEST1-39) (ID #27277) $40.00.
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  59. Waxman, Mordecai and Tseviyah Ben-Yosef Ginor. YAKAR LE’MORDECAI =[YEKAR LE-MORDEKHAI]: JUBILEE VOLUME IN HONOR OF RABBI MORDECAI WAXMAN: ESSAYS ON JEWISH THOUGHT, AMERICAN JUDAISM, AND JEWISH-CHRISTIAN RELATIONS. Hoboken, NJ: KTAV Pub. House; New York: Temple Israel Of Great Neck, 1998. Hardcover, 8vo, x, 394 pages, portrait, 24 cm. SUBJECT (S): Judaism. Christianity and other religions -- Judaism. Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity. Judaism -- United States. Includes bibliographical references. Other Titles: Yekar le-Mordekhai. Waxman (1917-2000) was a “U. S. Conservative rabbi, interfaith activist. Waxman was born in Albany, N. Y., and received his B. A. From 1937. In 1941, he was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary , which awarded him an honorary D. D. In 1968. After serving as rabbi of Temple Beth Israel in Niagara Falls, N. Y., he became founding rabbi of North Park Congregation Shaare Tikvah in Chicago, Illinois, leaving the synagogue for two years during World War II to serve as a chaplain in the U. S. Army. In 1947, he was appointed rabbi of Temple Israel in Great Neck, Long Island, where he remained for 55 years, until his death. Under his leadership, Temple Israel grew from 100 member families to 1, 300 families. Waxman emerged as a leader in the Conservative movement after he edited and wrote the introduction to Tradition and Change, the definitive anthology of writings on the views and philosophy of Conservative Judaism. He became chairman of the Membership Committee of the Rabbinical Assembly and subsequently editor of the journal Conservative Judaism. He also chaired the RA’s Committee on the Study and Reevaluation of the Community Service Program – a requirement that JTS graduates enter the military chaplaincy or a designated alternative equivalent that had become so unpopular during the Vietnam War that it was terminated. In 1974, Waxman was elected president of the Rabbinical Assembly, where he worked to strengthen RA representation in the World Council of Synagogues, the official representative of Conservative Judaism in the World Zionist Organization. Seeking to establish Conservative Judaism in Israel, he pressed for greater coordination among the various Israel programs sponsored by the RA, the JTS, and United Synagogue. Also during his term of office, the RA approved the plan to publish a new commentary on the Torah for use in Conservative synagogues...Waxman, who served as chairman of the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultation, was particularly active in Catholic-Jewish relations. In 1987, he led a delegation of Jewish leaders that met with Pope John Paul II at Castel Gondolfo to resolve the Waldheim affair. Soon after, he spoke for American Jewry in welcoming the pope to the United States. For many years thereafter, Waxman and Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore co-chaired an annual series of Catholic-Jewish dialogues. He helped draft the welcoming Jewish response to the Vatican document We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah and worked to implement its mandate that Jews and Catholics sponsor joint educational programs on the Holocaust. His efforts were instrumental in bringing about the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Vatican and the State of Israel. In 1997 he was awarded the Nostra Aetate Award, and in 1998 he became the first rabbi to be named by the pope a Knight Commander of the Order St. Gregory the Great.” (Gordon in EJ, 2007). Author’s copy, with name inside front cover. In dust jacket. Very good condition. (Fest-4-4) (ID #27954) $30.00.
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  61. Nemoy, Leon. KARAITE ANTHOLOGY: EXCERPTS FROM THE EARLY LITERATURE. New Haven: Yale University Press., 1952. Cloth., 8vo. Xxvi, 412 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Karaites; Jewish literature – translations into English. CONTNETS: Anan ben David; Benjamin al-Nahawandi; Daniel al-Kumisi; Jacob al-Kirkisani; Salomon ben Jeroham; Japheth ben Eli; Sahl ben masliah; Jeshuah ben Judah; Moses ben Abraham Dar'i; Moses ben Samuel of Damascus; Aaron ben Elijah; Samuel ben Moses al-Magribi; Ibn al-Hiti; Elijah ben Moses Basyatchi; Karaite liturgy. Nemoy (1901-1997) was born in Balta, Russia, studied languages in Odessa, and emigrated to the US in 1923, receiving a Ph. D from Yale in 1929. He was a librarian both in Russia and In the Unites States. Before emigrating, he worked at the Society for the Propagation of Knowledge in Odessa, the Academic Library of Odessa, and the University Library of Lvov, Poland. He began his career at Yale in 1923, eventually becoming the first curator of Hebrew and Arabic literature at the Sterling Memorial Library, and overseeing the acquisitions of Alexander Kohut Memorial Collection of Judaica and the Sholem Asch Collection. Nemoy's scholarly activities were mainly devoted to research on the history of the Karaites, including important translations and editions of Arabic, Hebrew, and Aramaic literature. (EJ, 2007) Good condition. (SEF-45-1) (ID #28691) xx $30.00.
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  63. Revel, Bernard. THE KARAITE HALAKAH AND ITS RELATION TO SADDUCEAN, SAMARITAN, AND PHILONIAN HALAKAH: PART I. Philadelphia: Cahan Prtg. Co., 1913. Hardcover, 8vo, 88 pages. A thesis submitted Feb. 27, 1911, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate learning. SUBJECT (S): Halakah. Karaites. Revel (1885-1940) was a “U. S. Educator and scholar, leader of modern Orthodoxy. Revel, born in Kovno, Lithuania, studied at the yeshivah of Telz. In 1906 he emigrated to the U. S., where he studied at New York University and Dropsie College in Philadelphia. For a time he had an oil refining business in Oklahoma. In 1915, as rosh yeshivah, Revel began reorganizing the Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary in New York, opening it to laymen and teachers as well as rabbinical students; and in 1916 he founded Talmudical Academy, the first combined academic high school-yeshivah in the U. S. In 1928, despite strong opposition from those who feared that Torah study would be undermined, Revel founded Yeshiva College as an extension of the seminary. It was the first liberal arts college under Jewish auspices and represented the first attempt to offer a traditional talmudic education with a modern course of secular studies on the higher level based on the principle of Torah im Derekh Erez. Revel, who served as president of the college, organized the graduate school of Jewish studies, named after him, in 1937. He was the first institutional head to give semikhah to Orthodox rabbis in the U. S. Revel was honorary president of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, and was vice president of the Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1927. He was associate editor of Ozar Yisrael, a Hebrew encyclopedia. His scholarly interests included Targum Jonathan, Josephus, Jubilees, the development of ancient exegesis, Karaism, and, especially, the evolution of halakhah. He published his doctoral dissertation for Dropsie College, Karaite Halakah and its Relation to Sadducean, Samaritan and Philonian Halakah, which refuted A. Geiger’s claim that Karaism was a continuation of Sadduceeism. Revel’s many articles and novellae were published mainly in the Jewish Quarterly Review, Ha-Pardes, Horeb, and Talpioth. A biography of Revel by A. Rothkoff has been published by the Jewish Publication Society of America” (Hoenig in EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 4 copies worldwide. Hinge repair. Light browning to edges of pages. Light bumping to edges of cover. Very good condition. (Heb-38-6) (ID #28054) $125.00.
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  65. Nicholl, George Frederick. A GRAMMAR OF THE SAMARITAN LANGUAGE: WITH EXTRACTS AND VOCABULARY. London: Samuel Bagster & Sons., 1858. Cloth., 12mo. Vi, 138 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Samaritan Aramaic language – grammar. Ex library. Covers a little worn, good condition. (BIBLE-7-25) (ID #21112) $200.00.
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  67. Heidenheim, M. BIBLIOTHECA SAMARITANA; TEXTE AUS SAMARIA UND STUDIEN ZUM SAMARITANISMUS. Amsterdam; Philo Press, 1971. Publishers cloth. 8vo. LII, 97, XLVIII, 230, XL, 212, [2], 122 pages. 20 cm. Three volumes in one. Reprint of the Leipzig, 1884-96 edition. In German and Hebrew. “Bibliotheca Samaritana: Texts of Samaria and studies on Samaritanism. “ Contents: Book 1, The Samaritan Pentateuch and the Samaritan text version of Genesis – Book 2, The Samaritan Liturgy – Book 3, Commentary on the Samaritan Pentateuch of the Samaritans Marqah [along with translation]. Samaritan texts, edited and translated, with historical and analytical introductions, textual-critical notes, scholia and supplements by Moritz Heidenheim; born in Worms (Germany) in 1824, the eldest son of the Jewish community's cantor. While attending the official school he was also instructed by the community's rabbi. After completing school he concentrated on Rabbinical studies, worked as a kosher butcher, and times as a preacher and cantor at the local synagoge. He was supposed to become a rabbi - so in 1850/51 he matriculated at Giessen University, aiming at his doctoratein philosophy. During this time he converted to Christianity, and left in 1852 for London where he continued his studies in theology at King's College. In 1859 he was ordained an Anglican priest. Apart from fulfilling his duties in a London parish he studied Hebrew and Samaritan manuscripts in various European libraries. In 1864 he moved to Zurich and took up the post of the Anglican chaplain, which he served with great commitment for 25 years. Heidenheim also lectured at Zurich University on the Hebrew Bible. His topics ranged form Christian theology to Rabbinical literature to several Semitic Languages. Heidenheim tried to convince the Christian theologians of the value of the rabbinic tradition for the Christian exegesis without success - particulary as a converted Jew. Heidenheim failed to ever obtain a full professorship. He edited three periodicals; the first two served the publication of Samaritan texts. ” His extensive library of Hebraic works is now at the Central Library of Zurich. Subjects: Samaritans. Samaritans -- Liturgy. Bible. O. T. Genesis. Hebrew. Samaritan. -- Criticism, Textual. Light shelf wear to cloth, light pencil marks on title page. Fresh and clean. Great condition. (BIBLIOG-29-33) (ID #30027) $50.00.
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  69. Kamen, Henry. THE SPANISH INQUISITION: AN HISTORICAL REVISION. London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1997. Original Publisher’s Cloth. 8vo. Xii, 369 pages. An appraisal of the notorious tribunal, its causes, its tyranny, its effect upon Spain and the Western world. Bar code on spine. Otherwise a nice, clean copy in very good condition. Lacks DJ. (SEF39-10) (ID #28516) $30.00.
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  71. Quasten, Johannes; & Kuttner, Stephan; eds. TRADITIO. STUDIES IN ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL HISTORY, THOUGHT AND RELIGION. Vol I only. New York, Fordham University Press, 1943. Paper Wrappers, Original Paper Covers, 8vo, 418 pages per volume. 26 cm. Primarily in English; some articles in French, German, Italian. Includes much on medieval Spain, including on the Inquisition, some material on Jews. SUBJECT(S): Middle Ages -- History -- Periodicals. Philosophy, Medieval -- Periodicals. Civilization, Medieval -- Periodicals. Theology -- History -- Middle Ages, 600-1500 -- Periodicals. Canon law -- History -- Periodicals. Philosophy, Ancient -- Periodicals. Civilization, Classical -- Periodicals. Moyen Âge -- Histoire -- Périodiques. Philosophie médiévale -- Périodiques. Civilisation médiévale -- Périodiques. Théologie -- Histoire -- 600-1500 (Moyen Âge). Notations on covers, title page and end-pages, otherwise Very Good Condition. (SEF-45-8) (ID #29893) $30.00.
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  73. Gotein, S.D. A MEDITERRANEAN SOCIETY: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE ARAB WORLD AS PORTRAYED IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE CAIRO GENIZA (VOL I-IV ONLY). Berkeley, University of California Press, 1967-1983. Original Publisher's Cloth. 8vo. illustrations, facsimiles, maps, 24 cm. First four volumes of this six-volume "portrait of a Mediterranean personality" is a composite portrait of the individuals who wrote the personal letters, contracts, and all other manuscript fragments that found their way into the Cairo Geniza. Most of the fragments from the Geniza, a storeroom for discarded writings that could not be thrown away because they might contain the name of God, had been removed to Cambridge University Library and other libraries around the world. Professor Goitein devoted the last thirty years of his long and productive life to their study, deciphering the language of the documents and organizing what he called a "marvelous treasure trove of manuscripts" into a coherent, fascinating picture of the society that created them. It is a rich, panoramic view of how people lived, traveled, worshiped, and conducted their economic and social affairs. The first and second volumes describe the economic foundations of the society and the institutions and social and political structures that characterized the community. The remaining material, intended for a single volume describing the particulars of the way people lived, blossomed into three volumes, devoted respectively to the family, daily life, and the individual. The divisions are arbitrary but helpful because of the wealth of information. The author refers throughout to other passages in his monumental work that amplify what is discussed in any particular section. The result is an incomparably clear and immediate impression of how it was in the Mediterranean world of the tenth through the thirteenth century. "Published under the auspices of the Near Eastern Center, University of California, Los Angeles. " Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Contents: Volume 1. Economic foundations. --Volume 2. The community. -Volume 3. The family. -Volume 4. Daily life. Includes 8 plates of black and white illustrations, colored end papers illustrated with map. Volumes were issued serially, so each volume stands on its own. Subjects: Jews -- Civilization. Cairo Genizah. Islamic Empire -- Civilization. Added author Gustave E. Von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies. LCCN 67-22430 r84. All internal pages are nice and clean. Volume one jacket has some tears, but still solid. Otherwise, Very good condition in like dustjackets. (SEF - 22-15a) (ID #27745) $200.00.
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  75. Goitein, S.D. A MEDITERRANEAN SOCIETY V. 1 (only): ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS; THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE ARAB WORLD AS PORTRAYED IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE CAIRO GENIZA. University of California Press, 1967. Hardcover, 1.7 x 9.56 x 6.49 Inches, 657 pages. 0520056477. VOLUME ONE OF SIX. Jacket torn, but very good condition (SEF43-11) (ID #28122) $30.00.
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  77. Simon, Marcel. VERUS ISRAEL: ETUDE SUR LES RELATIONS ENTRE CHRETIENS ET JUIFS DANS L’EMPIRE ROMAIN. Paris: E. De Boccard, 1948. Paper Wrappers, Softcover,8vo, 474 pages, in French. SUBJECT (S): Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600. Judaism -- History -- Post-exilic period, 586 B. C. -210 A. D. Christianity and other religions -- Judaism. Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity. Jews -- History -- 70-1789. Christianisme -- Relations -- Judaïsme. Judaïsme -- Relations -- Christianisme. Église -- Histoire -- ca 30-600 (Église primitive) Juifs -- Histoire -- 70-1789. Antisemitisme. Jodendom. Christendom. Romeinse rijk. Wear to binding. Slight tears along cover binding and foldings. Pages browning. Otherwise, good condition. (rab-33-2) (ID #21626) $125.00.
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  79. Grayzel, Solomon. THE CHURCH AND THE JEWS IN THE XIIITH CENTURY: A STUDY OF THEIR RELATIONS DURING THE YEARS 1198-1254, BASED ON THE PAPAL LETTERS AND THE CONCILIAR DECREES OF THE PERIOD. Herman Press, New York, 1966. Revised Edition. Cloth, 8vo; 378 pages; Includes 6-page bibliography & 13-page index. Includes a fair amount on England, also on elsewhere in Europe. Wear to dustcover. Otherwise, very good condition. (Comhist1-9) (ID #28634) $50.00.
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  81. Marcus, Jacob R. THE JEW IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD: A SOURCE BOOK 315-1791. Cincinatti, The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1938. Cloth, Original Publisher's Cloth. 8vo. 504 pages. In English. SUBJECT(S): Jews -- History -- 70-1789 -- Sources. Jews -- Politics and government -- Sources. Jews -- Social life and customs -- Sources Ex-library, nice, clean copy in Very Good condition. (COMHIST-18-7) (ID #28699) $30.00.
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  83. Finkelstein, Louis. JEWISH SELF-GOVERNMENT IN THE MIDDLE AGES. New York, The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1924. Cloth. 8vo. Xiii, 390 pages. 24 cm. Series: Abraham Berliner Series. Includes Hebrew excerpts translated into English. A comprehensive treatment of the constitutional activity of European Jewish communities during the Middle ages. Copy previously belonged to Louis Stroock, to whom the book is dedicated, with ownership card laid in. Stroock helped establish the Abraham Berliner prize, for which this series is named. SUBJECT (S): Jews -- Politics and government. Jewish law. Jews -- History -- 70- Councils and synods. Geographic: Juden. Developed from the author's prize essay submitted to the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, under the title "The Rabbinical Synods from the Eleventh to the Seventeenth Centuries and their Enactmants". Foreward by Alexander Marx. Nice, clean copy with a tight binding. Very good condition. (SPEC-14-8). (ID #26449) xx $55.00.
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  85. Goodblatt, Morris S. JEWISH LIFE IN TURKEY IN THE XVITH CENTURY: AS REFLECTED IN THE LEGAL WRITINGS OF SAMUEL DE MEDINA. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1952. Original Publisher's Cloth. 8vo. 240 pages. SUBJECT(S): Jews - Turkey - History; Joden. Gilt lettering on spine. Inscribed by author on title FEP. Some wear to backstrip and bumping to corners. Otherwise, very good condition. (k-rab-3-15a) (ID #27748) $75.00.
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  87. Kisch, Guido. JEWRY-LAW IN MEDIEVAL GERMANY: LAWS AND COURT DECISIONS CONCERNING JEWS. New York, American Academy for Jewish, 1949. 1st Edition. Cloth, 8vo, 274 pages. 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-53-1) (ID #2471) $150.00.
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  89. Marcus, Jacob R. THE JEW IN THE MEDIEVAL WORLD: A SOURCE BOOK 315-1791. Cincinatti, The Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1938. Cloth, Original Publisher's Cloth. 8vo. 504 pages. In English. SUBJECT(S): Jews -- History -- 70-1789 -- Sources. Jews -- Politics and government -- Sources. Jews -- Social life and customs -- Sources Nice, clean copy in Very Good condition. (COMHIST1-10a) (ID #27764) $30.00.
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  91. Prawer, Joshua. THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS IN THE LATIN KINGDOM OF JERUSALEM. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover, 8vo, xv, 310 pages, 23 cm. SUBJECT (S): Jews -- Palestine -- History. Joden. Middeleeuwen. Juifs -- Palestine -- Histoire. Jerusalem -- History -- Latin Kingdom, 1099-1244 -- Ethnic relations. Jerusalem (Royaume latin, 1099-1244) -- Relations interethniques. Palestine; Jews, history. Includes bibliographical references and index. Prawer (1917-1990) was an “Israeli historian. Born in Bedzin, Poland, Prawer settled in Palestine in 1936. He began teaching at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1947 and was promoted to the chair of medieval history in 1958. From 1962 to 1966 he was dean of the faculty of humanities. Prawer also served the Israel Ministry of Education as chairman of the pedagogical council for the planning of national education and headed the committee that recommended reforms in secondary education, which constituted the basis of the reform law adopted by the Knesset in 1968. He was also a co-founder and first dean of the Haifa University College, whose academic chairman he was from 1966 to 1968. Prawer’s scholarly interests centered mainly on the Crusades. He wrote Mamlekhet Yerushalayim ha-Zalbanit, Toledot Mamlekhet ha-Albanim be-Erez-Israel, and The History of the Jews in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. He was a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and from 1967 chief editor of the Encyclopaedia Hebraica. In 1969 he was awarded the Israel Prize for humanities” (Schwab in EJ, 2007). Light wear. Very good condition. (Heb-22-11) (ID #26946) $30.00.
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  93. Shulman, Nisson E. and Slonik, Benjamin Aaron Ben Abraham. AUTHORITY AND COMMUNITY: POLISH JEWRY IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY. Hoboken: Ktav Pub. House; New York, N. Y.: Yeshiva University Press, 1986. Hardcover, 8vo, xv, 265 pages, 24 cm. SUBJECT (S): Jews -- Poland -- History -- 16th century. Judaism -- Poland -- History -- 16th century. Responsa -- 1040-1600. Poland -- Ethnic relations. Based on the author’s thesis (doctoral--Yeshiva University) “The second part of this volume contains the ‘case histories’ themselves, as recorded by Rabbi Slonik” on page xiv. Includes index. Bibliography on pages 255-259. Light water stain to bottom right corner of front and back cover. Light wear. Good condition. (Heb-22-10) (ID #26945) $30.00.
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  95. Twersky, Isadore (editor). STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE. VOLUME I (IN AN ONGOING SERIES). Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Univ Pr, 1980. 1st Edition. Hardcover, 373 pages. ISBN 0-674-85192-7Literature & Fiction: History & Criticism: Movements & Periods: Medieval Includes bibliographical references and index. Harvard Judaic monographs, 2. New Condition. (ID #11092) $15.00.
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  97. Twersky, Isadore (editor). STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE. VOLUME II (IN AN ONGOING SERIES). Cambridge, Mass., Harvard Univ Pr, 1985. 1st Edition. Hardcover, 460 pages; ISBN 0-674-85193-5Literature & Fiction: History & Criticism: Movements & Periods: Medieval Harvard Judaic Monographs, No. 5. Includes bibliographical references and index.New Condition. (ID #11093) $15.00.
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  99. Cooperman, Bernard (editor). JEWISH THOUGHT IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY (HARVARD JUDAIC TEXTS AND STUDIES, 2.) Harvard Univ Pr, [cambridge, Mass. ] 1983. Paperback, 8v0, 492 pages. ISBN 0-674-47462-7Religion & Spirituality: Christianity: Theology: Philosophy Incldues "Some recent research, Bernard D. Cooperman" on pages 488-492. Als o includes bibliographical references. This large volume, distinguished by original analyses, authoritative syntheses, and sophisticated suggestions f or revisionist approaches to certain problems, contains most of the papers prepared for the international colloquium on 'Jewish Thought In The Sixteen th Century' which was held at Harvard University under the auspices of the Center For Jewish Studies. (ID# 11106) $20.00
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  101. Horowitz, Carmi. THE JEWISH SERMON IN 14TH CENTURY SPAIN: THE DERASHOT OF R. JOSHUA IBN SHU`EIB. Cambridge, Mass. University Press, 1989. Cloth, 8vo, ix, 206 pages; 24 cm. ISBN: 0674474554. 0674474562. Includes indexes. Not only important as religious material but gives an insight to the Jews living in Spain in the fourteenth century. Bibliography on pages 191-200. Subjects: Ibn Shuaib, Joshua, 14th cent. Derashot `al ha-Torah. Jewish sermons--History and criticism. Judaism--Spain--History. Series: Harvard Judaic monographs; 6 . Very good condition. (SEF-19-6). $15.00
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  103. Scholem, Gershom. SABBATAI SEVI: THE MYSTICAL MESSIAH, 1626-1676. Princeton, N. J.: Princeton University Press., 1973. Cloth., Large 8vo. Xxvii, 1000 pages. First edition. Translated from the Hebrew by R. J. Zwi Werblowsky, with notes and corrections. Original title Shabbatai Sevi veha-tenu`ah ha-shabbetha ith bi-yemei hayyav. Frontispiece portrait of Sabbatai Sevi. Illustrated with 13 leaves of plates. Series: Bollingen series, 93. Includes index. Bibliography: pages [931]-956. SUBJECT (S): Religion. Mysticism. Mysticism -- Judaism. Religion. Mysticisme. Mysticisme -- Judaïsme. Scholem is one of the towering figures of modern Jewish scholarship. This volume is the “massive keystone” of his prodigious oeuvre. Shabbateanism was the largest and most momentous messianic movement in Jewish history subsequent to the destruction of the Temple and the Bar Kokhba Revolt. Ex-library. Excellent condition. (RAB-54-5) (ID #28689) $50.00.
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  105. Halbersberg, Hayim Isaiah; Karo, Joseph Ben Ephraim. ספר דברי תורה : והוא קיצור שלחן ערוך בלשון עביר טםוטש : מסודר על שבתות השנים KITSUR SHULHAN ‘ARUKH BE-LASHON ‘IVRI TAYTSH. Landsberg: Defus Keter, 1947. Softcover, 8vo, 184 pages, 21 cm. In Judeo-German. DP imprint for survivors living in Germany. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Jewish law. Judaism -- Customs and practices. Vocalized text. OCLC lists 5 copies worldwide. Rebound in later wrappers (Original defective covers shown). (Heb-31-16) (ID #27993) $75.00.
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  107. Heinemann, H. TORAH AND SOCIAL ORDER. London; Brit Chalutzim Datiim-Bachad, 1944. Original Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 20 pages. 22 cm. Holocaust-era imprint from England. “Torah va'avodah Library; Ideological Series. ” From the Introduction: “Torah and Social Order’ is meant as a modest contribution to the enormous task of interpreting the reality of day to-day in the light of Jewish values, or, to put it differently: to re-interpret Judaism in the light of present-day reality, a task which is far from completed. ” This exploration of the values of the Torah and Jewish faith serves contemporaries, as the author suggests, and with critical faculty in mind, to endorse socialism and Eretz Israel, and to abolish capitalism: “there seems to be no realization of the fact, that something is fundamentally wrong with our society; that our social order is undergoing the greatest and most violent changes of which the growth of Fascism is merely a symptom, and that something more is needed than merely the defeat of Hitler, in order to preserve our civilization from breaking down. ” Subjects: Socialism and Judaism. Judaism and social problems. OCLC lists 10 copies worldwide. Light shelf wear, very good condition. (HOLO2-99-23) (ID #30201) $50.00.
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  109. Naor, Betsalel. KABBALAH AND THE HOLOCAUST. Spring Valley, NY; Orot, 2001. Publishers cloth. 4to. 135 pages. 27 cm. First edition. “Rabbi Bezalel Naor, well known lecturer and author, has published a unique contribution to Holocaust studies. The book, entitled "Kabbalah and the Holocaust, " deals specifically with Kabbalistic responses to the Shoah. Based both on interviews with survivors and historic research, the author records how Kabbalists of various communities fell back on their respective mystic traditions to avert the evil decree. In this book, Rabbi Naor performs a twofold service, tracing the historic development of different schools within Kabbalah, and telling how representatives of those schools used the weapons within their spiritual armamentum to combat the enemy. Thus, the reader gains perspective on the Lithuanian Mitnagdic school of the Vilna Gaon, the Galician-Hungarian-Rumanian Hasidic dynasty of Nadborna, the Balkan (Bulgaria, Greece and Yugoslavia) Sephardic school, the Polish Hasidic tradition of Pshyscha (Kotzk-Izbica-Lublin-Radzyn) , and the Yemenite approach. The book is essential to Holocaust studies for yet another reason. It corrects a certain ethnocentric distortion by showing that the conflagration affected Sephardic Jews and came close to engulfing Yemenite Jewry. Discussed are topics such as: meditation; reincarnation; Divine communication; free will vs. Predestination; good and evil and beyond; automatic speech; and Semitic and Japhetic civilizations. Rabbi Bezalel Naor has been a student of Kabbalah for many years, and has published numerous scholarly articles and books in the field, including recently the revised version of the Vilna Gaon's commentary to Sifra di-Zeni'uta from a manuscript in the Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. Kabbalah and the Holocaust is a handsome folio volume, cloth hardcover with black endpapers. The dust jacket has white embossed lettering on a stark black background and is visually stunning. ” (Review by Michael Skakun in the March 15th 2002 weekly “Jewish Press”). Subjects: Cabala - History. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945). Mysticism - Judaism. Rabbis - Anecdotes. Mystics - Anecdotes. Hasidim - Anecdotes. Vg+ in very good jacket. (HOLO2-97-2) (ID #29483) $150.00.
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  111. Rose, Maurice, editor. THE RECONSTRUCTION OF EUROPEAN JEWISH LIFE AND THE CONFERENCE OF EUROPEAN RABBIS. London, Conference of Europeanrabbis, 1st Edition. Paper Wrappers, Very Good Condition; Small 8vo; 75, 48 pages; 22 cm. Contributions in English, French, & Hebrew. Includes bibliographical references. (HOLO2-94-1) (ID #5280) $30.00.
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  113. Fierstein, Robert. A DIFFERENT SPIRIT: THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF AMERICA. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1990. Softcover. 8vo. Xii, 146 pages. 24 cm. Second Edition. ISBN: 0873340647. SUBJECT (S): Judaism -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States -- History -- 19th century. Seminaries. Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Named Corp: Jewish Theological Seminary of America -- History. Note(s): Revision of the author's thesis (doctoral) --Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Includes bibliographical references (pages [139]-146). New Condition. (JTS1-3) (ID #28215) $25.00.
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  115. Elzas, Barnett A. A TRIUMPH OF TOLERANCE: THE NOTABLE CONTEST OVER THE ORGAN IN THE SYNAGOGUE. No Place (Charleston?) No Publisher (The Author?), No Date (ca 1903?). Original Wrappers. 8vo. [4] pages. 24 cm. Subtitle: “Judge Butler’s Opinion in the Case of the State Against Ancker, ‘One of the Landmarks in the History of Reform Judaism in America’ – The Courts Cannot be Called Upon to Establish ‘a Judicial Standard for Theological Orthodoxy. ” SUBJECT (S): Reform Judaism -- South Carolina -- Charleston. Jews -- South Carolina -- Charleston. OCLC lists one copy worldwide (Hebrew Union College). Tri-fold creasing; otherwise a nice, clean copy in Very Good Condition. (SEF44-26) (ID #28429) $135.00.
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  117. Myers, Isidore (1856-1922). GEMS FROM THE TALMUD: TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH VERSE. New York: Putnam/’s Sons. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., Limited, 1894. Original publisher’s cloth. 1st edition. – Singerman 4783. Viii, 173 pages; 19 cm. Includes index. Subject: Theology - Judaism. Talmud --Selections. Light wear, Very Good Condition. (SPEC-27-14) (ID #27071) $30.00.
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  119. Wertheimer, Jack. THE USES OF TRADITION. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1992. Cloth. Xxi, 510 pages. Illus. 24 cm. SUBJECT (S): Judaism -- History -- Modern period, 1750-. Judaism -- 20th century. Judaism -- Customs and practices -- History -- 20th century. Orthodox Judaism -- History. Jews -- Cultural assimilation. Jewish way of life. Judaism -- United States. Jodendom. Traditie. Judentum Tradition Geschichte 1800-1990. Aufsatzsammlung Identifier: Judaism. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN: 0674931572. New Condition. (JTS1-40) (ID #28250) $25.00.
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  121. Cohen, Richard A. FACE TO FACE WITH LEVINAS. State University Of New York Press, Albany, 1986. Hardcover, 8vo, 264 pages. Light wear. Very good condition. (Heb-16-1) (ID #26697) $30.00.
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  123. Mendelssohn, Moses. MOSES MENDELSSOHNS SÄMMTLICHE WERKE. COMPLETE IN 5 VOLUMES [BOUND IN 3] ERSTER THEIL: BRIEFWECHSEL MIT JOHANN KASPAR LAVATER;. ZWEITER THEIL: MANASSEH BEN ISRAEL - RETTUNG DER JUDEN – AUS DEM ENGLISCHEN ÜBERSETZT, NEBST EINER VORREDE; DRITTER THEIL: JERUSALEM ODER ÜBER RELIGIOSE MACHT UND JUDENTHUM. VIERTER THEIL: MORGENSTUNDEN: ODER, VORLESUNGEN ÜBER DAS DASEYN GOTTES. FÜNFTER THEIL: GELEHRTER BRIEFWECHSEL ZWISCHEN MOSES MENDELSSOHN, D. JOHANN JACOB REISKE UND GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING. Rödelheim; J. Lehrberger, 1828-30. Publishers marbled boards. 24mo. 96; 144; 194; 273, XXXI, [3]; 288 pages. 13 cm. In German. Rare 1828 pocket edition of the collected works of German-Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn, father of the Jewish Enlightenment and a proponent of the Emancipation. Contents include: Mendelssohn’s Correspondence and controversial debate with the Swiss pastor Johann Kaspar Lavater concerning the doctrines of Christianity; his preface to the translation of “Vindiciae Judaeorum, ” written so as to refute critics of emancipation; and in response to the polemics concerning his preface, he wrote “Jerusalem, ” his important treatise on religious tolerance and the separation of Church and State. "Jerusalem, " on its appearance, met with little favor, yet Kant, then at the zenith of his reputation, called it an "irrefutable book" and regarded it as "the proclamation of a great reform, which, however, will be slow in manifestation and in progress, " and which, as he wrote Mendelssohn, "will affect not only your nation, but others as well. " Also includes his famous “Morgenstunden” [“Morning Hours: Lectures on God’s Existence”] wherein Mendelssohn refutes his last opponent Jacobi and sets forth his own fundamental metaphysical beliefs with his understanding of Spinoza and Lessing's "purified" ("geläutert") pantheism. This series of lectures usually held "in the morning hours" was delivered to his oldest son, his son-in-law, for the two Humboldts, and for others. Also included is the collected “Erudite Correspondence” between Moses Mendelssohn and his lifelong friend Gotthold Ephraim Lessing; includes correspondence with Johann Jacob Reiske, and an introduction by Karl Gotthelf Lessing. Originally published 1789; an excellent literary source in relation to the later “pantheism controversy” with Jacobi. (Jewish Encyclopedia 1906). Beautifully typeset, printed on fine ragpaper, bound in original marbled boards. Subjects: Mendelssohn, Moses, 1729-1786. OCLC lists 5 copies (UCLA, Ben Gurion Univ, HUC, Washington Univ, Univ Chicago). Lightly bumped outer boards, backstrip rebacked. Pages very lightly foxed, overall clean and fresh. Good + condition. (GER-40-20/21/22) (ID #29413/4/5) $750.00.
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  125. Rivka Horwitz; Martin Buber. BUBER’S WAY TO I AND THOU: AN HISTORICAL ANALYSIS AND THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF MARTIN BUBER'S LECTURES RELIGION ALS GEGENWART. Heidelberg: Schneider, 1978. Hardcover, 8vo, 301 pages, illustrated, 24 cm. In English or German. Includes indexes. Series: Phronesis, Bd. 7. SUBJECT (S): Martin Buber. Rivka Horwitz. Ex-library. Light chipping to edges of outer dust jacket. Very good condition. (Heb-16-3) (ID #26699) $30.00.
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  127. Wolfson, Harry Austryn. FROM PHILO TO SPINOZA: TWO STUDIES IN RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY. Behrman House, 1977. ISBN: 0874412625. ISBN-13: 9780874412628. Paperback, 12mo, 64 pages. Wolfson (1887-1974) was born in Belorussia, and emigrated to the Unites States in 1903. He attended Harvard, and then became a member of its faculty in 1915. He was a member of the American Academy for Jewish Research, the Mediaeval Academy of America, the American Oriental Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. A scholar of Spinoza and Crescas, Wolfson particularly focused on heir relation to earlier philosophers, such as Aristotle, Plato, and the Islamic philosopher Averroes. (Hyman, EJ) Very Good Condition. (K-rab-1-31) (ID #21649) $50.00.
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  129. Fishman, David and Burton Vistozky. ОТ АВРААМА ДО СОВРЕМЕННОСТИ : ЛЕКЦИИ ПО ЕВРЕЙСКОЙ ИСТОРИИ И ЛИТЕРАТУРЕ. OT AVRAAMA DO SOVREMENNOSTI: LEKTSII PO EVREISKOI ISTORII I LITERATURE [FROM ABRAHAM TO MODERNITY: ELEVEN INTRODUCTIONS TO JEWISH HISTORY AND LITERATURE]. Moscow, RGGU [Russian State University For The Humanities], 2002. Hardcover. 389 pages. 23 cm. In Russian. ISBN: 5728106447. SUBJECT(S): Jews -- Civilization. Jews -- History. Jewish literature -- History and criticism. Includes bibliographical references and index. New Condition. (JTS1-6) (ID #28218) $30.00.
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  131. Abraham Soep. DE BESNIJDENIS. EEN ETHNOLOGISCHE STUDIE, ETC. Amsterdam, 1947. Hardcover, 12mo, 164 pages. OCLC lists 1 copy worldwide (British Lib). In Dutch. Early post-Holocaust “Circumcision. An Ethnological Study. ” Bumped corners. Chipped edges and corners of dust jacket. Light yellowing to edges of pages. Otherwise, very good condition. (HEB-17-8) (ID #26723) $75.00.
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  133. Muffs, Yochanan. LOVE AND JOY: LAW, LANGUAGE AND RELIGION IN ANCIENT ISRAEL. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1992. Softcover. 8vo. Xxvii, 240 pages. 23 cm. SUBJECT (S): Law (Theology) -- Biblical teaching. Assyro-Babylonian literature -- Relation to the Old Testament. Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism. Oude Testament. Rabbijnse literatuur. Liefde. Vreugde. Recht. Droit (Théologie) -- Enseignement biblique. Littérature assyro-babylonienne -- Relation avec l'Ancien Testament. Littérature rabbinique -- Histoire et critique. Droit (théologie) -- Enseignement biblique. Littérature rabbinique -- Histoire et critique. Littérature assyro-babylonienne -- Relation avec l'Ancien Testament. Gesetz (Theologie) Religion Droit (théologie) - Enseignement biblique. Liefde. Oude Testament. Rabbijnse literatuur. Recht. Vreugde. Mesopotamien. Identifier: Judaism; History. Title Subject: Bible. O. T. -- Language, style. Bible. O. T. -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish. Bible. A. T. -- Langue. Bible. A. T. -- Critique, interprétation, etc. Juives. Bible A. T. -- Critique, interprétation, etc. -- Juives. Altes Testament Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-212) and indexes. ISBN: 0674539311. New Condition. (JTS1-14) (ID #28225) $25.00.
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  135. Roth, Joel. THE HALAKHIC PROCESS. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1986. Softcover, 398 pages. Illus. 24 cm. ISBN: 0873340353 9780873340359. In his enlightening discussion of one of the most important topics in Jewish thought today, Prof. Roth presents and analyzes the primary Talmudic and rabbinic sources relating to the legal and extralegal factors that go into the process of halakhic decision-making. He leads the reader through the entire process, step by step. The concepts of Biblical versus rabinnic legislation, the role of precedent and custom, extra legal factors (science, technology, medicine, sociology, economics, ethics and psychology) the scope of rabbinic authority, the qualifications for halakhic decision-making authority-all these are taken up and placed in context of the question of legitimacy and illegitimacy, authenticity and in authenticity. All the pressing and controversial questions of our time-women's rights and obligations: the ordination of women, their inclusion into a minyan, prenuptial agreements regarding divorce, the abolition of the second day of the festivals-are bound up with the issues discussed in this book. Anyone concerned with these and similar matters will gain a far broader and deeper appreciation for the real issues involved. New Condition. (JTS1-37) (ID #28247) $25.00.
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  137. Rovner, Jay. THE MA`SAR KESAFIM LEDGER OF MORDECAI ZEEV EHRENPREIS OF LVOV. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 2003. Cloth, 86 + 41 pages. Facsims. Map. 25 cm. ISBN: 9654560372 9789654560375. Ma´sar kesafim (income tithing) is a long-standing Jewish practice. First mentioned in a midrash of a third/fourth-century scholar, it was popularized in the Middle Ages among Ashkenazic Jewry, who not only designated communal tax obligations as ma´aser, but also developed ma´sar kesafim as a practice of individuals desirous of habituating themselves to give to charity in a disciplined and ongoing fashion. Individual Jews dedicate themselves to this personal practice to the present day. Although Pinkese ma´sar kesafim (income tithe ledgers) are mentioned here and there in the literature, none have yet been found and published. Fortunately, Mordecai Zeev Ehrenpreis, a kind-hearted Jew in mid-nineteenth century Lvov (Lemberg) , took a vow to practice ma´sar kesafim one year before he married, kept a detailed record of the income and disbursements of this fund, and eventually bequeathed us his Pinkas. This most informative and fascinating document is edited and published herein. Ehrenpreis commences with a detailed protocol enumerating the nature and conditions of his vow; he also intersperses his accounts with eloquent meditations on his uncertain financial state and on dangers confronting his family, providing the reader a full image of his world. A comprehensive introduction examines the history and practice of ma´sar kesafim, tracing the stages in its development as well as the meaning it held for Ehrenpreis. Jay Rovner holds a Ph. D. In Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he serves as the Manuscript Bibliographer of its library. He has published studies of the development of the Talmud and the nature of the Stammaitic component of its text, and on Jewish liturgy and its development. New Condition. (JTS1-42) (ID #28252) $25.00.
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  139. Oyved, Moysheh. THE BOOK OF AFFINITY. London, Heinemann, 1933. Original Publisher’s Cloth. Folio. Vii, 111 pages, [7] leaves of plates. Illus. 32 cm. Nr 50 of 525 limited numbered copies. “This Edition is limited to 525 copies…numbered and signed by the author” (Number 50). SUBJECT(S): Epstein, Jacob, Sir, 1880-1959. With coloured drawings by Jacob Epstein. Laid In: Clipping from Jewish Chronicle Watches and Jewelry Supplement, September 15, 1967 titled, “A Jewish Watch” on Moshe Oved. Gilt lettering on black cloth with gilt tops of pages. Boards slightly worn, but still nice. Internal pages bright and clean. Very Good Condition In Good Cardboard Case. (DREYFUS-3-2) (ID #28651) $120.00.
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  141. American Society Of Sephardic Studies; Isaac Jack Levy (editor). AMERICAN SOCIETY OF SEPHARDIC STUDIES SERIES 1. New York City; Sephardic Studies Program, Yeshiva University, 1969. Paper wrappers. 8vo. 112 pages. 22 cm. Serial publication, annual; series 1, 1968-1969. In English with some Ladino and some Hebrew. From the foreword: “This collection of essays is the official annual publication of the American Society of Sephardic Studies, an autonomous organization of academicians and scholars dedicated to the study of Judeo-Iberian and Islamic cultures as well as all interrelated influences of and upon the Sephardim in their adopted countries as the result of their exile from Spain in 1492.” With essays on 18th century sephardic ballads from Bosnia, 18th century Sephardic manuscripts from Italy, Judeo-Spanish romance melodies, Maimonides, Talmudic scholarship in Spain, Yeshivat Minhat Areb, etc. Subjects: Sephardim - Periodicals. Ladino literature - Periodicals. OCLC lists 10 holdings worldwide. Covers lightly soiled. Excellent condition. (SEF41-2) (ID #28304) $50.00.
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  143. Bosniak, Jacob. INTRODUCTION TO THE COMMENTARY OF DAVID KIMHI ON THE FIFTH BOOK OF THE PSALMS, CVII-CL. New York: Conservative Judaism (Journal) , 1950. Wrappers with staples, 8vo, 16 pages. “Reprinted from ‘Conservative Judaism’ v. VI, Dec. -Feb., 1949-50 / Tebet-Adar, 5710. Nos. 2-3.” Dr. Bosniak was Rabbi Emeritus of the Ocean Parkway Jewish Center in Brooklyn at the time of this publication. His ‘Commentary, ’ published by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1954, is considered a critical work on the subject, and his contributions to liturgical works have been widely used. Ex-library with minimal markings. In very good condition. (Spec-15-9) (ID #30649) $50.00.
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  145. Davidsohn, Michl. דער ליעווער רבי : היסטארישע דראמע אין פיר אקטן DER LIEVER REBI: HISTORISHE DRAME IN FIR AKTN. Chicago: Farlag L. M. Shteyn, 1935. Hardcover, 8vo, 216 pages, 1 leaf of plates, portraits. In Yiddish. SUBJECT(S): Friedman, Dob Baer. Drama. In Yiddish. Title (romanized) on title page verso: Der Liever rabbi. Other Titles: Liever rabbi. OCLC lists 13 copies worldwide. Light staining to front cover. Light wear. Somewhat scarce. Very good condition. (Heb-22-15) (ID #26950) $75.00.
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  147. Finkelstein, Louis. THE BELIEFS AND PRACTICES OF JUDAISM. New York: Devin-Adair, 1952. Paperback, 94 pages, 12mo, 21 cm. Finkelstein (1895-1991) “was born in Cincinnati. His father, an Orthodox rabbi, supervised his early Jewish education. He graduated from the College of the City of New York (1915) and took his Ph.D. at Columbia University (1918). Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1919, Finkelstein served for more than ten years as rabbi of Congregation Kehilath Israel in New York City, but his close association with the seminary continued. A year after his ordination he began teaching Talmud there, and in 1924 he began teaching theology; from 1931 he was professor of theology. He rose to prominence early. He was president of the Rabbinical Assembly from 1928 to 1930 at the age of 33. He was groomed by Cyrus Adler as his successor. He also assumed more and more administrative responsibility, as assistant to the president (1934), provost (1937), president (1940), and chancellor (from 1951–1972).Under his leadership the seminary attained national prominence in both Jewish and interfaith activities, expanding its academic scope by initiating the Institute for Religious and Social Studies, for example, and its public education work through the Jewish Museum and the radio and television program The Eternal Light, among other innovations.” (Goldin, Judah, and Michael Berenbaum in EJ, 2007). SUBJECT(S): Judaism. Includes bibliographical references (page 91) and index. Ex-library. Wear on the binding and cover. Otherwise, very good condition. (RAB-54-17) (ID #30752) $40.00.
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  149. Hyamson, Moses. MOSAICARUM ET ROMANARUM LEGUM COLLATIO. London, New York, Toronto, Melbourne And Bombay, H. Frowde, Oxford University Press, 1913. Hardcover, 8vo, lvi, 300 pages, 23 cm. Contents: Introduction: The manuscripts of the Collatio; title and plan of the work; purpose of the Collatio; date and place of composition; authorship. SUBJECT (S): Jewish law -- Sources. Roman law -- Sources. Hyamson (1863-1949) was a “rabbi and scholar. Hyamson was born in Suwalki, Lithuania, and was taken to England at the age of five. He received his Jewish education at Jews’ College, London, where he was ordained in 1882, and his secular education at the University of London. He was rabbi of congregations in England and Wales, dayyan of the United Synagogue, 1902–11, and acting chief rabbi of England, 1911–13. The following year he went to New York to become rabbi of Congregation Orach Chayim. He taught the codes of Jewish law at the Jewish Theological Seminary, 1915–1940. Hyamson published Oral Law and Other Sermons; Mosaicarum et Romanarum Legum Collatio, critically edited with introduction, apograph, translation, and notes; and Sabbath and Festival Addresses. He translated into English Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah book 1 and book 2 and Hovot ha-Levavot of Bahya ibn Paquda. Combating calendar reform and attacks on kosher slaughtering are his works The Proposed Reform of Calendar, the Blank Day Device in Proposed Plan for Calendar Reform; and The Jewish Method of Slaughtering Animals from the Point of View of Humanity. Hyamson was president of the League for Safeguarding the Fixity of the Sabbath; chairman of the Milah Board of the New York Jewish Community; vice president of the Jewish Conciliation Court of America; president of the New York Board of Jewish Ministers and chairman of the Jewish Academy of Arts and Sciences. As a teacher at the Seminary, Hyamson was especially appreciated for his exact translations of difficult technical terms in the codes and for his broad experience as a dayyan, which enabled him to illustrate the application of halakhot” (Klein in EJ, 2007). Spine repair. Pieces missing to endpaper and flyleaf. Text in very good condition. (Heb-15A-17A) (ID #27892) $175.00.
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  151. Ibn Daud, Abraham Ben David, Halevi, Ca. 1110-Ca. 1180., Gerson D Cohen. A CRITICAL EDITION WITH A TRANSLATION AND NOTES OF THE BOOK OF TRADITION (SEFER HA-QABBALAH). Philadelphia; Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1967. Hardbound. 8vo. LXII, 348, 74, 22 pages. 24cm. First Edition. English and Hebrew. Dustjacket, beige cloth over boards. Judaica texts and translations, first series, 3; Littman library of Jewish civilization. Abraham Ibn Daud, “Spanish astronomer, historian, and philosopher; born at Toledo about 1110; died, according to common report, a martyr about 1180. His mother belonged to a family famed for its learning. His chronicle, a work written in 1161 under the title of "Sefer ha-Kabbalah" (Book of Tradition) , in which he fiercely attacked the contentions of Karaism and justified rabbinical Judaism by the establishment of a chain of traditions from Moses to his own time, is replete with valuable general information, especially relating to the time of the Geonim and to the history of the Jews in Spain” (from the 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Translated and annotated by Gerson D. Cohen, professor of history at the time at Colombia University and former librarian at the JTS. Subjects: Jews -- History -- Chronology. Tradition (Judaism) Dust jacket in good condition, with light wear to edges. Bookstamp of Richard J Israel on first endpages, pages fresh. Near fine condition. (SEF41-25) (ID #28327) $30.00.
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  153. Kanter, Rabbi Albert Milton. PSYCHOTHEOLOGY: AN INQUIRY INTO THE RATIONALE OF MITZVOT. Skokie, IL; HTC Press, 1996. Cloth. 8vo. 319 pages. 22 cm. A psychological interpretation and examination of rabbinic commandments. Inscribed by author to previous owner on front Letter from author to previous owner also laid in. Endpages. SUBJECT (S): Commandments (Judaism) -- Philosophy. Theological anthropology -- Judaism. Judaism -- Psychology. Named Person: Ephraim Solomon ben Aaron, of Luntshits, 1550-1619. Includes bibliographical references and index. OCLC lists 5 copies worldwide (Jewish Theological Seminary of America, Yeshiva University, Skokie Public Library, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, Hebrew Union College). A nice, clean copy in Fine Condition. (SPEC16-26). (ID #26840) $30.00.
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  155. Knut Stenring. THE BOOK OF FORMATION. London: W. Rider, 1923. Hardcover, 8vo, 66 pages, illustrated, plates, tables, 25 cm. Other Titles: Sefer Yezira., Sepher yetzirah. Ex-library with usual marking. Stained pages. Otherwise, good condition. (HEB-16-9) (ID #26705) $70.00.
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  157. Linfield, Harry Sebee. THE RELATION OF JEWISH TO BABYLONIAN LAW. Chicago, 1919. [Chicago, 1919] Description: 1 p. L., p. 40-66. 24 cm. Notes: "Private edition, distributed by the University of Chicago libraries, Chicago, Illinois. " "Reprinted from the American journal of Semitic languages and literatures, vol. XXXVI, no. 1, October 1919." Thesis (Ph. D. ) --University of Chicago, 1919. Includes bibliographical references. (GER-37-45) (ID #9423) $60.00.
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  159. Sarachek, Joseph. THE DOCTRINE OF THE MESSIAH IN MEDIEVAL JEWISH LITERATURE. New York: Hermon., 1968. Cloth., 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. Jakcet spine sunned. Very good condition in good dust jacket. (RAB-4-7A) (ID #27883) XX $80.00.
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  161. Paul Isaac Hershon, M Wolkenberg, H D M Spence-Jones. THE PENTATEUCH ACCORDING TO THE TALMUD. GENESIS: WITH A TALMUDICAL COMMENTARY. London, S. Bagster And Sons, 1883. Hardcover, 8vo, xxxii, 531 pages, 22 cm. Other Titles: Talmud. Wear to cover binding. Yellowing to edges of pages. Hinge repair. Good condition. (Heb-16-10) (ID #26706) $100.00.
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  163. Soloveitchik, Joseph. HALAKHIC MAN. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1983. Cloth., Original Publisher's Cloth. 8vo. xi, 164 pages. First Edition. SUBJECT(S): Jewish way of life; Jewish law – philosophy. ISBN: 0827602227. Translated from Hebrew by Lawrence Kaplan. Tear on back of jacket repaired with non-archival tape. Very Good Condition in Good+ jacket. (RAB-25-8) (ID #28017) $30.00.
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  165. Vadet, Jean-Claude. LES HANIFS: LA PLUS GRANDE LOI DE MOISE: LES SAINTES MYRIADES ET LA NAISSANCE DE L'EXÉGÈSE ISLAMIQUE. [Paris], Revue Des Etudes Juives, 1971. Original Stapled Wrappers. 8vo. 165-182 pages. 24 cm. In French. Title translates to English as, “The Hanif: Largest Law of Moses: The Holy Myriads, and the Birth of the Islamic Exegesis. ” Reprinted from “Revue des etudes juives: Historia judaica. Vol. CXXX, Issue 2-3-4.” OCLC lists one copy worldwide (Bibliotheque Nationale de France). Some wear to covers. Inscription from author on first page. Very good condition. (SEF39-4) (ID #28513) $30.00.
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  167. Kohler, Kaufmann. JEWISH THEOLOGY: SYSTEMATICALLY AND HISTORICALLY CONSIDERED. The Riverdale Press, Cincinnatti, 1943. Cloth., 8vo. Xiii, 505 pages. SUBJECT (S): Judaism – doctrines. Kohler (1843-1926) was born in Bavaria and received his doctorate in 1867. "His university studies had shattered Kohler's Orthodoxy and his doctoral thesis...took such a radical viewpoint that no rabbinic position was open to him. " In 1869, at the suggestion of Abraham Geiger, Kohler moved to the United States, leading congregations in Detroit, Chicago and New York. An anti-Zionist, active member of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and president of Hebrew Union College, he was a Reform leader. "[In 1885, ] replying to attacks by Alexander Kohut, he published a series of sermons entitled Backward or Forward. The outcome was his convening of the Pittsburgh Conference of Reform rabbis and its adoption of a radical program on the basis of Kohler's draft. In 1903 Kohler was appointed president of Hebrew Union College and set about immediately to improve the curriculum and to bring fresh talent to the faculty. Upon his retirement, Kohler received the title of president emeritus. " (Temkin, EJ) Ex library, good condition. (RAB-54-2) (ID #28639) $30.00.
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  169. Jewish Theological Seminary Of America. תוספתא כפשוטה THE TOSEFTA AND TOSEFTA KI-FSHUTAH, COMPLETE IN 12 VOLS. New York, Jewish Theological Press, 2001. Four Orders of the Tosefta (Zera’im, Mo’ed, Nashim, and Nezikin) according to Codex Vienna, with variants, references to parallel passages in Talmudic literature and commentary. CONTENTS: THE TOSEFTA AND TOSEFTA KI-FSHUTAH, ORDER MO’ED (4 VOLUMES). Vol 1: 394 pages. The Tosefta [text] according to Codex Vienna, with variants from Codices Erfurt, London, Genizah Mss. And Editio Princeps (Venice 1521) together with references to parallel passages in Talmudic literature and a brief commentary. Includes tractates: Shabbath, ‘Erubin, Pesahim, Shekalim, Kippurim, Sukka, Betza, Rosh Ha-Shana, Ta’anith, Megilla, Mo’ed Katan, Hagiga. -- Vol 2: 470 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, part III: order Mo’ed, tractates Shabbath, ‘Erubin. -- Vol 3: 471-910 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, part IV: order Mo’ed, tractates Pesahim – Sukka. -- Vol 4: 911-1341 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, part V: order Mo’ed, tractates Betza - Hagiga. --- THE TOSEFTA AND TOSEFTA KI-FSHUTAH, ORDER NASHIM (3 VOLUMES). Vol 1: 299 pages. The Tosefta [text] according to Codex Vienna, with variants from Codex Erfurt, Genizah Mss. And Editio Princeps (Venice 1521) together with references to parallel passages in Talmudic literature and a brief commentary. Includes two parts – Part I: tractates Yebamoth, Kethuboth, Nedarim, Nazir. Part II: tractates Sotah, Gittin, Kiddushin. -- Vol. 2: 608 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, parts VI – VII, order Nashim, tractates Yebamoth, Kethuboth (part VI) , Nedarim, Nazir (part VII). -- Vol 3: 609-1004 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, part VIII, order Nashim, tractates Sotah, Gittin, Kiddushin. --- THE TOSEFTA AND TOSEFTA KI-FSHUTAH, ORDER NEZIKIN (2 VOLUMES). Vol 1: 171 pages. The Tosefta [text] – According to Codex Vienna, with variants from Codex Erfurt, Ms. Schocken and Editio Princeps (Venice 1521) together with references to parallel passages in Talmudic literature and a brief commentary. Includes tractates: Bava Kamma, Bava Mezi’a, Bava Batra. -- Vol 2: 472 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, parts IX – X, order Nezikin, tractates Bava Kamma, Bava Mezi’a (part IX) , Bava Batra (part X). --- THE TOSEFTA AND TOSEFTA KI-FSHUTAH, ORDER ZERA’IM (3 VOLUMES). Vol 1: 293 pages. The Tosefta [text] according to Codex Vienna, with variants from Codex Erfurt, Genizah Mss. And Editio Princeps (Venice 1521) together with references to parallel passages in Talmudic literature and a brief commentary. Includes tractates: Berakot, Pe’ah, Demai, Terumoth, Shebi’it, Kil’aim, Ma’asrot, Ma’aser Sheni, Hallah, ‘Orlah, Bikkurim. -- Vol 2: 480 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, part I: order Zera’im, tractates Berakot –Terumoth. -- Vol 3: 481-879 pages. Tosefta Ki-Fshutah: A comprehensive commentary on the Tosefta, part II: order Zera’im, tractates Shebi’it –Bikkurim. New Condition. (JTS1-28) (ID #28238) xxx $25.00 per volume (most available individually).Complete set: $300.00.
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  171. Friedman, Shamma. תלמוד ערוך: פרק השוכר את האומנין: בבלי בבא מציעא פרק ששי: מהדורה על דרך המחקר עם פירוש הסוגיות TALMUD ʻARUKH: PEREK HA-SOKHER ET HA-UMANIN: BAVLI BAVA METSIʻA PEREK SHISHI: MAHADURAH ʻAL DEREKH HA-MEHKAR ʻIM PERUSH HA-SUGYOT. BT BAVA MEZI’A VI, TEXT. New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1996. Cloth. 4to. 438 pages. 26 cm. Prof. Shamma Friedman’s work on Chapter VI of tractate Bava Mezi’a in the Babylonian Talmud utilizes the work of all ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary authorities in providing a comprehensive textual, legal and literary analysis. New Condition. (JTS1-43) (ID #28253) $25.00.
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  173. Papo, Eli’ezer. תרג׳מת אלכתאב למקדרש פלא יועץ: בל׳ ערבי פרפרי אללפהו TARJAMAT AL-KITAB PELE YO’ETS: OT ALEF-OT HE. G’erbah [Jerba]: Bi-Defus Ha-Shutafim R. David ‘aidan [Ve]-Ya’akov Hadad, No Date (1920-1930?). Hardcover, 8vo, 45 leaves 20 cm. In Judeo-Arabic. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Ethics, Jewish -- 1750- Judeo-Arabic. OCLC lists 6 copies worldwide (JTS, Yale, HUC, Toronto, UC-Berkeley, Harvard). Bumped corners and edges. Yellowing of pages. Worming to front and back cover. (Heb-33-13) (ID #28042) $200.00.
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  175. Angel, Baruch. שאולת ותשובות SHE'ELOTH U'TESHUVOTH. [RESPONSA]. Salonika, Talmud Torah Press, 1717. Cloth, 4to, 34, 33-76 (5) leaves. Learned marginalium on one leaf. Bound with: Angel, Baruch. ספר חדושי הרב CHIDUSHEI HARAV [Talmudical Novellae], 160 leaves. Two works bound together. Both First edition. OCLC lists 3 copies of the Novellae (UCLA, YU, HUC); 4 of the Responsa (jts, UCLA, UC-Denver, British Library). Vinograd, Salonika 215 & 213. Responsa Title: Steinschneider, M. Cat. librorum hebraeorum,; 4498, no. 2. First title page crudely tape-repaired, portion of second title page missing. Browned, worming with some loss of text. Later boards, binding & spine repair. (heb-37-9) (ID #27632) $300.00.
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  177. Judah Leib Ben Simcha. SHALAMEI SIMCHA [TALMUDIC NOVELLAE TO TRACTATE BERACHOTH AND SEDER MO'ED]. Vilna, Ludanski, 1806. First edition. Cloth, 8vo, (2) , 70, (1) leaves. Vinograd, Vilna 37. The work bears the Haskamoth of three rabbis of Brisk (i. E. Brest-Litovsk): Abraham Katzenellenbogen, Aryeh Leib Katzenellenbogen, and Aaaron ben Meir [Padua], author "Minchath Aharon, " as well as that of R. Saul [Katzenellenbogen] of Vilna. The Author's forebears R. Nachman, R. Naphtali Hertz and R. Judah Leir had all served as Rabbis of Brisk. The author himself served as Av-Beth-Din of Zhager, Lithuania (see JE, vol III, p. 378). Lacks blank endpapers, old repair to final leaf (no text loss) , Good+ Condition. (heb-37-11) (ID #27633) $200.00.
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  179. Visotzky, Burton. מדרש משלי: על פי כתב־יד ואטיקן 44 .Ebr, עם שינויי גרסאות מכל כתבי־היד ודפוסים הראשונים ועם מבוא, מראי מקומות וביאורים קצרים, הנקראים ״מקור ברוך״ MIDRASH MISHLE: `AL PI KETAV-YAD VATIKAN EBR. 44, `IM SHINUYE GIRSAOT MI-KOL KITVE-HA-YAD U-DEFUSIM HA-RISHONIM VE-`IM MAVO, MARE MEKOMOT U-VEURIM KETSARIM, HA-NIKRAIM "MEKOR BARUKH.". New York, Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1990. Cloth. 8vo. 16, 214 p. Ages. 24 cm. A Critical Edition based on Vatican Ms. Ebr. 44, with variant readings all known manuscripts and early editions, and with an Introduction, References and a short Commentary. Based on the editor's Ph. D. Dissertation. Includes bibliographical references. New Condition. (JTS1-2) (ID #28214) $30.00.
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  181. Jacob Ben Wolf Kranz; Avraham Berush Flahm. ספר המדות: עם שיורי המדות: גם ברורי המדות SEFER HA-MIDOT. Varsha: Defus Yitshak Goldman, 1875. Hardcover, 8vo, 109 leaves. SUBJECT(S): Sefer ha-midot. Kranz (1741-1804) was a “preacher. Born in Zietil, in the province of Vilna, Kranz demonstrated his homiletical skill at an early age and was known as preacher to his fellow yeshivah students especially in Mezhirech, where he received his halakhic, and probably his kabbalistic, education. He was barely 20 years old when he became Darshan in his city. From there he wandered through several other cities, holding the post of preacher in Zilkiew, Wlodawa near Lublin, Kalisz, and Zamosc. But he achieved his fame as preacher in Dubno, where he served for 18 years. As his reputation spread, he came into contact with some of the most prominent rabbis of his time, such as Elijah b. Solomon Zalman. It is told that when Elijah was too ill to study, he asked Kranz to visit his bedside and read him his homiletical interpretations, stories, and parables. All of Kranz’s works were printed posthumously by his son, Isaac, and his pupil, Baer Plahm. His major homiletical work, Ohel Ya’akov, was printed in four parts. In addition, his homilies on the five scrolls, Kol Ya’akov, were printed in Warsaw in 1819. Among his other published homiletical works are an exegesis of the Passover Haggadah and a collection of homilies called Haftarot. Baer Plahm edited Kranz’s Sefer ha-Middot, a work consciously modeled after the 11th-century Hovot ha-Levavot by Bahya ibn Paquda. In describing the attitude required of the Jew in his spiritual relationship with God, as well as the observances required in his practical relationship, Kranz discusses such subjects as the fear of God, love of God, knowledge of God, and prayer. Although he made use of the vast treasure of Jewish ethical, homiletical, halakhic, and kabbalistic material, Kranz succeeded in composing homilies which the Jewish layman could readily understand. The inclusion of many parables, fables, stories, and epigrams captivated the hearts of less scholarly listeners. Yet the homilies are not simplistic, but represent the highest achievement of Hebrew homiletical art at that time. That Kranz integrated folkloristic material into his homilies without vulgarizing them was a significant achievement. His parables were culled from his works and printed separately as Mishlei Ya’akov. However, taken out of their homiletical context, the parables lose most of their artistic effect” (Kranz in EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 14 copies worldwide. Wear to binding. Hinge repair. Some stained pages. Writing inside front cover. Chipped and bumped cover corners, edges and binding. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-18-1) (ID #26726) $125.00.
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  183. Mordechai Binat, Shlomo Ager. MEHILCHOT RAV ALPHAS. HELEK SHLISHI. Vilna, 1865. Hardcover, 4to, 308, 242 pages. Ex-library. Stained pages. Wear to binding. Writing on title page. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-22-2B) (ID #26808) $125.00.
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  185. Moses Maimonides; Menasseh Grossberg. ספר הרפואות: ונלוה אליו ספר חבל מנשה SEFER REFUOT: VE-NILVAH ELAV SEFER HEVEL MENASHEH... London: Bi-Defus Y. Z. Metsik, 1900. Hardcover, 64 pages, 12mo, 23 cm. Other Titles: Hevel Menashe. OCLC lists 11 copies worldwide. Hinge repair. Wear to cover spine and binding. Good condition. (Heb-17-2) (ID #26717) $100.00.