CATALOG 172:

RABBINICS, THE MIDDLE AGES, & RELATED TOPICS

A Collection of Assorted Titles

Header Pic 1
Nr. 3. Karo, Joseph Ben Ephraim; Moses Ben Israel Isserles; Moses Ben Naphtali Hirsch Rivkes. SHULHAN ‘ARUKH: MI-TUR EVEN HA-‘EZER. Amsterdam; 1698.

 

 

Friends-

We are pleased to publish:

Catalog 172: Rabbinics, the Middle Ages, and Related Topics.

For other subjects within the field of Judaica & Jewish studies, please search our online store of over 12,000 titles at www.danwymanbooks.com/searchpage.php, or browse our recent catalogs, all online at www.DanWymanBooks.com.

As always, every item is offered subject to prior sale and is 100% returnable for any reason. Domestic shipping is generally $6.00 for the first item and $1.00 for each additional item. International shipments are at cost, generally $24.00 for smaller-size items and $60.00 for larger size items.

All prices are in US Dollars. We prefer paymet by credit card, but we also accept checks in US funds or www.paypal.com. We will also gladly invoice your institution; institutions may even delay payment until your next funding cycle begins.

To order, please email us with your requests to [email protected]. Please do not order via fax at this time.

PLEASE SIGN UP HERE TO RECEIVE OUR LISTS OF OUT OF PRINT JUDAICA TITLES.

And please share and forward this list to others who may be interested.

Thanks as always to our ourstanding cataloguers, Jonathan Anderson and Hadley Gitto. And when you write or call to place your order, please say hi to the newest talented member of our staff, Ishai Mishory.

We look forward to hearing from you and to working with you to build your collection.

--Dan




SECTIONS





SPECIAL

     

     

  1. Maimonides, Moses; Mordekhai Tamah; Mordecai Raphael Hezekiah Da Vega; David Franco Mendes; Isaac Belinfante. SEFER PE'ER HA-DOR: HA-LO HEMAH TESHUVOT SHE'ELOT [FIRST APPEARANCE]. Amsterdam; Bi-Defus Girard Yohan Yanson, 1765. Original boards. 4to. VIII, 5-14 [i.e.24], 56 [i.e.112] pages. 26 cm. First edition. First appearance. In Hebrew, with eulogies in Spanish. Per hador; Teshuvot ha-Rambam. Responsa and letters of Maimonides, including letters to Samuel Ibn Tibbon and Joseph Ibn Aknin. Translated from the Arabic into Hebrew by Mordecai Tammah. With eulogies by M. R. H. Da Vega, D. Franco Mendes, and I. C. Belinfante; Responsa of Samuel Ha-Nagid; approbations from Rabbis in Safed, Constantinople, the Hague, Amsterdam. Pe'er ha-dor (‘Glory of the Generation’, Amsterdam 1765) “a double allusion to the stature of both the Rambam and this new literary initiative. The Arabic manuscript that formed the basis of the publication had belonged to the estate of the late Iakham Jacob Sasportas (Oran 1610-Amsterdam 1698).” In the introduction to the 1765 first edition, “his grandson states that he had always cherished the wish to see this obra tan sublimada translated into Hebrew, but that he had not seen this wish fulfilled until Mordecai Tamah, a scion of a rabbinic family in Jerusalem, had come to Amsterdam (where he stayed with Iakham Solomon Shalem), and offered to translate the Arabic correspondence en el Ydioma sagrado. The verbose Spanish introductions and the plethora of Hebrew haskamot, both rabbinic and poetic, are an indication of the pride taken by the initiators as well as by contemporary literati in this ‘national antiquarian’ enterprise.” (Jewish Enlightenment Reconsidered: The Dutch Eighteenth Century. Irene Zwiep). Printed on ragpaper, bound in original leather and boards. Subjects: Jewish ethics - Early works to 1800. Jewish law - Early works to 1800.Responsa. OCLC lists 10 copies. Boards rubbed, bumped edges; pages soiled in margins throughout, otherwise fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-26) (ID #32643) $650.00.
  2.  

     

     

     

     

     

  3. Mosheh Ben Yehudah, Of Minsk. SEFER EVEN SHOHAM:... 'AL MA'AMRE RAZAL U-FESUKE TANAKH. London; Moshe B. Gerson, 1772. Original boards. 8vo. [88] pages. 22 cm. First Edition. Sefer Even Shoham (The Book of Onyx). Homilies regarding practical matters founded on the tenets of faith authored by Rabbi Yehuda of Minsk, preacher in the town Zarik, as well as in Sha'arei Tzion Beit Midrash in London. Includes sermons on the history of Polish Jewry, exile, and redemption. Many approbations (from Polish Rabbis). Original boards with marbled paper, printed on rag paper, printers device on page 6. Vinograd, London 69. Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. London – Sermons. OCLC lists 11 copies. Boards rubbed and worn, backstrip torn, binding lightly shaken, internally fresh, with minor soiling in margins throughout. Good condition. (RAB-56-11) (ID #32628) $375.00.
  4.  

     

     

     

     

     

  5. Karo, Joseph Ben Ephraim; Moses Ben Israel Isserles; Moses Ben Naphtali Hirsch Rivkes. SHULHAN ‘ARUKH: MI-TUR EVEN HA-‘EZER. Amsterdam; Bi-Defus ‘imanu’el Ben Yosef ‘atias, 1698. Original full leather. 12mo. [360] pages. 17 cm. In Hebrew. With added engraved title page. Even ha¬Ezer - laws concerning Jewish marriage and divorce; third volume only of the four volume edition of the Shulhan Aruch issued by the famous Atias press of Amsterdam (Immanuel Atias: “Printer at Amsterdam till 1707; son and business successor of Joseph Athias. The most elegant editions of Hebrew works, among them Maimonides' ‘Yad ha-Hazakah, ’ etc, were issued by his office.” Joseph Atias: “Printer and publisher; born in Spain, probably at Cordova, at the beginning of the seventeenth century; died at Amsterdam, May 12, 1700. … Athias' printing-establishment was one of the best equipped in Amsterdam. His wealth enabled him to lavish money on the cutting and casting of type, and to demand artistic work of his designers and die-sinkers. The edition of Maimonides' Yad ha-Hazakah, with ‘Lehem Mishneh, ’ 5 vols, Amsterdam, 1702-3, begun by Athias and completed after his death by his son Emanuel, is, as Steinschneider says, one of the most elegant and most admired products of the Hebrew press.” – 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). “Caro wrote the Shulhan 'Aruk in his old age, for the benefit of those who did not possess the education necessary to understand the ‘Bet Yosef. ’ The arrangement of this work is the same as that adopted by Jacob b. Asher in his ‘Arba'ah Turim, ’ but more concise; nor are any authorities given. This book, which for centuries was, and in part still is, ‘the code’ of rabbinical Judaism for all ritual and legal questions that obtained after the destruction of the Temple, has a remarkable history, hardly paralleled by that of any other product of rabbinical literature.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Bound in full leather, with gilt tooled outer edges, decorative endpages. Subjects: Jewish law - Early works to 1800. Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Even ha-‘ezer - Commentaries. Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Hoshen mishpat - Commentaries. Jewish law - Early works to 1800. Hebrew language - Texts. OCLC lists 11 copies. Backstrip repaired, rubbing to outer edges, some soiling throughout. Good condition. (SPEC-38-15) (ID #31590) $1000.00.
  6.  

     

     

     

     

     

  7. Karo, Joseph Ben Ephraim; Isserles, Moses Ben Israel; Ashkenazi, Judah Ben Simeon; Be'er Hetev. SHULHAN ARUKH [COMPLETE SET] [SHULCHAN ARUCH]. Vin: Bi-Defus Georg Heroshantski, 1809-1810. Original calf. 8vo. Various paginations. 21 cm. In Hebrew. Four volume set of the Shulhan Arukh, the "influential summary and codification of halakhah in brief and authoritative form, completed in Safed in 1563 by the Sephardic rabbi, Yosef Karo. First published in Venice in 1565 and reprinted many times in the succeeding decades and centuries, the Shulhan 'arukh is an abridgement and distillation of Karo's Bet Yosef—commentary and glosses on the medieval code Arba'ah turim by Ya'akov ben Asher. As is the Turim, the Shulhan 'arukh is divided into four sections: Orah hayim, on Sabbath, holiday and daily commandments; Yoreh de'ah, on dietary laws and various other categories such as mourning and purity; Even ha-'ezer, chiefly on marriage and divorce; and Hoshen mishpat, mainly on civil law." (YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe). Hoshen Mishpat contains two separate title pages in this set. Printed on fine ragpaper, bound in original leather; printed by "Joseph Hraszansky, using a Frankfurt on the Main font, opened a Hebrew department in Vienna. Among his great achievements is an edition of the Talmud (1791–97)." (EJ 2008; Hebrew Printing, Vienna). Subjects: Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, - 1488-1575. - Shulhan Arukh. Jewish Law. OCLC lists 5 copies. Wear to binding. Repair to spine. Light yellowing of pages. Bumped cover corners and edges. Overall fresh and clean. Good + condition. (Heb-35-15) (ID #32540) $400.00.
  8.  

     

     

     

     

     

  9. Sherry, A. F. OSEF KITVE HA-YAD SHEL HA-TALMUD HA-BAVLI BA-SIFRIYAT HA-VATIKAN BE-ROM = THE VATICAN COLLECTION OF TALMUD MANUSCRIPTS [6 VOLUME COMPLETE SET; SERIES 'A' AND 'B']. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1971-1974. Original Quarter Leather over boards. 4to. 247; 304; 264, 200; 239, 77; 255, 46; 364 pages. 30 cm. 2 series in six volumes. A limited facsimile edition of 135 copies by special permission of the Vatican library. In Hebrew and Aramaic, with added English title page: Manuscripts of the Babylonian Talmud from the collection of the Vatican Library. Introduction for Series "A" also in English (8 p. In pocket v. I) Introduction for Series B also in English (20 p. In pocket v. IV). Contains: Sidrah A: [kerekh I] 'Eruvin. Betsah. (Vat. Ebr 109) Shabat. Mo'ed katan. (Vat. Ebr. 108) [Kerekh II] Yoma ve-Rosh ha-Shanah. Ta'anit. Sukah. Betsah. Megilah. Hagigah. Mo'ed katan. (Vat. Ebr. 134) [Kerekh III] Gitin. Ketuvot. (Vat. Ebr. 130) Sotah. Nedarim. Nazir (Vat. Ebr. 110). - Sidrah B: [kerekh IV] Zevahim, Mehahot (Vat. Ebr. 118). Ketuvot (Vat. Ebr. 112) [Kerekh V] Zevahim, Temurah, Bekhorot, Me'ilah, Keritot (Vat. Ebr. 119) Baba metsi'a' (Vat. Ebr. 114) [Kerekh VI] Yevamot, Kidushin, Nida (Vat. Ebr. 111). Series 'A' housed in original box. Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Incunabula, Hebrew – Facsimiles. Manuscripts.; Vat. Ebr. 109, Vat. Ebr. 108, Vat. Ebr. 134, Vat. Ebr. 130, Vat. Ebr. 110, Vat. Ebr. 118, Vat. Ebr. 112, Vat. Ebr. 119, Vat. Ebr. 114, Vat. Ebr. 111. Light wear to edges, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-33) (ID #32585) $600.00.
  10.  

     

     

     

     

     

  11. Taylor, Charles. HEBREW-GREEK CAIRO GENIZAH PALIMPSESTS: FROM THE TAYLOR-SCHECHTER COLLECTION: INCLUDING A FRAGMENT OF THE TWENTY-SECOND PSALM ACCORDING TO ORIGEN'S HEXAPLA. Cambridge; University Press, 1900. Original Cloth. Folio. VI, 96, 11 pages. 37 cm. First edition. Texts in Greek and Hebrew; notes and commentary in English. Contains: A Hexaplar fragment of Psalm XXII - Parts of some of the Psalms XC-CIII in the Greek of Aquila - The New Testament – Plates. Appendix I contains transcriptions of portions of Psalms 90-92, 96-98, 102-103. Appendix II contains transcriptions of N. T. Fragments. “Taylor took great interest in Professor Schechter's work in Cairo, and the genizah fragments presented to the University of Cambridge are known as the Taylor-Schechter Collection.” (1906 JE) Subjects: Manuscripts, Greek. Manuscripts, Hebrew. Palimpsest. Cambridge Universitätsbibliothek. Griechisch. Hebräisch. Bible - Manuscripts. Genisafragmente. Backstrip previously repaired with tape, light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-55-5) (ID #32557) $500.00.
  12.  

     

    BIBLIOGRAPHY AND REFERENCE

     

     

  13. Rabinowitz, Raphael Nathan; Abraham Meir Habermann. MAAMAR AL HADPASAT HA-TALMUD. Jerusalem; Mosad Ha-Rav Kuk, 1952. Publishers cloth. 8vo. 288 pages. 23 cm. Second edition. In Hebrew. With 16 fascimiles illustrations. ‘Ma'amar al-Hadefasat ha-Talmud, ’ a critical review of the different editions of the Babylonian Talmud since 1484 (first published; Munich, 1877). The author Raphael Rabbinovicz was a “Talmudical scholar and antiquarian; born at Novo-Zhagory, government of Kovno, Russia, in 1835; died at Kiev Nov. 28, 1888. At the age of twenty-eight he left Russia, and, having spent some time in Lemberg, Presburg, and Eisenstadt, went to Munich, where he finally settled. There he found buried in the royal library the famous ‘Codex Hebraicus. ’ This manuscript of the Babylonian Talmud was written in 1342 and had the good fortune to escape the hands of the censors. … The ‘Dikduke Soferim, Variæ Lectiones in Mischnam et in Talmud Babylonieum, ’ a work that is indispensable to the student of the Talmud and its antiquities, gave to Rabbinovicz a world-wide reputation. Scholars in every part of Europe, Jewish and non-Jewish, turned to him whenever a disputed point in Talmud needed to be elucidated.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Edited and printed by Abraham Meir Habermann (1901–1980), the noted bibliographer and scholar of medieval Hebrew literature. Subjects: Talmud - Bibliography. Talmud - Bibliography. Cloth soiled, no jacket, first section of leaves previously reattached with tape, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (BIBLIOG-33-33) (ID #31937) $30.00.
  14.  

     

     

     

     

     

  15. Morais, Sabato; Julius H Greenstone; Samuel David Luzzatto. ITALIAN HEBREW LITERATURE. New York; Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1926. Publishers cloth. 8vo. VI, 244 pages. 24 cm. First separate edition. With essays on the writings of Shabbetai Donnolo, Nathan Ben Yehiel, Immanuel of Rome, Elias del Medigo, Azariah de Rossi, David Nieto, Samuel David Luzzatto, Philoxene Luzzatto; biographical sketches of Samuel Alatri, Isaac Artom, Allesandro Malvano, etc. By Sabato Morais; edited by Julius H. Greenstone; with a foreword by Henry S. Morais. Includes "A critical and hermeneutical introduction to the Pentateuch,” by S. D. Luzzatto: p. [93]-152. The author, Sabato Morais was an “American rabbi; born at Leghorn, Italy, April 13, 1823; died at Philadelphia Nov. 11, 1897. The Morais family came originally from Portugal, being probably among the large number of Jews who fled thence from the Inquisition. At the time of Sabato's birth Italy was in the thick of her great struggle for freedom … he formed a close friendship with Joseph Mazzini; and that patriot's struggle for Italian freedom was warmly seconded by Morais. … In 1850, owing to the withdrawal of Isaac Leeser, the pulpit of the Mickve Israel congregation at Philadelphia, Pa, became vacant, and Morais was an applicant for the post. He arrived in Philadelphia on March 17, 1851, and was elected April 13 following, the synagogue services in the interval being conducted by him. … When, in 1867, Maimonides College was established in Philadelphia, Morais was made professor of the Bible and of Biblical literature; and he held the chair during the six years that the college existed. For a number of years thereafter he felt the urgent need of an institution for the training of Jewish ministers on historical and traditional lines; and the declarations of the Pittsburg Conference in 1885 urged him to immediate action. After a considerable agitation of the subject he succeeded, in conjunction with a few others, in establishing (Jan, 1886) the Jewish Theological Seminary at New York. He was at once made president of the faculty and professor of Bible, holding both posts until his death. Unquestionably the establishment of the seminary constitutes Morais' most lasting influence upon Judaism in America. The directors of that body have fittingly recognized his memory by naming the chair of Biblical literature and exegesis ‘the Sabato Morais professorship. ’ In 1887 the University of Pennsylvania conferred upon him the honorary degree of doctor of laws, he being the first Jew so honored by that institution.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) Subjects: Hebrew literature - Italy. Jews - Italy - Biography. Bible. O. T. Pentateuch - Criticism, interpretation, etc. With the signature of previous owner on endpage. Very fresh and clean. Great condition. (BIBLIOG-33-50/B) xx (ID #31955) $75.00.
  16.  

     

     

     

     

     

  17. Dienstag, Jacob Israel. RABENU ELIYAHU MI-VILNA: RESHIMAH BIBLIYOGRAFIT = ELIJAH GAON: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Nyu-York; Talpiyot, Yeshivah Universitah, 1949. Later cloth. 8vo. 97 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, with English title page and note. "Reprinted from Talpioth, vol. 4, 1949." Extensive bibliography of works by, and pertaining to, the Elijah Gaon; with 619 entries, up to 1948; includes Index. Subjects: Elijah ben Solomon, 1720-1797 -- Bibliography. Literatura rabi´nica. Bibliografia. Light wear to cloth, previous owners signature on endpage, otherwise very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (BIBLIOG-33-51) (ID #31957) $40.00.
  18.  

     

     

     

     

     

  19. Perla, Kalman Avigdor. SEFER OTSAR LESHON HAKHAMIM: KOLEL IMRE HAZAL. Yerushalayim; R. Mas, 1976. Publishers cloth. 8vo. 346 pages. 25 cm. Fifth edition. In Hebrew. Alphabetic thesaurus of Rabbinic sayings with explanations; contains 7000 talmudic sayings culled from the Talmud Bavli, Yerusalmi, Sifra, Sifri Tosefta, Mechilta, Avot D'rabi Natan, Pesikta, the Minor tractates, Midrash rabbah, Midrash Tanchuma, Zohar- arranged in Alphabetical order with notes to explain ancient Greek and Roman words as well as interesting comparisons to medieval French and German parables. This volume went through many printings by Rubin Mass, since 1947; originally published in Warsaw in 1900. Subjects: Quotations. Hebrew literature. Talmud - Quotations. OCLC lists one copy of this edition, 21 copies of the previous printing (1965). Very clean and fresh. Great condition. (BIBLIOG-33-68) (ID #31974) $30.00.
  20.  

     

     

     

     

     

  21. Hirshovitz, Abraham Eliezer. OTSAR KOL MINHAGE YESHURUN HA-MESHUKHLAL: YAFITS OR AL KOL MINHAGE YISRAEL...KOROTEHEM...VE-YETDOTEHEM HA-MEFUZARIM...BE-SEFRARIM SHONIM.... St. Louis; Moinster Printing, 1918. Original Cloth. 8vo. 306 pages. 24 cm. Third, expanded, edition. In Hebrew. Anthology of five hundred customs. Goldman 622. “Hirshovitz was born in Kovno in 1859 and he moved to Warsaw in 1896. He later returned home to Kovno, but in 1908 he immigrated to America. He was appointed the preacher of Shaaray Torah in Pittsburgh and taught children. Hirshovitz contributed to the Yiddish and Hebrew press in Europe and in America. He died in 1928.” (Goldman) Otsar Kol Minhage was first published in Vilna, 1892. Subjects: Judaism - Customs and practices. OCLC lists 13 copies. First hinge loose, some wormholing to hinge; light wine stain to first few leaves, otherwise internally very fresh and clean. Good + condition. (SPEC-36-57) (ID #32145) $100.00.
  22.  

     

     

     

     

     

  23. Nathan Ben Jehiel; Mussafia, Benjamin; Landau, Moses Israel. HE-ARUKH U-MUSAF HE-ARUKH [3 VOLUMES OF 5 ONLY]. Prag: Mosheh Halevi Landa, 1819-1835. Original half calf. 8vo. 232, 44, VII; 292, 7; 510 Pages. 21 cm. First edition. In Hebrew and German. Volumes one, two and five only, of a five volume set. Volumes 1 and 2 bound together. Each volume has separate title page. The best known of Landau's works, He-Arukh u-Musaf he-Arukh im Ma'aneh Lashon, is the talmudic dictionary by R. Nathan b. Jehiel with a German translation. Additional title page: Rabbinisch- aramaeisch- deutsches Woerterbuch zur kenntniss des Talmuds, der Targumim und Midraschim; mit Anmerkungen... Von M. I. Landau... Moses Landau (1788–1852), printer, publisher, and lexicographer. R. Nathan b. Jehiel of Rome (1035–c. 1110), Italian lexicographer, also called Ba'al he-Arukh ("the author of the Arukh") after the title of his lexicon. It was while serving as head of the Rome yeshivah that he wrote his classical work (which he completed in 1101) the Arukh, a lexicon of the Talmud and the Midrashim, containing all the talmudic terms in need of explanation; in the course of time various additions were made to it. At the end of the Arukh there is a poem written in particularly difficult language and therefore of somewhat obscure meaning; in it the poet, lamenting his bitter lot, tells of the death of four out of his five sons during his lifetime. Attractively printed and bound, printed on ragpaper. Subjects: Descriptor: Hebrew language - Dictionaries. Hebrew language, Talmudic - Dictionaries - Hebrew. Talmud - Commentaries. Talmud – Dictionaries. OCLC lists 12 copies worldwide. Wear to binding. Boards shaken. Bumped corners and edges. Repair to spine. Yellowing of pages. Good condition. (Heb-35-2) (ID #32536) $200.00.
  24.  

     

     

     

     

     

  25. Carmilly, Moshe. CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN JEWISH HISTORY. New York; Sepher-Hermon Press, 1977. Softbound. 8vo. 295 pages. 24 cm. First English edition. Originally published in Hebrew as “Book and Sword; Censorship and freedom of expression in Jewish history” in 1967. Covers such topics as the censorship of kabbalistic and Sabbatian literature as well as the modern struggles against Hasidism and the Enlightenment. There is also a chapter on controversies surrounding erotic literature. Subjects: Censorship - Religious aspects - Judaism. Censuur. Joodse literatuur. Recht van meningsuiting. Wear to dustjacket and covers, otherwise fresh and clean. Good condition. (BIBLIOG-32-9) (ID #31850) $30.00.
  26.  

     

     

     

     

     

  27. Chones, Isaac Bear; Avraham Ber Goldenman. SEFER HA-MILIM, O, ‘ARUKH HA-KATSAR: YAKHIL BE-KIRBO PITRONE KOL HA-MILIM HA-NIMTSA’OT BA-MISHNAH... HA-KOL METURGAM LE-LASHON ‘IVRIT VE-ASHKENAZIT... VE-NILVAH LA-ZEH BE-SOF HA-SEFER TOLDOT HA-MEHABER ME-ET A.B.G.. Chicago; Y. Shapiro, 1915. Later cloth. 8vo. VII, 183 pages. 23 cm. First Edition. In Hebrew and Yiddish. Two columns per page. Frontispiece portrait of author. English title page verso: A Concise Talmudic-Midrashic Dictionary Containing nearly 8000 New-Hebrew and Chaldaic words, with references, found in the Mishnah, Babylonian and Palestinian Talmud, Midrashim, Targumim, Responsa, Zohar, etc, etc, translated into Hebrew and Yiddish. “Unable to publish all the volumes of his multi-volume [Biblical Word-Book and Concordance, 1909], Chones instead issued this Talmudic/Midrashic dictionary (with definitions in Yiddish) (p. 182). It is based on a list of words that he amassed while a proofreader in Vilna. He published it because existing dictionaries focused more on etymology, which was not of interest to most users, than in conveying the simple meaning of the word (pp. V-VI). For a discussion of this work, with facsimiles of the title pages, preface and acknowledgements, as well as an English translation of this latter two, see Brauner, also see Brisman (2000), 20-1.” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry #239). Subjects: Aramaic language - Dictionaries - Hebrew. Hebrew language, Post-Biblical - Dictionaries. Hebrew language, Talmudic - Dictionaries. OCLC lists 27 copies. Hinges previously repaired, slight tear across title page, light wear to edges of cloth, light pencil and some pen marks in margins throughout; otherwise fresh. Good condition. (AMR-39-38) (ID #31431) $75.00.
  28.  

     

     

     

     

     

  29. Neuhausen, Simon Avseyewitz. NIRDEFE ZOHAR, KEVUZAH SHEL HAGDAROT LE-SHEMOT U-PO’ALIM NIRDAFIM SHEBE-SEFER HA-ZOHAR. Baltimore; Naihoizen, 1923. Original Wraps. 8vo. XII, 56, [4] pages. 23 cm. First Edition. In Hebrew and Yiddish. Added English title page: ‘Synonyms of The Zohar: A Compendium of Synonyms occurring in the Zohar and Tikune Zohar with Delimitations Drawn Compared to Those in Hebrew Literature of different Periods. ’ “This publication is part of a larger work which I have been preparing on the synonyms occurring in Hebrew Literature, under which terms are included the Bible, the Talmudim and Midrashim, and their commentaries, midaeval [sic] philosophy, kabalah, codes, and responsa, as well as more modern work” (Pg.2). “The sample of his larger work contains eighty-two sets of synonyms used in the Zohar. For each set Neuhausen provides citations from other sources that also use those words. He acknowledged the aid of his son, Dr. B. S. Neuhausen, and thanked the Moinester Printing Co, particularly its director, Mr. [Saltz]” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, number 1052) Subjects: Cabala. Aramaic language - Synonyms and antonyms. Zohar - Language, style. OCLC lists 4 copies (Yeshiva, UCLA, Towson, Penn). Light wear to wraps, otherwise fresh. Great condition. (AMR-39-22) (ID #31416) $95.00.
  30.  

     

     

     

     

     

  31. Lewin, Benjamin Manasseh. OTSAR HA-GE'ONIM: TESHUVOT GE'ONE BAVEL U-FERUSHEHEM 'AL PI SEDER HA-TALMUD [13 VOLUME SET; COMPLETE]. Haifa; Jerusalem; Central Press, 1928-1943. Original Cloth. 8vo. Various paginations (approximately 2000 pages). 25 cm. First edition. First appearance. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Otzar ha-gaonim: thesaurus of the gaonic responsa and commentaries following the order of the Talmudic tractates. Complete thirteen volume set of Lewin's monumental Thesaurus of Gaonic Responsa. Contents: 1. Tractate Berakhoth. -2. Tractate Shabbath. -3. Tractate Pessachim. -4. Tractate Jom-tow, Chagiga and Maschkin. -5. Tractate Megila, Taanith and Rosh-hashana. -6. Tractate Yoma and Sukkah. -7. Tractat Yebamoth. -8. Tractate Ketubot. -9. Tractate Qiddushin. -10. Tractate Gittin. -11. Tractates Nedarim, Nazir and Sota. -12. Baba Kamma. -[13] Baba Metzia. Compiled by Benjamin Manasseh Lewin (1879–1944), “rabbinic scholar, educator, and authority on geonic literature... Lewin's major and pioneering work was in the field of geonic studies, in particular his Ozar ha-Ge'onim (13 vols.), an arrangement – with notes, references, and indexes – of geonic responsa and commentaries in the order of the Talmud tractates (to Bava Mezia). The material for this monumental work was scattered over many works and responsa collections, some retrieved from the Cairo Genizah treasures.” (EJ 2008) “Despite the state of disarray of Geonic literature, from 1928 to 1942, Dr. Benjamin M. Lewin self-published – on his own printing press – 12 volumes of Otzar Ha-Geonim, which he sub-titled 'Thesaurus of the Geonic Responsa and Commentaries following the order of the Talmudic Tractates'. Beginning with Berachot and ending – due to his untimely passing – with Bava Kamma, Lewin managed to achieve the impossible. His work did not end with his death: A partial volume to Bava Metsia was published posthumously and his personal hand-lists to tractates Bava Batra and Hullin were included in A. Kimmelman’s index to Geonic literature. Lewin, working alone and under financial stress, gleaned Geonic material from responsa collections, Geonic halachic works as well as newly published Genizah fragments. He divided (in most volumes) his compilations into two sections; ‘Responsa’ and ‘Commentary’, published parallel sources alongside one another in synoptic fashion, included footnotes of his own and from other scholars of his generation (e.g. Professors J. N. Epstein, S. Assaf, S. Lieberman and S. Abramson) and added detailed indices.” (Talmud Blog, Review by Yosaif Mordechai Dubovick). From the library of Rabbi Stanley Platek, with his bookstamp on endpage of each volume. Subjects: Responsa - To 1040. Geonic literature. Talmud – Commentaries. OCLC lists 14 copies of first edition. Light soiling to cloth and outer edges, very light wear; boards bowed; overall clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-14) (ID #32631) $425.00.
  32.  

     

    BIOGRAPHY

     

     

  33. Heinemann, Benno. THE MAGGID OF DUBNO AND HIS PARABLES.. New York, P. Feldheim, 1967.. Cloth, 8vo. Xvii, 283 pages. Wolf Kranz of Dubno, a.k.a the Dubner Maggid, was a Lithuanian preacher (maggid) possessed of great eloquence, who illustrated both his sermons and his homiletic commentaries with parables taken from human life. By such parables he explained the most difficult passages and cleared up many perplexing questions in rabbinical law. He was also an eminent rabbinical scholar, and on many occasions was consulted as an authority. SUBJECT(S): Jewish parables; Legends, Jewish. Light wear to jacket. Very Good condition in good jacket. (RAB-11-14A) (ID #32457) $30.00.
  34.  

     

     

     

     

     

  35. Harkavi, Tsevi. RABI SHEMU’EL STRASHUN MI-VILNA: BA’AL "HAGAHOT RASHASH" ‘AL KOL HA-SHAS, MISHNAYOT, MIDRASH RABAH. Yerushalayim; Ha-Sefarim Ha-Erets-Yisre’elit, 1957. Original Wraps. 8vo. 10 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. With frontispiece portrait. Biography of Rabbi Samuel Strashun of Vilna, the great scholar and book collector. Shemuel Strashun was a “Rabbinic scholar and public figures in nineteenth-century Vilna. Shemu’el Strashun (1793–1872) continued the Lithuanian style of scholarship that had been formulated by the Gaon of Vilna. Shemu’el’s son Matityahu (1817–1885) was a rabbi and a prominent maskil, biblical commentator, bibliographer, historian, and community organizer. Born in Zaskevich, Belorussia, Shemu’el ben Yosef Strashun acquired a general education in addition to his rabbinic studies. He was married to Sara, the daughter of David Strashun, and took her surname. In 1812, Strashun moved to Vilna with his extended family and studied at a bet midrash established by his father-in-law. In 1827 he himself belonged to a group of local scholars who established the short-lived Yeshivat ha-Arba‘im. As a scholar and researcher, Strashun’s most significant work was his Hagahot ha-Rashash ‘al Talmud Bavli on the Babylonian Talmud (first published as part of the 1864 edition of the Babylonian Talmud, then as an appendix to the 1885 edition), offering variant readings of the text.” (Yivo Encyclopedia) With bookstamp of Abraham I Katsh on endpage. Subjects: Jewish scholars - Lithuania - Vilnius - Biography. Strashun, Samuel ben Joseph, 1793 or 1794-1872. OCLC lists 5 copies. Light ageing and wear to wraps, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (EE-4-57) (ID #32224) $125.00.
  36.  

     

     

     

     

     

  37. Mandelbom, David Avraham. YESHIVAT HAKHME LUBLIN: HA-YESHIVAH U-MEYASDAH: MAHARAM SHAPIRA ZATSAL [TWO VOLUME SET]. Bene Berak; Ha-Makhon Le-Hotsaat Sefarim She-A. Y. Ha-Merkaz Le-Idud Mifale Tarbut U-Mehkarim Toraniyim Be-Yisrael, 1993. Hardback. 8vo. 383; 579 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Two Volumes. A history of the famous Yeshiva Hakhme in Lublin, as well as a biography of Rabbi Meir Shapira. Profusely illustrated throughout with facsimile letters, documents, and photographs of the building, Rabbi Shapira, and others. Yeshivat Hakhme Lublin (Yeshiva of the Sages of Lublin) was a large-scale modern institutional yeshiva in Lublin; the cornerstone of Yeshivat Hakhme Lublin was laid in 1924, and the doors were opened in 1930; Meir Shapira assumed the post of head of the yeshiva and rabbi of Lublin. The institution quickly took its place among the leading yeshivas at the time. “In 1930, thanks to Rabbi Me’ir Shapira and the generosity of Polish and world Jewry, Yeshivat Hakhme Lublin was opened, serving as a model for other educational religious institutions.” (YIVO Encyclopedia). In 2003 the building was returned to the Jewish community of Lublin; its renovated synagogue was reopened on February 11, 2007; under current plans, the first Museum of Hasidism in Europe will be located in the renovated building. Subjects: Yeshivas - Poland - Lublin. Rabbis - Poland - Lublin - Biography. Hasidim - Poland - Lublin - Biography. Shapira, Meir, 1887-1933.Yeshivat Hakhme Lublin. (Lublin, Poland). OCLC lists 21 copies. Very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (EE-5-33) (ID #32339) $75.00.
  38.  

     

     

     

     

     

  39. Agus, Irving Abraham. RABBI MEIR OF ROTHENBURG; HIS LIFE AND HIS WORKS AS SOURCES FOR THE RELIGIOUS, LEGAL, AND SOCIAL HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF GERMANY IN THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY [TWO VOLUMES IN ONE]. Philadelphia: Dropsie College, New York: Ktav Publishing House, 1970. Cloth, 8vo. Xxxiii, 749 pages. Complete in one volume. SUBJECT(S): Responsa; Responsa – 1040-1600; Jews – Germany; Meir ben Baruch, of Rothenberg, ca. 1215-1293. “Agus was born in Swislocz, Poland, and studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1926–27), and at Dropsie College (1937). He served as educational director in Memphis, Tenn. (1939–45), dean of the Harry Fischel Research School in Talmud (Jerusalem, 1947–49), and principal of the Akiba Academy in Philadelphia (1949–51). From 1951 he was professor of Jewish history at Yeshiva University. Using responsa literature as a primary historical source, Agus wrote extensively on Jewish life in the Middle Ages. Among his works are Rabbi Meir of Rothenburg (2 vols, 1947), describing Jewish life in 13th-century Germany, and Teshuvot Ba'alei ha-Tosafot, an edition of previously unpublished responsa by the Tosafists (1954). His later writings concentrated on Jewish communal life in pre-Crusade Europe, showing that the Franco-German Jews, though a small group, were able to preserve talmudic traditions by their great devotion to study and observance of Judaism. ”(Berkowitz, EJ) Endpage torn, hinges starting, otherwise very clean and fresh, very good condition. (RAB-57-7) (ID #32530) $95.00.
  40.  

     

     

     

     

     

  41. Talmage, Frank. DAVID KIMHI, THE MAN AND THE COMMENTARIES. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1975. Hardcover, 8vo, viii, 236 pages, map, 24 cm. Series: Harvard Judaic monographs, 1. SUBJECT (S): Oude Testament. Commentaren. Kimhi, David. Kimchi, Mordechai Ben-Isaak. History 1250-1350. Provence. Jews. Bible. Old Testament - Criticism, interpretation, etc, Jewish. Bible. A. T. -- Critique, interpretation. Includes indexes, bibliography. Very good condition +. (RAB-57-10) (ID #26041) $55.00.
  42.  

     

     

     

    RAMBAM

     

     

  43. Habermann, Abraham Meir; Moses Maimonides. MISHNAH 'IM PERUSH HA-RAMBAM [2 VOLUME SET]. Yerushalayim; Sifriyat Mekorot, 1969. Original Cloth. 4to. [392] leaves. 30 cm. Fascimile edition. Originally published Naples: Joshua Solomon Soncino and Joseph Ibn Piso, AM 5252 (1492 CE). In Hebrew. With new introduction by Habermann. Fascimile reproduction of the first printed edition of the complete Mishnah, the compilation of Oral Law codified in six sedarim (orders) by Judah the Prince ca. 200 CE. Maimonides (1135–1204) began writing his Commentary on the Mishnah, the earliest of his major writings, in his early twenties. Each order of the Mishnah is introduced with an extensive preface, and his general introduction relates the full history of the Oral Law and includes expositions on eschatology, the afterlife, ethics, and Jewish dogma. Two volume set: Volume 1. Zera'im, Mo'ed, Nashim - Volume 2. Nezikin, tohorot. Subjects: Mishnah – Commentaries. Maimonides. Fascimile. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-27) (ID #32579) $300.00.
  44.  

     

     

     

     

     

  45. Maimonides, Moses; Ezekiel Feivel Ben Ze’ev Wolf. MUSAR HASKEL:... HILKHOT DE’OT...HILKHOT TESHUVAH. Warsaw; Drukarni Bomberg, 1859. Later Cloth. 16mo. 89 leaves. 17 cm. In Hebrew. Censor's approbation on verso of titlepage. The ethical works ‘Hilkot De'ot’ and the ‘Hilkot Teshubah’ by Maimonides, with commentary by Ezekiel Feivel ben Ze’ev Wolf; a “Russian Talmudist and preacher; born at Polangen 1755; died at Wilna 1833. Early in life he filled the position of preacher in his native town, and later at Deretschin. He then traveled as a preacher through Germany and Hungary, and, after residing for some time at Breslau, returned to Polangen and devoted himself to literary work. In 1811 he was appointed preacher to the community of Wilna, which position he filled until his death. Ezekiel was the author of ‘Musar Haskel, ’ a commentary on Maimonides' ‘Yad, ’ De'ot and Teshubah (Dyhernfurth, 1790); and ‘Toledot Adam, ’ a biography of Rabbi Solomon Zelman ben Isaac, whom Ezekiel had met in the house of Elijah Wilna (ib. 1809-10).” (1906 JE). Printed on fine ragpaper, with decorative later endpages, and plain later brown cloth. Subjects: Ethics - Jewish. Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204 Hilkhot de’ot - Commentaries. Maimonidies, Moses, 1135-1204 Hilkhot teshuvah - Commentaries. No listings for this edition on OCLC. Light soiling to later cloth, light edge wear to margins, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (SPEC-36-31) (ID #31593) $120.00.
  46.  

     

     

     

     

     

  47. Efros, Israel and Louis Ginzberg. PHILOSOPHICAL TERMS IN THE MOREH NEBUKIM. New York, Columbia University Press, 1924. Hardcover, 8vo, xi, 157 pages, 24 cm. Series: Columbia University Oriental studies, volume 22. SUBJECT (S): Philosophy -- Terminology. Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Dalalat al-hairin. “Notes by Louis Ginzberg” on pages 129-144. "Works consulted" on pages ix-x. Efros (1891-1981) was a “Hebrew educator, poet, and scholar. Born in Ostrog, the Ukraine, he went to the United States in 1905. He served for a time as rabbi and in 1918 founded the Baltimore Hebrew College and the Teachers Training School. He was professor of Hebrew at Johns Hopkins University, rabbi of Temple Beth El in Buffalo, professor of Semitics at the University of Buffalo and Hunter College, N. Y. C, where he founded the Hebrew Division; in 1945 he was appointed professor of Jewish philosophy and modern Hebrew literature at Dropsie College, Philadelphia. Efros served as president of the Histadrut Ivrit of America. He settled in Israel in 1955 and served as rector of Tel Aviv University. In 1960 he was elected honorary president of the university. His works on Jewish philosophy include The Problem of Space in Jewish Medieval Philosophy, Philosophical Terms in the Moreh Nebukim, Judah Halevi as Poet and Thinker, Ha-Pilosofyah ha-Yehudit ha-Attikah, Ancient Jewish Philosophy: A Study in Metaphysics and Ethics, Studies in Medieval Jewish Philosophy, and studies on Saadiah Gaon and Abraham B. Hiyya. Among his volumes of poetry are Shirim; Vigvamim Shotekim, a poem about the American Indians with echoes of American epic poetry; Zahav about the California Gold Rush of 1849; Anahnu ha-Dor. A four-volume collection of his poetry was published in 1966. His spiritual world is rooted both in tradition and in critical philosophy; thus tension is felt in his poetry between the antipodes of feeling and cerebration. Efros’ diction is both poetic and precise. A pessimistic vision dominates his post-World War II works. Efros translated Shelley's poetry and Shakespeare's Hamlet and other works into Hebrew, and some of Bialik’s poetry into English. He also collaborated with Judah Even-Shmuel (Kaufman) and Benjamin N. Silkiner in compiling an English-Hebrew dictionary” (Berenbaum and Skolnik in EJ, 2007). Previous owner's mark on end page, light yellowing to edges of some pages. Otherwise, very good condition. (RAB-57-1) (ID #32462) xx $75.00.
  48.  

     

     

     

     

     

  49. Maimonides, Moses; Mordekhai Tamah. SEFER PE'ER HA-DOR. Lvov; Avraham Yehoshu'a Heshil Druker, 1859. Original Cloth. 8vo. [106] pages. 22 cm. Per hador; Teshuvot ha-Rambam. Responsa and letters of Maimonides, including letters to Samuel Ibn Tibbon and Joseph Ibn Aknin. With eulogies by M. R. H. Da Vega, D. Franco Mendes, and I. C. Belinfante. Reprint of the Responsa originally translated from the Arabic into Hebrew by Mordecai Tammah, and published at Amsterdam (1765) under the title "Pe'er ha-Dor.” The 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia mentions the present work as printed in Leipzig by L. Schnauss. “Manuscripts of medieval Sephardi classics, which until then had been hidden in private collections, were now brought to the printing press in order to be saved from oblivion. The first, and most prestigious, of these projects concerned the publication of a collection of Arabic responsa by Maimonides in Hebrew translation, proudly entitled Pe'er ha-dor (‘Glory of the Generation’, Amsterdam 1765) in a double allusion to the stature of both the Rambam and this new literary initiative. The Arabic manuscript that formed the basis of the publication had belonged to the estate of the late Iakham Jacob Sasportas (Oran 1610-Amsterdam 1698). In the introduction to the 1765 edition, his grandson states that he had always cherished the wish to see this obra tan sublimada translated into Hebrew, but that he had not seen this wish fulfilled until Mordecai Tamah, a scion of a rabbinic family in Jerusalem, had come to Amsterdam (where he stayed with Iakham Solomon Shalem) and offered to translate the Arabic correspondence en el Ydioma sagrado.” (Jewish Enlightenment Reconsidered: The Dutch Eighteenth Century. Irene Zwiep) Bound in original marbled boards, printed on rag paper. From the library of Rabbi Stanley Platek. Subjects: Responsa - To 1500. Maimonides. OCLC lists 7 copies. Boards previously rebacked in tape, light soiling to margins throughout, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-13) (ID #32630) $110.00.
  50.  

     

     

     

     

     

  51. Maimonides, Moses; Shelomo Morag; Yehudah Levi Nahum. SEDER MO'ED SHEL HA-MISHNAH: KETAV YAD BE-NUSAH TEMAN, 'IM PERUSH HA-RAMBAM BE-'ARVIT. Holon; Mif'al Hasifat Ginze Teman Be-Yisra'el, 1975. Publishers cloth. 4to. 27, 328 pages. 29 cm. Fascimile edition. In Hebrew. Added English title paage: Mishnah, Seder Mo'ed: ketav yad be-nusah Teman; Mishnah, order Mo'ed; a Yemenite manuscript. Manuscript contains Babylonian voacalization. Subjects: Mishnah. Mo'ed – Commentaries. Mishnah. Mo'ed - Manuscripts. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-31) (ID #32583) $50.00.
  52.  

     

     

     

     

     

  53. Blumenfield, Samuel M. MASTER OF TROYES; A STUDY OF RASHI, THE EDUCATOR.. New York: Behrman House, 1946. Cloth, 8vo. Xii, 208 pages. Selected bibliography, Hebrew text. 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). Possible inscription by author. Book plate. Pages slightly browning, chapped at edges. Otherwise good condition. (k-rab-3-14B) xx(ID #32456) $45.00.
  54.  

     

     

     

     

     

  55. Rashi; Abraham Frizol. SEFER JOB: 'IM BE'UR VE-TARGUM ASHKENAZI... GAM PE. RASHI... VE-TIKUNE MELITSOT T.U. MIN HA-TO. DAVID OTTENZOSE. Offebach; Bidd'fus Zevi Hirsch Uv'no Abraham Siegel Spitz, 1807. Original Cloth. 8vo. 159 leaves. 21 cm. In Hebrew. German translation transliterated in Hebrew characters, found in outer margins. Leaves numbered in Hebrew. The book of Job (Iyyov) with accompanying Judeo-German text and a prefatory commentary by Abraham ben Mordecai Farissol (1451-1525; Italian scholar and geographer) on the book of Job entitled "Hakdamah"; as well as Rashi's commentary. Printed at the Spitz press of Offenbach, established in 1767 when Hirsch Spitz of Pressburg (Bratislava) set up a Hebrew printing press in Offenbach; the press continued to operate until 1832, when competition from Roedelheim became too strong. Attractive type, printed on heavy ragpaper. Subjects: Bible. Job – Commentaries. Haskalah – Judeo-German. OCLC lists 7 copies. Backstrip absent, cloth and page edges lightly bumped, light soiling to endpages and margins, otherwise fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-7) (ID #32624) $150.00.
  56.  

     

    SAADIA

     

     

  57. Cohen, Boaz. SAADIA ANNIVERSARY VOLUME.. New York: The Amaerican Academy for Jewish Research, 1943.. Cloth. 8vo. 346 pages. Gilt titles; blind-stamped cover. First edition. In English and Hebrew. Includes index. 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. Inscribed "Bokser" (ie Baruch Bokser, the prior owner) . Some pencil markings, otherwise clean and fresh, very good condition. (RAB-3-6) (ID #17294) $50.00.
  58.  

     

     

     

     

     

  59. Malter, Henry. SAADIA GAON, HIS LIFE AND WORKS.. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1921.. Cloth, 8vo. 446 pages. SUBJECT(S): Sa'adia ben Joseph, 882-942. SERIES: The Morris Loeb series. Light foxing to outer edges, otherwise Very Good condition. (RAB-57-13) xx (ID #25988) $30.00.
  60.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  61. 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)xxx (ID #28764) $35.00.
  62.  

     

     

     

     

     

  63. Malter, Henry. SAADIA GAON, HIS LIFE AND WORKS.. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1921.. Cloth, 8vo. 446 pages. SUBJECT(S): Sa'adia ben Joseph, 882-942. SERIES: The Morris Loeb series. Hinges starting, repaired, Otherwise, Good condition. (RAB-57-13A) (ID #32550) $30.00.
  64.  

     

     

     

    RESPONSA

     

     

  65. Luria, Solomon Ben Jehiel. SEFER SHE'ELOT U-TESHUVOT RASHAL. Fyorda [Furth]: Be-Vet Hayim Ben Tsevi Hirsh, 1768. Later Cloth. 4to. [88] pages. 33 cm. In Hebrew. Illustrated title page. Printer's device on verso of title page and final page. Pages printed in double columns. First published Lublin, 1574. “The great Polish authority R. Solomon Luria (d. 1574), who, in a responsum on procedure where the kabbalah differs from the codes (Responsa Rashal [Fuerth, 1768], no. 98), boldly rejects the kabbalistic ruling and goes on to state that R. Simeon ben Yohai, the traditional author of the Zohar, is not followed in his legal decisions, so that even if he came back to earth, we would be obliged to ignore his rulings.” ('The Responsa of Rabbi Joseph Hayyim of Baghdad', Perspectives on Jews and Judaism: Essays in Honor of Wolfe Kelman; 1978). Solomon b. Jehiel Luria (Maharshal or Rashal): “Rabbi and author; born in Brest-Litovsk, Lithuania, 1510; died at Lublin Nov. 7, 1573. When still a youth his parents sent him to Posen, where he studied under the guidance of his grandfather Rabbi Isaac Klauberia. He left Posen in 1535, owing to an extensive fire which destroyed his grandfather's property. On his return to his native place he assiduously continued his studies. Here he married Lipka, daughter of Rabbi Kalonymus. After some time he was elected rabbi of Brest, and established a yeshibah there. About 1550 he received the appointment of rabbi and head of the yeshibah at Ostrog, and in 1555 he moved to Lublin, where he became head of the famous yeshibah.” (1906 JE) Bound in later half calf, with gilt title on spine, and marbled boards. Printed on heavy ragpaper. Subjects: Responsa - 1040-1600. Jewish law. Jews - Legal status, laws, etc. OCLC lists 14 copies of this edition. Edges lightly bumped, wormholing in margins throughout, with minor wormholes affecting text in a few spots, but overall well preserved. Good condition. (RAB-56-3) (ID #32620) $225.00.
  66.  

     

     

     

     

     

  67. Adret, Solomon Ben Abraham; Zeeb Wolf Wolfensohn; Shene'ur Zalman Shene'urzohn. SEFER HEMDAH GENUZAH: VE-HU TESHUVOT HA-GE'ONIM... GAM HOSAFNU... KUNTRES 1. ME-HIDUSHE HA-RASHBA LE-MAS. YEVAMOT... MI-KETAV YAD. Yerushalayim: Bi-Defus Y. Bek, 1863. Later cloth. 8vo. [76] pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Hemdah Genuzah, A collection of Gaonic Responsa from manuscripts. With the addition of Chidushei HaRashba that had not yet been printed. Novellae of Ha-Rashba (Shlomo Ben Aderet) to Masechet Yevamot from his Mahadura Batra, from a manuscript that was never printed. Brought to print by Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Wolfensohn and Rabbi Shneur Zalman Schneersohn (Shneur Zalman of Liady). Jerusalem, Yisrael Bak printing. Attractive woodcut print on verso of title page. Sh. Halevi 82. Vinograd, Jerusalem, 119. “Solomon Ben Abraham Adret (RaSHBa): Spanish rabbi; born in 1235 at Barcelona; died in 1310. As a rabbinical authority hisfame was such that he was designated as El Rab d'España ('The Rabbi of Spain').” (1906 JE). From the library of Rabbi Stanley Platek, with his bookplate on endpage. Subjects: Responsa - To 1040. Geonic literature. Talmud Bavli. Yevamot - Hiddushim - 13th century. Talmud. Yevamot - Commentaries. Teshuvot ha-Ge'onim; Hemdah genuzah. OCLC lists 22 copies. Light wear to cloth, title page and last page soiled in inner margin, overall very clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-56-21) (ID #32638) $325.00.
  68.  

     

     

     

     

     

  69. Yehudai Ben Nahman; Shlomo Zalman Hayim Halberstam; Leon Schlosberg. HALAKHOT PESUKOT, O, HALAKHOT RAU. Versailles: Defus Serf U-Veno, 1886. Original Cloth. 8vo. X, 148 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. 'Halakhot Pesukot' of Yehuda ben Nahman (Yehudai Gaon) “Gaon of Sura from 760 to 764 … best known as the author of halahot, which are quoted under the titles of: 'Halakot de-R. Yehudai Gaon, ' 'Halakot Pesukot' or 'Hilkot Re'u, ' 'Halakot Ketu'ot, ' and 'Halakot Kezubot' or 'Halakot Ketannot'... A collection of legal decisions (halakot), mainly in Aramaic, which first appeared in Yehudai's short responsa or were taken down from his lectures by his pupils and probably arranged by them later. … Yehudai's halakot were translated from Aramaic into Hebrew, including even the Aramaic quotations from the Talmud. This translation has been preserved in an Oxford manuscript under the original title 'Halakot Pesukot, ' being also known, according to the first word of the text, as 'Hilkot Re'u'; and it was published by A. L. Schlossberg, Versailles, 1886. It was probably made in a Greek-speaking country, as Halberstam showed in his introductory letter to Schlossberg's edition, and was brought thence to Babylonia. A very great part of it, however, is taken from the 'Halakot Gedolot' in an abridged form.” (1906 EJ) Subjects: Jewish law - Early works to 1800. Geonic literature. Pages aged, lightly brittle at edges, binding lightly shaken, front hinge starting, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-23) (ID #32640) $225.00.
  70.  

     

     

     

     

     

  71. 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. (SEF-44-35) (ID #28439) $35.00.
  72.  

     

    ETHICS

     

     

  73. Goldberg, Hillel. THE FIRE WITHIN: THE LIVING HERITAGE OF THE MUSAR MOVEMENT. Brooklyn, N. Y.; Mesorah Publications, 1987. Softbound. 8vo. IV, 194 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Biographies, anecdotes, and teachings, of the leaders of the Musar Movement. Subjects: Musar movement - History. Rabbis - Biography. Lipkin, Yisrael ben Zeev Wolf - Biography. Finkel, Natan Tzvi ben Moshe. Ziv, Simcha Zissel. Horowitz, Yoseph Yozel ben Shlomo Zalmen. Shelf wear to wraps, otherwise clean. Good + condition. (EE-4-59) (ID #32227) $30.00.
  74.  

     

     

     

     

     

  75. Wishnewitz, David Aaron. SEFER IMRE DA’AT. New York; A. H. Rosenberg, 1914. Wrappers, Original paper wrappers. 8vo. [2], 24, 10 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, Yiddish, and English. Added English title page: Pearls of the Talmud and Medrash. “This volume of mussar, in Yiddish, Hebrew and English, contains adaptations from Midrash and aggadah. While many of Wishnewitz’s contemporaries bemoaned the rampant Sabbath desecration and non-observance that existed in America, he believed that ‘without a doubt shortly America will become a place of Torah. They will observe the Sabbath … and they will establish many Talmud Torahs and the young students will be educated and they will observe [the Sabbath]. The rest depends on God and it is our obligation only to do what we can to strengthen ourselves, our children, and our children’s children’ (p. 15). He also asserted that America would be the final country in which the Jews would live prior to being restored to the Land of Israel (p. 14). (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry #764). Wishnewitz (1866-1930/8) was born in Kovno, a rabbi in Krekenava, and immigrated to South Africa in 1896; he died in Palestine. This volume was later translated into English and printed in Jerusalem in 1930 under the title ‘Precious Pearls’. Subjects: Talmud Bavli - Commentaries. OCLC lists two copies (Natl Libr Israel, HUC). Wraps reinforced with paper; light soiling to wraps, otherwise fresh and clean. Very Good condition. (AMR-44-18) Xx (ID #31556) $100.00.
  76.  

     

     

     

     

     

  77. Eckman, Lester Samuel. THE HISTORY OF THE MUSAR MOVEMENT, 1840-1945. New York; Shengold Publishers, 1975. Publishers cloth. 8vo. 174 pages. 25 cm. First edition. “This book attempts to determine the impact of the Mussar Movement, with emphasis on Rabbi Israel Salanter and his key disciples on the moral, spiritual, educational, social, and political life of the Jews in light of Jewish and Eastern European history of the time. Dr. Eckman has presented well the Mussar Movement which offers a legacy of great personalities, significant contributions, noble deeds, and great works of rabbinic and ethical literature. It is a work of paramount importance and relevant for our times.” (Publishers Description). The Musar Movement was an “Educational movement and ethical program designed to promote and develop the teachings and practices introduced by Yisra’el Lipkin (Salanter; 1810–1883). Salanter’s broad notions for reinvigorating Jewish society gave way at the hands of his disciples to programs of educational reform within the circumscribed though culturally significant ambit of Lithuanian yeshivas, while his ideas gradually underwent dramatic reinterpretation and revision.” (YIVO Encyclopedia). Subjects: Musar movement - History. Mouvement musar - Histoire. Mussar-Bewegung. Clean and fresh in good jacket. Very good condition. (EE-4-58) xx (ID #32225) $30.00.
  78.  

     

     

     

     

     

  79. Aboab, R. Isaak. translated & edited by S. Bamberger. DER LICHTSPENDENDE LEUCHTER: EINE SAMMLUNG DER JÜDISCHEN ETHIK AUS BIBEL UND TALMUD. Hamburg, Verlag Von George Kramer (Hebraische Buchhandlung), 1920. 1st Edition Thus. Cloth, 8vo; vii, 544 pages. Cover features gilded lettering and Menorah illustration. "A summary of Jewish Ethics from the Bible and Talmud." Jewish Talmudic scholar Isaac Aboab (end of the 14th century, Spain) was also also known by the pen name Menorat ha-Maor, after the third of three books he authored. The book has contributed probably more than any other medieval book to the popularization of rabbinical lore in the Middle Ages: it groups together the rich Hagaddah material divided (lik the Menorah) into seven sections, each of which bears the title of Ner or "Lamp.” Translated into German by S. Bamberger. Somewhat scarce. Paper browning but solid, hinges a bit shaken but still good, Good condition overall. (RAB-54-27) (ID #7967) $75.00.
  80.  

     

     

     

     

     

  81. Jedaiah Ben Abraham Bedersi; Tobias Goodman. BEHINOT OLAM: AN INVESTIGATION OF CAUSES ARISING FROM THE ORGANIZATION OF THE WORLD, IN WHICH MAN IS PARTICULARLY INTERESTED.. London, L. Alexander, 1806. Cloth. 12mo. 73 pages. In English and Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Jewish Ethics. Pages 64 - 73 in facsimile. OCLC lists 12 copies worldwide. Later paper-wrappers. Some staining to pages Overall in very good condition. (BIBLE-12-14) (ID #30165) $35.00.
  82.  

     

     

     

     

     

  83. Mordekhai Ben Shemu'el, A. B. D. Di-K. K. Vyelkotsh; Benjamin Broido. SEFER SHA'AR HA-MELEKH:...MA'YAN HA-MUSAR VEHA-TOKHAHHAH. Horodno; Simhah Zimal, 1816. Original Cloth. 8vo. [256] pages. 22 cm. In Hebrew. Sha’ar ha-melekh (Gate of Kings). Two volumes in one. Volume 2 has separate title page. Printed on rag paper. The author, Mordechai, son of Shmuel, from Kutno, was the rabbi of Vilkutch (Wielkie Oczy), and was widely known for his religious treatise Sha’ar ha-melekh, a popular ethical work. Introduction written by the famous Chassidic Rebbe Binyamin Braudo (Broda) (died 1818, aged 73), the last rabbi of Grodno, the office then being abolished, as was the case in Wilna, as a result of quarrels between two factions of the community. The publisher, Simhah Zimel, later entered into partnership with Romm of Vilna, and the earliest Romm editions state Wilna-Grodno, prior to the expansion of the Romm enterprise solely in Vilna. Subjects: Ethics, Jewish - 1750-1945. Fasts and feasts - Judaism. OCLC lists 7 copies. First four leaves previously repaired, backstrip previously repaired with tape. Pages lightly aged and soiled, corners bumped, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-19) (ID #32636) $200.00.
  84.  

     

    COMMENTARIES AND RELATED

     

     

  85. Adret, Solomon Ben Abraham; Abraham Schreiber. HIDUSHE HA-RASHBA 'AL MASEKHET SHAVU'OT: MAHADURAH HADASHAH A.P. KETAV YAD HA-MAKHIL ME'OT SHINUYIM HASHUVIM. NITOSFU BAH YOTER MI-HAMISHIM DIBURIM HADASHIM SHE-LO RA'U OR 'AD 'ATA, U-SHELOSHIM DIBURIM... SHE-HOVAHU BA-SEFER... "SHUT. HIDUSHE HA-RAV". Yerushalayim; No Publisher, 1964. Original Cloth. 8vo. 168 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Hidushei ha-Rashba on the treatise Shebuoth. New edition published from an ancient manuscript with notes by Abraham Sofer. Glossary of Rashba's from manuscript 01932 at the library of the JTS; the author notes errors and distortions in the first printed edition from Saloniki, 1712. “Solomon ben Abraham Adret (known from his initials as RaShBa, Rav Shlomo Ben Abraham; c. 1235–c. 1310), Spanish rabbi and one of the foremost Jewish scholars of his time, whose influence has remained to this day.” (EJ 2008) “Avraham Sofer-Schreiber (1897–1982), the son of the Erlau rabbi, was a prolific author who, although a scrupulously observant Jew, did not fit smoothly into the family’s Orthodox legacy. He served from 1948 to 1966 on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. From the 1930s on, he dedicated himself to preparing critical editions of the writings of medieval Talmudists” (Yivo Encyclopedia; Sofer Family) Subjects: Talmud. Shevu'ot – Commentaries. OCLC lists 26 copies. Light wear to cloth, previous owners notes on first endpage only, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-55) (ID #32611) $30.00.
  86.  

     

     

     

     

     

  87. William Henry, Lowe. THE FRAGMENT OF TALMUD BABLI PESACHIM OF THE NINTH OR TENTH CENTURY, IN THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY, CAMBRIDGE. Cambridge; Deighton, Bell, 1879. Publishers Cloth. 4to. XI, 100, [8] Pages. 33 cm. First edition. In English, with fascimile and added title page in Hebrew. Edited, with notes and an autotype facsimile, by W. H. Lowe. “In the [earliest manuscript of the Babli] editions the Babylonian Talmud is so arranged that each paragraph of the Mishnah is followed by the portion of the Talmud which forms the commentary on it; the portions are frequently divided into sections, rubricked by the successive sentences of the mishnaic paragraph on which they are based, although an entire paragraph occasionally serves as a single text. … A fragment of considerable length in the Cambridge Library, and possibly the earliest extant manuscript of Babli, also contains the treatise Pesahim; it has been edited by Lowe ('The Fragment of Talmud Babli of the Ninth or Tenth Century, ' Cambridge, 1879); and in its four folios it includes the text of fols. 7a, below -9a, middle, and 13a, below -16a, above, of the editions. The pages are divided into two columns; and the entire mishnaic text precedes the chapter; the several sections, even those beginning with a new paragraph of the Mishnah, have an introduction only in the case of the first word of the mishnaic passage in question” (1906 JE). Subjects: Talmud. Pesahim - Commentaries. Fascimiles. Light wear to cloth at edges, some minor tear to cloth backstrip; internally, light soiling to a few margins, and a few bumped edges. Otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-55-1) (ID #32617) $125.00.
  88.  

     

     

     

     

     

  89. Lowe, William Henry. HA-MISHNAH ASHER 'ALEHA NOSAD HA-TALMUD HA-YERUSHALMI ME-RESHITA VE-'AD SOFAH: HE'ETAKTIHA MI-KETAV YAD... VE-HOTSETIHA 'IM HE'AROT ME'ATOT U-KETSAROT … [TWO VOLUME SET]. Cambridge; Cambridge at The University Press, Yerushalayim, 1966. Original cloth. 8vo. [500] pages. 25 cm. Fascimile reprint of 1883 edition. In Hebrew. Two volume set. Mishnah on which the Palestinian Talmud rests, by the noted late nineteenth century christian hebraist William H. Lowe. Cover title: ha-Mishnah 'al-pi ketav-yad kaimbrig'. Half title: Matnita de-Talmuda di-vene ma'arava. Nidpas me-hadash be-mahadurat tsilum metsumtsemet. Yerushalayim, 727 [1966 or 7]. Added title page: The Mishnah on which the Palestinian Talmud rests. Edited for the Syndics of the University Press from the unique ms. Reserved in the University Library of Cambridge, Add.470.1 by W. H. Lowe. Subjects: Mishnah – Commentaries. OCLC lists 22 copies of reprint edition. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (RAB-55-21) (ID #32573) $125.00.
  90.  

     

     

     

     

     

  91. Kolin, Samuel Ben Nathan, Ha-Levi. SEFER MAHATSIT HA-SHEKEL. [Poritsk; Bi-Defus Shelomoh Ben Hanina], [1815-1819]. Original boards. Folio. [302; 216] pages. 40 cm. Second edition. Two volumes in one, bound together. Both title pages are partly printed in red ink. Commentary on the Magen Avraham and Shulhan 'Aruk by Samuel Neta HaLevi of Kolin. “Samuel Low (called also Samuel Kollin, or Kelin) was a Talmudist; son of Nate ( = Nathan) ha-Levi; born at Kolin, Bohemia, about 1720; died May 20, 1806, at Boskowitz, Moravia, where for nearly sixty years he had presided over a yeshibah. He wrote: ‘Mahazit ha-Shekel, ’ an extensive subcommentary on Abraham Abele Gombiner's ‘Magen Abraham’ on Shulhan 'Aruk, Orah Hayyim (Vienna, 1807-8; 2d ed. 1817; several times reprinted). (EJ 1906) An attractive edition, printed on fine ragpaper. Subjects: Gombiner, Abraham Abele ben Hayyim, ha-Levi, 1637-1683. Magen Avraham - Commentaries. Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Orah hayim - Commentaries. Previously repaired along edges of title page and edges of last few pages, light soiling to outer edges, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (SPEC-36-25) (ID #31587) $200.00.
  92.  

     

     

     

     

     

  93. Sever, Mosheh. MIKHLOL HA-MA’AMARIM VEHA-PITGAMIM: YALKUT KOLEL U-MADRIKH LI-MEKOROT HA-TALMUDIM, HA-MIDRASHIM, HA-KABALAH, HA-SHIRAH VEHE-HAGUT; ‘IM HE’AROT, BE’URIM U-MAFTEHOT [THREE VOLUME SET]. Jerusalem; Mosad Ha-Rav Kuk, 1976. (FT) Publishers cloth. 8vo. 12, 1908 pages. 25 cm. Second edition. Three Volumes; bound in blue cloth with gilt title. In Hebrew. Title roughly translates as: “Compilation of articles and aphorisms; including a guide to sources of the Talmud, the Midrashim, and Kabbalah, with commentary and annotations.” Extensive three volume reference work of quotations from sefer kodesh. Subjects: Judaism - Quotations, maxims, etc. Talmud - Quotations. OCLC lists 68 copies. Light wear to covers, pages lightly aged; otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (BIBLIOG-29-12) (ID #30004) $50.00.
  94.  

     

     

     

     

     

  95. Abramson, Shraga. MASEKHET 'AVODAH ZARAH: KETAV YAD BET HA-MIDRASH LE-RABANIM BE-NYU YORK. Nyu York; Bet Ha-Midrash Le-Rabanim, 1957. Original Cloth. 4to. XXXVI, 248 pages. 32 cm. First edition. Fascimile reprint of Tractate 'Abodah Zarah of the Babylonian Talmud: Manuscript: Jewish Theological Seminary of America. “Only a handful of complete manuscript copies of individual talmudic tractates have survived the vicissitudes of Jewish life in the Middle Ages. This manuscript of Avodah Zarah from Ubeda, in southern Spain, is the oldest extant copy of this tractate and among the oldest complete Talmud tractates in the world. As with most Hebrew manuscripts, this text was copied by an individual for personal use. A colophon at the end of the tractate informs us that it was completed in the year 1290 in Ubeda, Spain by Shelomo ben Shaul ben-Albagli. This may be the same Shelomo ben-Albagli mentioned in the responsa of Rabbenu Asher. According to the text, Albagli copied this manuscript from two earlier manuscripts, one of which was written in the year 807 c. E, directly linking this volume to the geonic tradition of Babylonia and the very earliest examples of written texts of the Talmud. The importance of this particular manuscript is further magnified by its Spanish origin. Manuscripts from the Iberian Peninsula have long been deemed textually superior to their Italian and northern European counterparts. The recensions of the talmudic text found in these Spanish manuscripts are believed to more accurately reflect the Talmud as it was expounded in the Babylonian academies. The tradition of the superiority of Spanish manuscripts is lengthy and may be traced back to the time of Natronai ben Óavivai in the eighth century. Following a bitter dispute in 771 c. E. And the appointment of a rival exilarch (leader of the Babylonian Jewish community), Natronai departed Babylonia for Spain, where it is claimed that he wrote the entire Talmud from memory, exactly as it had been recorded in Babylonia. The story of Natronai ben Óavivai is sometimes contrasted with a legend told of Natronai ben Hilai of the following century, who is reputed to have used mystical means to instantaneously transport himself from Babylonia to Spain to teach the Spanish Jews the correct talmudic texts and then, just as mysteriously, return. By the end of the tenth century, Spanish Jews had gone beyond merely claiming a link to the Babylonian academies; they in fact supplanted them. The legend of the 'Four Captives, ' told in Abraham ibn Daud’s Sefer ha-Kabbalah, tells of how, around the year 990 c. E, four great Babylonian rabbis formed new seats of learning in Spain and North Africa. Ibn Daud presumably wanted to demonstrate the historical fact of the disintegration of the spiritual center in Babylonia, its gradual removal to Spain from the beginning of the tenth century, and the end of the dependence of the Spanish rabbis on Babylonia. The tractate Avodah Zarah deals primarily with issues of idolatry. With language that hearkened back to a time when most non-Jews were idolaters, the tractate often suffered censorship and expurgation and often necessitated the issuance of apologetic declarations to the effect that the statements in the tractate were directed only against the nations of antiquity.” (Printing the Talmud; pg. 184) Subjects: Talmud – Avodah Zarah – Commentaries. Fascimile. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-2) Xx (ID #32553) $70.00.
  96.  

     

     

     

     

     

  97. Nissim Ben Reuben Gerondi; L A Feldman. PERUSH 'AL HA-TORAH. Yerushalayim; Mekhon Shalom, 1968. Original Cloth. 8vo. 92, 297, VIII pages. 25 cm. Edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Commentary on the Bible; Edited for the first time from medieval manuscripts with explanatory notes and comments. On Genesis I-XXIII only. “Nissim ben Reuben Gerondi (known from the acronym of Rabbenu Nissim as the RaN; ? 1310–? 1375), one of the most important Spanish talmudists. … Only 77 of Nissim's responsa are extant (Rome, 1545; Constantinople, 1548 from a different manuscript; and thereafter in many editions); also a book of 12 sermons (Constantinople 1533 and frequently thereafter), of a decidedly anti-philosophical character, though written in the style of philosophical literature; and a commentary on the Pentateuch of which the section on Genesis has been published (1968). The publication of the commentary to the Pentateuch has removed the few doubts that remained among some scholars as to whether Nissim is the RaN of the book of sermons ascribed to him or whether they were perhaps written by the other scholar of the same name. Discernible in both these works is Nissim's strong desire to prove the superiority of prophecy and Bible over philosophy, and thereby to strengthen the people's faith and their spiritual ability to bear up during the difficult periods of persecution and polemics of those times. He also wrote piyyutim and poems, some of which have been preserved and published.” (EJ 2008) Edited by Dr. Leon A Feldman (1921-2008), distinguished professor of Hebraic studies and founder of the Department of Hebraic Studies at Rutgers University. Subjects: Bible. Genesis I-XXIII - Commentaries. Bible. Pentateuch - Commentaries. Light soiling to cloth, light edge wear, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-55-57) (ID #32613) $125.00.
  98.  

     

     

     

     

     

  99. Isaiah Ben Mali, Di Trani; Nahman Nathan Coronel. BET NATAN: SHINUI NUSHA'OT BE-MASEKHET BERAKHOT MI-TALMUD BAVLI UVE-SOFO PISKE YESHAYAH MI-TRANI HA-RISHON. Vienna; Gedruckt Bei A. Della Torre, 1854. Later Cloth. 4to. [16; 112] pages. 26 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. With added Latin title page: Beth Nathan; Sive, Lectiones varias tractatus Berachoth...et decisiones Jesaiae di Trani. "Bet Natan" (The House of Nathan), containing a varied version of Berakot, MSS. Of Cairo, and decisions by Isaiah di Trani, the elder, with an introduction by Coronel (Vienna, 1854). Nahman Nathan Coronel was a “Palestinian scholar of Sephardic-Ashkenazic parentage; born at Amsterdam 1810; died at Jerusalem Aug. 6, 1890. His teacher was R. Abraham Susan. In 1830 he emigrated to Safed, Palestine, where he married, afterward settling in Jerusalem.” (1906 JE) Major contributions on Berakot from Isaiah ben Mali di Trani (known as RID), a “prominent Italian Talmudist; born about 1180. He originated in Trani, an ancient settlement of Jewish scholarship, and lived probably in Venice. He died about 1250.” (1906 JE). Vinograd Vienna 991. Roest 287. Rebacked in modern green cloth, with gilt inlay on cover. From the library of Rabbi Stanley Platek, with his bookplate on endpage. Subjects: Talmud. Berakhot - Criticism, Textual. Title page previously repaired, light soiling throughout, overall very fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-56-22) (ID #32639) $110.00.
  100.  

     

     

     

     

     

  101. Kimhi, David; Michael Celniker. PERUSH RADAK ‘AL SEFER SHOFTIM: ’A. P. KITVE YAD SHONIM VEHA-DEFUSIM HA-RISHONIM ‘IM HILUFE NUSHA’OT U-MAR’EH MEKOMOT VE-NISPEHE HOSAFOT LA-PERUSH HA-NIMTSA’OT BE-KH. Y. UVA-DEFUSIM. Toronto; Rabbi Dr. M. Celniker Book Committee, 1983. Original Cloth. 8vo. 269, cxxxiv pages. 24 cm. First edition. Text of Kimhi's commentary and critical apparatus in Hebrew; introduction and explanatory matter in English. Added title page: The Commentary of Rabbi David Kimhi on the Book of Judges. Originally presented as a thesis (Ph. D.) to the University of Toronto. Subjects: Bible. O. T. Judges - Commentaries. Bible.; O. T.; Judges.; Hebrew.; 1983.; Commentary of Rabbi David Kimhi on the Book of Judges. New Condition. (JTS-2-9) (ID #31024) $30.00.
  102.  

     

     

     

     

     

  103. Issachar Berman Ben Naphtali Ha-Kohen. MIDRASH RABAH... IM PERUSH MATNOT KEHUNAH [FOUR VOLUME SET OF FIVE; INCOMPLETE; SEFER VAYIKRA (LEVITICUS) ABSENT]. Lemberg; [Publisher Not Identified], 1858-1859. Original tooled calf. 8vo. 324; 200; 247; 74, 56 leaves. 23 cm. In Hebrew. Matnot Kehunah, commentary on Midrash Rabah, volumes Sefer Bereshit, Sefer Shemot, Sefer Bamidbar, and Sefer Devarim; (Commentary on Sefer Vayikra absent). Incomplete set of four volumes only, of 5. Sefer Devarim lists printer as Zolkiew, B. Lorje & L. Mattfes. Matnot Kehunah of Issachar ben Naphtali ha-Kohen (Baer Ashkenazi): “Polish commentator on Bible and Midrash; lived in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Though the foremost of all Midrash commentators, the only fact known about him is that he lived in Szczebrzescin. It is also certain that he died in this place (after 1608), and not, as is maintained by all scholars from Conforte to Zunz, in Hebron. Ashkenazi is the author of 'Mattanot Kehunnah' (Priests' Gifts), Cracow, 1586; revised edition, Cracow, 1608; and in most editions of the Midrash Rabbah. Ashkenazi's great merit lies in the fact that he was the first and almost the sole commentator of the Midrash Rabbah (on the Pentateuch and the five Megillot) who combined extensive knowledge of the subject with sound critical judgment. He considered it of primary importance to render the Midrash text as correct as possible. The material upon which he applied his critical acumen consisted not alone of the texts that had been printed up to that time, but also of a number of manuscripts. Thus, he had three different manuscripts of the Jerusalem Talmud, one of which was provided with vowels. Ashkenazi also cites Midrashim on Isaiah, Job, and the minor prophets, of which nothing further is known, but which probably came from the Yalkut Makiri. Moreover, he availed himself of a text of the 'Aruk essentially differing from the usual one.” (1906 JE). Printed on ragpaper, with printers mark on last page of each volume. Subjects: Bible. O. T. Pentateuch - Commentaries. Midrash rabbah - Commentaries. OCLC lists 4 copies worldwide (JTS, Fuller Theological Seminary, Brandeis, Harvard). Backstrip absent or heavily rubbed on each volume, calf rubbed, with bumped edges, front boards shaken, internally lightly soiled, but clean and fresh. Fair condition. (Heb-35-7) (ID #32546) $400.00.
  104.  

     

     

     

     

     

  105. Rashi; Manfred R. Lehman. PERUSH RASHI 'AL HA-TORAH: HUMASH SHEMOT, VA-YIKRA U-VA-MIDBAR. Nyu-York; Hotsa'at Keren Menasheh Ve-Sarah Lehman, 1981. Original Cloth. 8vo. 39, 231, VII pages. 25 cm. First edition. With 8 pages of plates. In Hebrew. Added English title page: The commentary of Rashi on the Pentateuch. "Critical edition based on a Yemenite manuscript written in c.1440, and medieval fragments from Germany, Spain, Provence and Italy. Comparisons and listings of variants, fully annotated, based on the first printed edition (Reggio de Calabria, 1475), Berliner's edition and Sefer ha-Zikkaron.” Subjects: Rashi, 1040-1105. Perush Rashi `al ha-Torah. Bible. Pentateuch - Commentaries. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-59) (ID #32615) $95.00.
  106.  

     

     

     

     

     

  107. (Abrahams, Israel) Kohut, George Alexander, editor. PESIKTA DE-RAV KAHANA: 'AL PI KETAV YAD OKSFORD: VE-SHINUYE NUSHA'OT MI-KOL KITVE HA-YAD U-SERIDE HA-GENIZAH: 'IM PERUSH U-MAVO [TWO VOLUME SET]. Nuyork; Bet Ha-Midrash Le-Rabanim Sheba-Amerikah, 1962. Original Cloth. 4to. 31, 529, XXI pages. 26 cm. First edition. Two volumes. In Hebrew, with introduction in English and added English title page: Pesikta de Rav Kahana; according to an Oxford manuscript with variants from all known manuscripts and genizoth fragments and parallel passages with commentary and introduction. “Pesikta de-Rav Kahana, one of the oldest of the homiletic Midrashim. The word pesikta means 'the section' or 'the portion. ' The Pesikta de-Rav Kahana contains homilies on portions of the Torah and haftarah readings for the festivals and special Sabbaths.” (EJ 2008) Rabbi Mandelbaum's major scholarly work, a critical edition of the ''Pesikta de Rav Kahana, '' a work of biblical interpretation dating to the Fifth Century, which was published by the seminary in 1962. Bernard Mandelbaum (1922–2001), “U. S. Rabbi, educator, community leader, administrator. Mandelbaum spent the better part of his professional life as one of the most important figures in the Conservative movement in the 20th century.” (EJ 2008) Subjects: Pesikta de-Rav Kahana - Commentaries. Pesikta de-Rav Kahana - Criticism, Textual. Light shelf wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-48) (ID #32603) $100.00.
  108.  

     

     

     

     

     

  109. Meiri, Menahem Ben Solomon, 1249-1306; Abraham Schreiber. BET HA-BEHIRAH 'AL MASEKHET BAVA BATRA. New York; Hadar Linotyping, 1956. Original Cloth. 4to. XVI, 733 pages. 26 cm. First edition. Added English title page: Beth ha-behirah on the tractate Baba bathra; composed by Rabbi Menahem ben Solomon, Ha-Meiri, XIII Century of Perpignan. Edited for the first time from a unique manuscript in the Palatine Library of Parma. With references and notes by Abraham Schreiber. “Avraham Sofer-Schreiber (1897–1982), the son of the Erlau rabbi, was a prolific author who, although a scrupulously observant Jew, did not fit smoothly into the family’s Orthodox legacy. He served from 1948 to 1966 on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. From the 1930s on, he dedicated himself to preparing critical editions of the writings of medieval Talmudists, most prominently the voluminous commentary of Menahem 'ha-Me’iri' of Perpignan.” (YIVO Encyclopedia; Sofer Family). Meiri's chief work is the gigantic Beit ha-Behirah on the Talmud, in which he was engaged from 1287 to 1300. In it he summarizes the subject matter of the Talmud, giving both the meaning and the halakhah derived from it. It follows the order of the Mishnah. The work covers the orders of Mo'ed, Nashim, and Nizikin, and the tractates, Berakhot, Hallah, Hullin, Niddah, Tamid, Middot, and Mikva'ot. Beit ha-Behirah has been republished almost in its entirety in recent years from a single complete manuscript (Parma). Of particular interest is the introduction to his commentary on Avot, in which he gives the chain of tradition of Torah study from its outset to his own time. It contains valuable material for the knowledge of the history of Torah study in Spain and Provence, and was copied out in full and completed (updated) to his own time by Isaac Lattes in his Sha'arei Ziyyon (ed. By S. Buber, 1885). In addition to Beit ha-Behirah, Meiri wrote commentaries on the Talmud which were expository rather than halakhic in orientation. Although the manuscripts in this group of a number of tractates are still extant, none has been published, except for the commentary to Avot and the Beit ha-Behirah to the tractate, Bezah, which apparently belong to this group. Meiri was one of the few rabbis of his time to make extensive use of the Jerusalem Talmud in order to clarify the parallel discussions in the Babylonian Talmud, and his works are therefore of added importance for research on the Jerusalem Talmud and its variant readings. Meiri's style contributes much to the lucidity of his presentation. His Hebrew is accurate, precise, and simple. In addition, he succeeded in finding the golden mean between the generally contradictory aims of expository comprehensiveness and halakhic definitiveness. These features endeared the Beit ha-Behirah to scholars and its volumes are now repeatedly republished in spite of their great length. Subjects: Talmud. Bava batra – Commentaries. OCLC lists 25 copies. Contains the bookstamp of Rabbi Stanley Platek. Cloth and outer edges lightly soiled, internally clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-55-49) (ID #32604) $100.00.
  110.  

     

     

     

     

     

  111. Aboab, Isaac. ZEH HA-SEFER NIKRA NEHAR PISHON: DERUSHIM LE-VAER MAAMARIM MEHA-TALMUD GAM LE-VAER KETSAT PARSHIYAT HA-TORAH GAM ME-NEVIIM GAM ME-KETUVIM. Zolkva; Nidpas Etsel Gershon Ben Ze'ev Volf, 1805. Later Cloth. 8vo. [120] pages. 23 cm. In Hebrew. Nehar Pishon, homilies on the Pentateuch and other biblical books; by Isaac Aboab, a “Spanish Bible commentator; born at Toledo in 1433; died in January, 1493. He was the pupil and successor of Isaac Campanton, and was called 'the last gaon of Castile. ' After Ferdinand and Isabella issued the decree of expulsion in 1492, he with thirty others of the most respected Jews of the land went to Lisbon in order to negotiate with King John II. Of Portugal for the reception of his banished coreligionists. He and his companions were allowed to settle under favorable conditions in Porto. He died a few months after the expulsion. His disciple, the chronicler and mathematician Abraham Zacuto, delivered his funeral address. Many of Aboab's disciples attained to great distinction. Of his works the following have appeared in print: 'Nehar Pishon, ' a collection of sermons, Constantinople, 1538; A Supercommentary to Nahmanides' Pentateuch-Commentary, Constantinople, 1525; Venice, 1548, etc. A supercommentary to the commentary of Rashi on the Pentateuch and a number of rabbinical decisions exist in manuscript.” (1906 JE). Vinograd; Zolkiew 678. Printed on rag paper, rebound in later cloth. With the bookstamp of Rabbi Stanley Platek on endpage. Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Bible. Pentateuch – Sermons. OCLC lists 9 copies. Light wear to cloth, light soiling to last page, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-56-20) (ID #32637) $200.00.
  112.  

     

     

     

     

     

  113. Sofer, Avraham Shemu'el Binyamin. SHENE PERUSHIM KADMONIM 'AL MASEKHET ME'ILAH. Yerushalayim; A. Schreiber, 1965. Original Cloth. 8vo. 20, 173 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. With English foreword and added title page: 'Two ancient commentaries on tractate Me'ilah; published for the first time, from a unique manuscript, with references and commentary by Abraham Schreiber of Jerusalem. At the end of the Book there appear textual variations in Tractate Me'ilah, based on two manuscripts. ' Commentaries copied from mansuscript OPP 726 (Neubauer 370) at the Bodlean library. With 8 fascimile plates. Subjects: Talmud. Me'ilah – Commentaries. OCLC lists 26 copies. Light soiling to cloth, with bumped corners, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-56) (ID #32612) $100.00.
  114.  

     

     

     

     

     

  115. Abraham Ben Moses Ben Maimon; E J Wiesenberg; Solomon David Sassoon. PERUSH 'AL BERESHIT U-SHEMOT: HA MAKOR HA-ARAVI MUGA MSUDAR U-METURGAM LLHK [I.E. HEBREW] BETOSEFET MAVO VE-HEAROT MAHO SHRAGA AL YDEI. London; L. Honig & Sons, Ltd, 1959. Original Cloth. 8vo. 63, 539 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. R. Solomon David b. David Solomon Sassoon has here collected the commentary of R. Abraham b. Moses on Genesis and Exodus, from a Bodleian manuscript. This has been published for the first time in its entirety from a manuscript (Oxford no. Hunt 166). It contains a facsimile of a page of the manuscript. The frontispiece is a color copy of a drawing from page 73 of Tanakh Bet Pirhei (Sassoon manuscript no. 368). R. Solomon David Sassoon (1915–1985), son of David Solomon and Selina Sassoon, was ordained as a rabbi in 1936. He lived in Letchworth outside London until 1970 when he settled in Jerusalem. He inherited his father's valuable collection of Hebrew manuscripts and increased the total collection to 1, 350 items. He retained his father's scholarly tastes and published Moshav Zekenim (1959), a commentary of the tosafists on the Pentateuch from a manuscript in his collection; Abraham b. Maimon’s commentary on Genesis and Exodus, from a Bodleian manuscript (1965); and an elegant facsimile edition of the Mishnah commentary of Maimonides (3 vols, 1956–66), with an introduction, from manuscripts in his collection and in Oxford, which are claimed to be autographs of Maimonides. He wrote a Critical Study of Electrical Stunning and the Jewish Method of Slaughter (1955) and The Spiritual Heritage of the Sephardim (1957). Subjects: Bible. Genesis - Commentaries. Bible. Exodus - Commentaries. Bodleian Library. Manuscript. Hunt 166. Sassoon Manuscripts. OCLC lists 15 copies. Light shelf wear to outer edges. Very good condition in vg jacket. (RAB-55-52) (ID #32608) $125.00.
  116.  

     

     

     

     

     

  117. Ginzberg, Louis; David Halivni. PERUSHIM VE-HIDUSHIM BI-YERUSHALMI: MI-YESODIM 'AL MEHKARIM BE-HISHTALSHLUT HA-HALAKHAH VEHA-HAGADAH BE-ERETS YISRA'EL U-BAVEL [FOUR VOLUME SET; NUMBER 338/500]. Nuyork; Bet Midrash Ha-Rabanim Asher Ba-Amerika, 1941-1961. Original Cloth. 4to. LXXII, 420, 132; 325; 444; VIII, 280 pages. 29 cm. First edition. Four Volumes (complete). Hand-enumerated set, number 338 of 500. Hebrew text; introduction also in English, with added title page: Commentary on the Palestinian Talmud; a study of the development of the Halakah and Haggadah in Palestine and Babylonia. Volume 4 (1961) arranged and edited posthumously by David Halivni. Contents: helek 1. Berakhot perek a. Ve-b. - helek 2. Berakhot perek g. - helek 3. Berakhot perek d. - helek 4. Berakhot perek h. In the series: Texts and studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, volumes 10-12, 21. Louis Ginzberg (1873–1953), “one of the outstanding Talmud scholars of the first half of the 20th century; leader and the major halakhic authority of the Conservative movement in North America... His Perushim ve-Hidushim ba-Yerushalmi on Berakhot, Chapters 1–5 (1941–61) remains one of the only scientific commentaries to the Yerushalmi.” (EJ, 2008) Subjects: Talmud Yerushalmi. Berakhot - Commentaries. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-53) (ID #32609) $325.00.
  118.  

     

     

     

     

     

  119. Nissim Ben Reuben Gerondi; L A Feldman. SHITAH LA-RAN:...'AL MASEKHET KETUBOT. Yerushalayim; No Publisher, 1966. Original Cloth. 8vo. 230 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Shitta to B. T. Ketuboth. Edited for the first time from a unicum MS with an introduction, explanatory notes and comments by Leon A. Feldman. "Based on MS 964 of Baron David Guenzberg collection, which is in the Saltykov-Schtedrin Public Library, Leningrad. The manuscript has 119 folios, is by a Spanish rabbinic hand, written on paper, with an average of 22 lines on each page.” Includes two fascimile plates. “The novellae to tractates Megillah, Shabbat, Ketubbot, and Sanhedrin published under Nissim's name are not by him. They represent one of the most difficult problems connected with the study of Nissim's works and teachings, as it is definite that a generation and more before him there lived in Barcelona another scholar with the same acronym–RaN (whose personal name is not certain), and whose works to several talmudic tractates have been recently published.” (EJ 2008). Subjects: Talmud. Ketubbot - Commentaries. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-58) (ID #32614) $125.00.
  120.  

     

     

     

     

     

  121. Jacob Ben Jacob Moses, Of Lissa, -1832.. SEFER MEKOR HAYIM: VE-HU HIDUSHIM U-VE'URIM 'AL HILKHOT PESAH [PESACH]. Zolkiew; Saul Meyerhoffer, 1837. Later Cloth. 8vo. 46, 14 leaves. 25 cm. Sefer Mekor Hayyim (Source of Life), commentary on Shulhan 'Aruk, Orah Hayyim, 429 and following, with notes on the commentaries "? Ure Zahab" and "Magen Abraham"; the second part contains hiddushim on Keritot. The first part was originally published 1807. Jacob ben Jacob Moses of Lissa was a “German Talmudist; died in Stryj, Galicia, May 25, 1832. He was a great-grandson of Hebi Ashkenazi and a pupil of Meshullam Eger. Jacob was ab bet din in Kalisz and afterward in Lissa, and is usually quoted as Jacob of Lissa or Jacob Lisser. Printed on heavy ragpaper, attractive border on title page. Subjects: Passover - Customs and practices. Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Hilkhot Pesah - Commentaries. Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Orah hayim -Commentaries. David ben Samuel, ha-Levi, approximately 1586-1667. Magen David. Gombiner, Abraham Abele ben hayyim, ha-Levi, approximately 1637-1683. Magen Avraham. Talmud. Pesahim - Commentaries. OCLC lists two copies of this edition. Light soiling to pages, light pencil writing on title page, minor wormholing on endpage. Fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-15) (ID #32632) $200.00.
  122.  

     

     

     

     

     

  123. Abravanel, Isaac. PERUSH HA-TORAH [FIVE VOLUMES BOUND AS ONE]. Varsha: Bi-Defus Y. Levenzohn, 1862-1863. Original calf. Folio. (56, 30; 52, 20; 26, 12; 22, 10; 50, 26) leaves. 32 cm. In Hebrew. Five volumes bound together. Illustrated title pages. Each volume has separate title page. Perush (Commentary) on the Pentateuch, each title page distinguishes commentary for each of the five books of Moses; originally published in Venica, 1579. Commentary by Isaac Abravanel: “Statesman and Bible commentator, son of the Portuguese treasurer, Dom Judah, was born in the year 1437 at Lisbon, and died at Venice in 1508. He was buried in Padua. … Abravanel, who had himself taken part in the politics of the great powers of the day, rightly perceived that mere consideration of the literary elements of Scripture was insufficient, and that the political and social life of the people must also be taken into account. He recognized also the value of prefacing the individual books of the Bible with a general introduction concerning the character of each book, its date of composition, and the author's intention; he may consequently be considered as a pioneer of the modern science of Bible propædeutics. These excellences of Abravanel's commentaries were especially appreciated by the Christian scholars of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. No less than thirty Christian writers of this period—among them men of eminence, like the younger Buxtorf, Buddeus, Carpzov, and others—occupied themselves with the close study of Abravanel's exegetical writings, which they condensed and translated, and thus introduced to the world of Christian scholarship. Possibly somewhat of this appreciation of Abravanel by Christians was due to the latter's tolerance toward the Christian, exegetes—Jerome, Augustine, and Nicholas de Lyra —all of whom were closely studied by him and quoted without prejudice, receiving praise or disapprobation as the case demanded.” (JE 1906). SUBJECT(S): Bible. O. T. Pentateuch - Commentaries. OCLC lists 28 copies worldwide. Wear to cover. Yellowing of pages. Bumped cover corners and edges. Text in very good condition. Good + condition. (Heb-35-14) (ID #32539) $225.00.
  124.  

     

    MEDIEVAL HISTORY

     

     

  125. Zuckerman, Arthur J. A JEWISH PRINCEDOM IN FEUDAL FRANCE 768-900.. New York: Columbia University Press, 1972.. Cloth, 8vo. Xvi, 490 pages. Illustrated. SUBJECT (S): Jews – France – history; Feudalism – France – history – to 1500; Makhiri family. SERIES: Columbia University studies in Jewish history, culture, and institutions. Bookplate on inside front cover, occasional pencil marks, very good + condition. (RAB-15-11)xx (ID #19236) $60.00.
  126.  

     

     

     

     

     

  127. 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 (Nassau Community Temple), otherwise nice, clean copy in Very Good condition. (RAB-57-8) (ID #27764) $30.00.
  128.  

     

     

     

     

     

  129. Shulman, Nisson E.; Benjamin Aaron Ben Abraham Slonik. AUTHORITY AND COMMUNITY: POLISH JEWRY IN THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY. New York; Yeshiva University Press, 1986. Publishers cloth. 8vo. XV, 265 pages. 24 cm. First edition. 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". The second part consists of a digest of Slonik’s ‘Mas’at Binyamin’ (1633), containing 112 responsa and including questions and comments by his two sons, Avraham and Ya‘akov. “The responsa of Rabbi Benjamin Aaron ben Abraham Slonik, when viewed against the background of the writings of his teachers and contemporaries, as well as other sources available to us, present a detailed picture of the religious, cultural, communal and economic life of sixteenth-century Polish Jewry.” (Jacket description). Subjects: Jews - Poland - History - 16th century. Judaism - Poland - History - 16th century. Responsa - 1040-1600. Poland - Ethnic relations. Institutional stamps on backstrip and endpages, otherwise very clean and fresh in good jacket. Good + condition. (EE-4-16A) xx (ID #32181) $30.00.
  130.  

     

     

     

     

     

  131. Eidelberg, Shlomo. JEWISH LIFE IN AUSTRIA IN THE XVTH CENTURY: AS REFLECTED IN THE LEGAL WRITINGS OF RABBI ISRAEL ISSERLEIN AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES. Philadelphia: Dropsie College, 5722-1962. 1st Edition. Cloth, 8vo; 140 pages; Important work. Hinges starting. Front piece slightly discolored. Otherwise, clean and fresh, good condition. (RAB-57-4) xxx (ID #32468) $60.00.
  132.  

     

     

     

     

     

  133. Wolf, Lucien. THE MIDDLE AGE OF ANGLO-JEWISH HISTORY, (1290-1656). A LECTURE DELIVERED AT THE ANGLO-JEWISH HISTORICAL EXHIBITION, ROYAL ALBERT HALL, 12TH MAY, 1887.. London; Wertheimer, Lea & Co, 1887. Original Wrappers. 16mo. 29 pages. 18cm. First edition. “[Wolf’s] principal work was on the ‘middle period’ of Anglo-Jewish history (after the expulsion of 1290) and on the resettlement. His contributions, based almost wholly on original sources, were of primary importance and placed the study of the subject on a new basis. These researches attracted Wolf to the history of the Marranos. He edited reports on trials of Jewish interest from the Canary Islands Inquisition records and in 1925 prepared a report on the contemporary Marranos of Portugal, a historical contribution of great importance. He contributed a most important article to the 11th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica on antisemitism, on the history of which he was the recognized authority in the English-speaking world.” (EJ 2007). Subjects: Great Britain - History - Expulsion. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (NYPL and HUC). Light age staining, very good + condition. (SPEC-36-20) (ID #31583) $100.00.
  134.  

     

     

     

     

     

  135. Agus, Irving A. URBAN CIVILIZATION IN PRE-CRUSADE EUROPE: A STUDY OF ORGANIZED TOWN-LIFE IN NORTHWESTERN EUROPE DURING THE TENTH AND ELEVENTH CENTURIES BASED ON THE RESPONSA LITERATURE. COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES. New York: Yeshiva University Press, 1965. Publisher's cloth, 8vo, 24cm. xii, 821 pages. First edition. Inscribed by the author. A beautiful set of this classic, in fine condition. (Rab-5-7A) (ID #32461) $150.00.
  136.  

     

     

     

     

     

  137. Güdemann, Moritz, 1835-1918; Shtif, Nahum; 1879-1933 (Yiddish). IDISHE KULTUR-GESHIKHTE IN MITLALTER: IDN IN DAYTSHLAND DOS XIV UN XV YORHUNDERT. Berlin: Klal-farlag, 1922. Cloth, large 8vo, 250 pages. In Yiddish. “Jewish Cultural History in the Middle Ages: Jews in Germany from the Fourteenth to the Fifteenth Centuries”. SUBJECT (S): Jews -- Germany. Jews -- Social life and customs. Jewish learning and scholarship. This is a translation of volume 3 of the author's Geschichte des Erziehungswesens und der Cultur der abendla¨ndischen Juden wa¨hrend des Mittelalters und der neueren Zeit. Wear to spine, pages tanned. Good – condition. (YID-17-17) (ID #30907) $30.00.
  138.  

     

     

     

     

     

  139. Abraham, Zevi Jacob. LE-KOROT HA-YAHADUT BE-TRANSILVANIYA = HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF TRANSYLVANIA, VOL. 1, FROM YEAR 88 TO 1950. New York; A. Lamberger, 1950. Publishers cloth. 8vo. 256, [8] pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. A study of the religious life of the communities bordering on Hungary and Rumania, with many documents concerning the rabbinate. Subjects: Jews - Romania - Transylvania. Jews - Romania - History. OCLC lists 25 copies. Pages aged, light wear to edges of cloth, overall fresh and clean. Good condition. (EE-5-11) (ID #32316) $75.00.
  140.  

     

     

     

     

     

  141. Stow, Kenneth. THE "1007 ANONYMOUS" AND PAPAL SOVEREIGNITY: JEWISH PERCEPTIONS OF THE PAPACY AND PAPAL POLICY IN THE HIGH MIDDLE AGES. Cincinatti, Hebrew Union College, 1984. 1st Edition. Cloth, 8vo, 89 pages. Includes 8-page bibliography. Thorough. Fine Condition (BIBLE-12-10)xx (ID #29890) $50.00.
  142.  

     

     

     

    CAIRO GENIZAH

     

     

  143. Katsh, Abraham Isaac. GINZE MISHNAH: ME'AH HAMISHIM VE-TISH'AH DAPIM SHEL HA-MISHNAH MEHA-GENIZAH HA-KAHIRIT ME-OSEF ANTONIN BA-SIFRIYAH HA-LE'UMIT BE-LENINGRAD. Yerushalayim; Mosad Ha-Rav Kuk, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 19, 319, 15 pages. 28 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, with English introduction and title page: Ginze Mishna; one hundred and fifty nine fragments from the Cairo geniza in the Saltykov-Shchedrin Library in Leningrad appearing for the first time with an introduction, notes and variants by Abraham I. Katsh. “Ginze Mishnah, a study of 149 Genizah fragments dating from the 9th to the 12th centuries. … The collection given by the Russian archimandrite of Jerusalem, Antonin Kapustin, was fully described by Harkavy, who was in charge of the Hebrew collections at the Russian Imperial Library in St. Petersburg and was later published by A. I. Katsh.” (2008 EJ). Subjects: Cairo Genizah. Mishnah. Selections. Light wear to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-26) (ID #32578) $40.00.
  144.  

     

     

     

     

     

  145. Sokoloff, Michael. KIT'E BE-RESHIT RABAH MIN HA-GENIZAH: YOTS'IM LA-OR 'AL-PI SHENEM-'ASAR KITVE-YAD U-FALIMPSESTIM BE-TSERUF MAVO VE-HE'AROT. Yerushalayim; Ha-Akademyah Ha-Le'umit Ha-Yisre'elit Le-Mada'im, 1982. Original Cloth. 4to. 226, V, 12 pages. 28 cm. First edition. In Hebrew; introduction and added title page in English: The Geniza fragments of Bereshit Rabba. Edited on the basis of twelve manuscripts and palimpsests with an introduction and notes by Michael Sokoloff. Collection of fragments of Bereshit Rabba from the Geniza that the editor was able to assemble. Each fragment has been transcribed in toto, without emendations or reconstructions, which, to the extent that they are required, are indicated in the notes. The accompanying linguistic analysis has bearing both on the study of rabbinic Hebrew and Aramaic and on the elucidation of the Midrash. In the Introduction, the author discusses the special character of each of the twelve manuscripts in the collection, the relationships between them and their relationships with previously known manuscripts of Bereshit Rabba. The last two chapters deal with vocalization, accents and punctuation. Subjects: Genizah. Hebrew language - Grammar. Aramaic language - Grammar. Manuscripts, Hebrew. Midrash rabbah. Genesis – Commentaries. Light shelf wear and soiling to cloth, overall clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-55-54) (ID #32610) $30.00.
  146.  

     

     

     

     

     

  147. Ginzberg, Louis; Solomon Schechter. GINZE SHEKHTER (GENIZAH STUDIES IN THE MEMORY OF DOCTOR SOLOMON SCHECHTER). COMPLETE IN THREE VOLUMES.. New York: Jtsa, 1928.. Cloth, 8vo. 549, xvii, 640, xv, 338, xiv pages. The Scarce First edition. In Hebrew with English introductions in each volume. SUBJECT(S): (880-02) Cairo Genizah; Midrash; Geonic literature; Hebrew poetry. CONTENTS: Sefer 1. Kit'e midrash ve-hagadah/me'et Levi ben Yitshak Gintsburg. -- Sefer 2. Keta`im me-kitve ha ge'onim / me'et Levi ben Yitshak Gintsburg. -- Sefer 3. Piyutim ve-shirim / me'et Yisrael ben David Ze'ev Davidzon. Schechter (1847-1915), born in Rumania, was president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Before that he taught in England at Cambridge University and University College, London. “His fame rests on the scholarly recovery of the Cairo Genizah. It created a sensation in the world of scholarship, and in its wake Jewish history and the history of Mediterranean society were and are being rewritten. Over one hundred thousand manuscripts and manuscript fragments were brought to England and presented to Cambridge University by Schechter and Charles Taylor, the master of St. John's College who had made Schechter's trip possible.” He became president of the JTSA in 1902, and held that position for the rest of his life; he was also an early Conservative leader. (EJ, Ben-Horin) Very good condition, a beautiful set. (RAB-57-14) (ID #19252) $300.00.
  148.  

     

     

     

     

     

  149. Shaked, Shaul. A TENTATIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF GENIZA DOCUMENTS. 1964. Paper Wrappers, Paris: Mouton, 1964. Paper Wrappers. 8 vo. 355 pages. Part of the series "École pratique des hautes études, Sorbonne. 6. Section: Sciences économiques et sociales. Études juives, 5". SUBJECT (S): Genizah; Hebrew Manuscripts - Catalogue. Mild age spotting on covers and edges of textblock. Bumping to edges. Surface puncture to edge of rear cover and following pages with no damage to text. Upper corner of rear corner creased as well as last few pages. Otherwise in Good condition. Prepared under the direction of D. H. Baneth and S. D. Goitein. Not concerned with the main part of the manuscripts found in the Cairo Geniza, mostly from the 10th to 13th centuries, but rather with the documentary material, which constitutes a primary source of information for Jewish history in the High Middle Ages, as well as the social history of the Mediterranean basin in general. Some wear to covers and edges, inner-pages clean, overall good ++ condition (BIBLIOG-34-9). (ID #31885) $35.00.
  150.  

     

     

     

     

     

  151. Yannai.; Israel Davidson; Louis Ginzberg. MAHAZOR YANAI: KE-FI MAH SHE-NIMTSA MI-MENU BA-GENIZAH ASHER BE-MITSRAYIM BE-HOSAFAT PIYUTE YANAI HA-AHERIM [AUTHOR INSCRIBED]. New York; Bet Midrash Ha-Rabanim Asher Ba-'amerika, 1919. Original Cloth. 8vo. IV, 55, XLIX pages. 24 cm. First edition. Inscribed by Israel Davidson in script on title page. Parallel Hebrew text and English translation. Added title page: Mahzor Yannai, a liturgical work of the 7th century edited from Genizah fragments with notes and introduction by Israel Davidson and additional notes by Louis Ginzberg. Texts and studies of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America; volume 6. “Yannai, liturgical poet, one of the principal representatives of the old Palestinian piyyut. … Davidson's publications opened new horizons for research into Yannai. In 1910 he found a Genizah fragment with quotations and beginnings of poems from the 'Mahzor Yannai'; this established the existence of a greater poetic work of Yannai's. In 1919 he found in some Greek-Hebrew genizah, fragment palimpsests (published by F. C. Burkitt in Fragments of the Book of Kings (1897), and by C. Taylor in Hebrew-Greek Cairo Genizah Palimpsests, 1900) some of Yannai's kerovot which were thought lost, and which he later published with notes by L. Ginzberg (Mahzor Yannai (1919)). In 1928 Davidson found – following a suggestion by Brody – three other poems by Yannai among the Genizah fragments in the Bodleian Library: he published them in Genizah Studies (vol. 3, 1928).” (EJ 2008). Israel Davidson, (1870–1939), “scholar of medieval Hebrew literature... Mahzor Yannai (1919), published from Greek palimpsests, Davidson recognizing Yannai 's piyyut in the superimposed writing.” (EJ 2008) Contains signature of previous owner on endpage, Rabbi Mordecai L. Brill, dated 1936; the year that Brill was ordained at the rabbinical school of the Jewish Theological Seminary (Biographical note in Mordecai L. Brill Papers at JTS). Subjects: Piyutim. Hebrew – Manuscripts. Genizah. Light wear to cloth, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-50) (ID #32605) $100.00.
  152.  

     

     

     

     

     

  153. Katsh, Abraham Isaac. GINZE MISHNAH: ME'AH HAMISHIM VE-TISH'AH DAPIM SHEL HA-MISHNAH MEHA-GENIZAH HA-KAHIRIT ME-OSEF ANTONIN BA-SIFRIYAH HA-LE'UMIT BE-LENINGRAD. Yerushalayim; Mosad Ha-Rav Kuk, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 19, 319, 15 pages. 28 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, with English introduction and title page: Ginze Mishna; one hundred and fifty nine fragments from the Cairo geniza in the Saltykov-Shchedrin Library in Leningrad appearing for the first time with an introduction, notes and variants by Abraham I. Katsh. “Ginze Mishnah, a study of 149 Genizah fragments dating from the 9th to the 12th centuries. … The collection given by the Russian archimandrite of Jerusalem, Antonin Kapustin, was fully described by Harkavy, who was in charge of the Hebrew collections at the Russian Imperial Library in St. Petersburg and was later published by A. I. Katsh.” (2008 EJ). Subjects: Cairo Genizah. Mishnah. Selections. Light wear to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-26A) (ID #32591) $40.00.
  154.  

     

     

     

     

     

  155. Klein, Michael. GENIZAH MANUSCRIPTS OF PALESTINIAN TARGUM TO THE PENTATEUCH [TWO VOLUME SET]. Cincinnati; Hebrew Union College Press, 1986. Original Cloth. 4to. LI, 363; 131, [91] pages. 32 cm. First edition. In English and Aramaic. Edited and translated by Michael L. Klein. Volume 1. Introduction, etc, texts and translation - volume 2. Notes and comments, 182 plates. Michael L. Klein, Ph. D. (1979), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, held the Effie Wise Ochs Chair in Biblical Literature at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem. He published critical editions of several important versions of the Palestinian Targums. Subjects: Cairo Genizah. Manuscripts, Aramaic. Bible. Pentateuch. Aramaic - Versions - Targum Yerushalmi. Bible. Pentateuch. Aramaic. Targum Yerushalmi - Translations into English. Bible. A. T. Pentateuque. Arame´en. Targum Yerushalmi - Critique, interpre´tation, etc. Light wear to edges of cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-6) (ID #32558) $60.00.
  156.  

     

     

     

     

     

  157. Rosenthal, David. OSEF HA-GENIZAH HA-KAHIRIT BE-Z'ENEVAH: KATALOG U-MEHKARIM. Yerushalayim: Hotsa'at Sefarim 'a. Sh. Y. L. Magnes, Ha-Universitah Ha-'ivrit, 2010. Original Cloth. 4to. 286 pages. 26 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. The Cairo Genizah Collection in Geneva. Some 350 large vellum sheets, originating from the Cairo Geniza, were uncovered by Professor David Rosenthal of the Hebrew University at the Bibliothèque publique et universitaire, in Geneva. The Cairo Geniza is an immense depository of Jewish texts, first discovered in the late nineteenth century by Professor Zalman Schechter in the synagogue of Fustat, Cairo. Catalogue of the items in the collection, with over one hundred color fascimile reproductions. Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Switzerland - Geneva - Catalogs. Cairo Genizah - Manuscripts - Catalogs. Jews - Egypt - Cairo - History - 11th century - Sources. Jews - Egypt - Cairo - History - 12th century - Sources. Manuscripts, Hebrew - Egypt - Cairo. Hebrew literature, Medieval - Egypt - Cairo. Rabbinical literature - Egypt - Cairo. Great condition in very good jacket. (RAB-55-4) (ID #32556) $30.00.
  158.  

     

    KARAISM

     

     

  159. Mahler, Raphael. KARAIMER: A YIDISHE GEULAH-BEVEGUNG IN MITLALTER. New York: Elias Schulman, 1947. Cloth, 8vo, 476 pages. In Yiddish. English title page reads: "Karaites: A Mediaeval Jewish Movement for Deliverance.” Light wear, Very Good Condition (rab-33-21) (ID #24471) $30.00.
  160.  

     

     

     

     

    DEINARD

     

     

  161. Deinard, Ephraim. MIKHTAV GALUI LE-YESHU HA-NOTSRI: MEHA'AH HUBRAH... AL YEDE EHAD MI-ZIKNE HA-SOFRIM BI-FEKUDAT RUAH HA-KODESH = A LETTER OF PROTEST TO JESUS CHRIST FROM THE HOLY GHOST. St Louis; [Moinester], 1924. Cloth. 8vo. 52 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Parallel English title: A letter of protest to Jesus Christ from the Holy Ghost. “This anti-Christian polemic, written in the form of a letter by the Holy Ghost to Jesus, disproves the historical existence of Jesus. It 'made a great impression among Hebrew readers around the world'. Dienard 'contemplated writing this book for almost a decade'. 'This pamphlet is dedicated to countering the missionaries … therefore permission is given to translate it into any language … without the consent of the author. ' (p.2).” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry # 1076). Our copy bound in cloth, lacking original wrappers. Subjects: Jesus Christ - Jewish interpretations. Polemics. OCLC lists 22 copies. Later endpages brittle, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-56-25) (ID #32642) $175.00.
  162.  

     

     

     

     

     

  163. (Ephraim Deinard’s copy) Strack, Hermann Leberecht. Joma; JOMA; DER MISCHNATRAKTAT "VERSÖHNUNGSTAG"; HERAUSGEGEBEN UND ERKLÄRT VON HERMANN L. STRACK. Berlin; H. Reuther's Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1888. Clothbound. 8vo. 40 pages. 22 cm. Text in Hebrew, notes in German. Title translates as: “YOMA; The Mishnah Tractate ‘Atonement’; Issued and explained by Hermann L. Strack.” Printed as number 3 of “Schriften des Institutum Judaicum in Berlin”, the Jewish Institute of Berlin. Hermann Leberecht Strack (1848-1922) was a German Protestant theologian and Orientalist. The 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia had this to say of him: “He is the foremost Christian authority in Germany on Talmudic and rabbinic literature, and studied rabbinics under Steinschneider. Since the reappearance of anti-Semitism in Germany Strack has been the champion of the Jews against the attacks of such men as Hofprediger Stöcker, Professor Röhling, and others. In 1885 Strack became the editor of "Nathanael. Zeitschrift für die Arbeit der Evangelischen Kirche an Israel,” which is published at Berlin; and in 1883 he founded the Institutum Judaicum, which aims at the conversion of Jews to Christianity. In the beginning of his career the Prussian government sent Strack to St. Petersburg to examine the Bible manuscripts there; on this occasion he examined also the antiquities of the Firkovich collection, which he declared to be forgeries.” This short volume constitutes one in a series of editions of the Mishnah tractates published in the late 1880’s: Abot (Carlsruhe, 1882; 2d ed. Berlin, 1888), Yoma (1888), 'Abodah Zarah (1888), and Shabbat (1890). Ephraim Deinard’s copy, as noted on the bookplate: “From the Library of Ephraim Deinard.” Subjects: Mishnah. Yoma -- Criticism, Textual. Covers lightly worn. Pages lightly aged, some edges bumped and chipped. Very good condition. (GER-36-46) (ID #28897) $30.00.
  164.  

     

    SABBATEANISM

     

     

  165. 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. Previous owner's mark on endpage. Excellent condition. (RAB-54-5) (ID #28689) xx $50.00.
  166.  

     

    SERMONS

     

     

  167. Gallant, Abraham N. (Abraham Naphtali). SEFER HEZYONOT AVRAHAM: KOVETS DERASHOT. New York; Rozenberg, 1922. Publishers cloth. 8vo.192, 30 pages. 21 cm. Sermons in Hebrew and English. ‘Chazyonos Avrohom; A collection of addresses rendered on various occasions and interpretations of Biblical and Talmudical passages by Abraham N. Gallant. ’ “Acceding to popular demand, Gallant decided to publish this volume of his sermons. Due to the high cost of printing, Sefer Heyzonot Avraham only contains sermons for the lections of Genesis and materials for sermons for the lections of Exodus. Two English sermons ‘were incorporated with this volume to make it accessibly to the English reader’ (pg. 3, 193). [...] Gallant published a second edition… the same year. The texts of both editions are identical in content, layout, format and type. In the second edition, the English sermons are bound and paginated from left to right (i.e.The collation is 192, <30> pp.). The English section in the second editions lacks the English preface that is in the first edition (p. 193), but it has an English title page dated 2 Apr. 1922” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry 851) Gallant (1876-1936) was born in Poland, immigrated to America in 1906, and served as rabbi of Talmud Torah Beth Abraham of the Bronx; he was president of the Boards of Orthodox Rabbis of New York, a delegate to the American Jewish Congress and a member of Agudath Harrabonim. Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Jewish sermons, American. OCLC lists 26 copies. Cloth lightly soiled, hinges previously rebacked, light soiling throughout; otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (AMR-39-23) (ID #31417) $30.00.
  168.  

     

     

     

     

     

  169. Doctor, M. (Mordecai). KOVETS DERASHOT U-NE’UMIM. New York; Rozenberg, 1922. Publishers cloth. 8vo. 230, 113, 21 pages. 21 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Two Volumes bound in One. Volume two has separate title page: Kovets Neumim; Sermons and addresses. “In 1904, while a young man, Doctor began preaching in Kol Israel Anshei Polin of Forythe St. (New York). He served as its secretary ca. 1917. Later he also preached in an uptown synagogue (Kol Israel’s Harlem Branch?) (Vol. 1, pp. 3, 4). Doctor is titled ‘Rabbi’ on the title pages of Kovets Derashot U-Neumim. Kovets Derashot U-Neumim contains sermons and speeches for various occasions. On the habit of American Jews pledging donations but not fulfilling their pledges, see vol. 1 p. 230. On courtship in America, see vol. 2 pp.3-6. On American bar mitzvahs, see vol. 2 p. 110n1. On the role of sermons, see vol. 1 pp.8-7. Four sermons were translated into English by L. H. R. (Vol. 2).” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry # 852). Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Jewish occasional sermons. OCLC lists 16 copies. Cloth soiled, edges bumped, half of backstrip torn and absent, hinges starting; internally, light soiling to some margins, light pen marks on endpages, otherwise fresh and clean. Good condition. (AMR-39-26) (ID #31420) $125.00.
  170.  

     

     

     

     

     

  171. Coblenz, Sigmund. SEFER RIGSHE YEHUDAH; BO YEDABER ‘AL YISRA’EL VE TORATO. New York; Rozenberg, 1915. Original cloth, 8vo. 102 pages. 23cm. In Hebrew. Deinard 748. Goldman 769: “Coblenz served as the rabbi of Adath Chevrah Kadisha of Brooklyn. He was involved in Zionist activities and he delivered addresses before a Zionist convention in Scranton in Iyyar 1905 and before a Mizrahi convention in Altona (Germany?) in 5668 [1908].” This work “contains homilies, speeches and notes on prozbul” as well as an “address at a gathering for R. Dr. Meir Hildesheimer and R. Aaron Wolkin, who visited America in the winter of 5674 [1914] on behalf of Agudath Israel.” It also includes “a sermon on R. Emil Hirsch and a Reform convention in New York.” Title page is stamped “Copyright 1915 by S. Coblenz.” Bound in green cloth with gilt title. SUBJECT(S): Jewish sermons, American; Jewish sermons, Hebrew. OCLC lists 14 copies worldwide. Light soiling to cloth, front hinge starting, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (AMR-39-27) xx (ID #31421) $135.00.
  172.  

     

     

     

     

     

  173. Lazerov, Y. L. (Yehudah Leyb). SEFER DIVRE YEHUDAH: KOLEL DERASHOT LE-KHOL SHABATOT U-MO’ADE HA-SHANAH [VOL. 1 ONLY]. New York; Joel Aronson, 1910. Later cloth. 8vo. 115, [1] pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Two columns per page. Volume 1 only (of three published). “Divre Yehudah contains homilies (or sermons) on the Pentateuchal lections and for other occasions (including eulogies). Some deal with the contemporary environment (e.g. See vol. 1, pp. 83-6, 93-4 on Reform Judaism). […] Vol. 1 was printed a few weeks earlier than vols. 2-3 (see vol. 1 p. 115)” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry # 735) Judah Leib Lazarov (1875-1939) immigrated to America in 1898, and served as a Yiddish preacher of renown at Beth Hamidrash Hagadol, he founded religious schools and authored many volumes in Yiddish and Hebrew. Subjects: Jewish sermons - United States. Jewish sermons, Hebrew - United States. OCLC lists 12 copies. Later cloth defective, endpages brittle; internally very fresh and clean. Good + condition. (AMR-39-42) (ID #31435) $100.00.
  174.  

     

     

     

     

     

  175. Shapiro, Mordecai Zalman. DERASHOT LE-RUAH HA-ZEMAN. New York; A. H. Rosenberg, 1911. Wrappers, Original paper wrappers. 8vo. 33, [1] pages. 21 cm. First edition. In Hebrew; with portions of English transliterated into Hebrew. “Derashot Le-Ruah Ha-Zeman contains three mussar homilies. There are many references to the American context (e.g. On Sabbath desecration and Kashruth transgressions, see pp. 9-10; on the lack of Jewish education, see p.20; on Socialism, see p.23). Shapiro also deals with science and philosophy.” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry # 744). Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. OCLC lists 4 physical copies (Stanford, Harvard, Michigan, NYPL). Wraps reinforced along spine; light soiling to wraps, light wear to edges, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (AMR-44-19) (ID #31557) $100.00.
  176.  

     

     

     

     

     

  177. Finkelstein, Simon Isaac. BIKURE `ANAVIM: BEURIM `AL MAAMAR RABAH BAR BAR HANA, VIKUHE SAVE DE-VE ATUNA `IM RAIBAH.MAAMARIM BE-SHEM PIRKE HA-GAFEN.. Chicago; Eliezer Meites, 1899. Original cloth. 8vo. [3], IV, [2], 59 pages. 25 cm. First Edition. Two columns per page. In Hebrew. “Finkelstein delivered these sermons, based on the teachings of the tannaim Rabbah bar Hanah and Joshua b. Hananiah, during his years as a pulpit rabbi. … In this volume he ‘presents the early impressions which were made upon him by the American Jewish scene’. … The preliminary pages are mispaginated.” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry # 705). “The Talmud relates a legendary disputation of the ‘wise men of Athens’ and the Jewish sage Joshua b. Hananiah. One of various works which attempt to explicate the riddles contained in the talmudic account, the book by Rev. Finkelstein was among the first rabbinic works published in America. The approbation of the Lithuanian rabbinic authority, Isaac Elhanan Spektor, prefaces the book.” (Library and Archives Canada; Jewish Philosophy). Shimon Finkelstein (1861–1947) was born in Slobodka and educated in the yeshivot of Kovno. He arrived in America in 1887 and served as pulpit rabbi in Baltimore, Cincinnati, Syracuse, and finally Brooklyn's Brownsville section for four decades. He was active in many rabbinical organizations and wrote several scholarly works. Subjects: Aggada. OCLC lists 7 copies (NYPL, Spertus, Brandeis, Harvard, Duquesne, Gratz), none West of Chicago. Cloth shaken, endpages loose, pages aged and lightly brittle, otherwise fresh and clean. Good +condition. (AMR-39-37) (ID #31430) $375.00.
  178.  

     

    EIGHTEENTH CENTURY IMPRINTS

     

     

  179. Hoizin, Mosheh Ben Asher Anshil. SEFER KEREN OR PENE MOSHEH. Hamburg; Bi-Defus Eli'ezer Lezar, 1786. Original full calf. 8vo. [300] pages. 21 cm. First edition. Homilies on Sefer Bereshit by R. Moses ben Asher Anshel of Hoizin (Hausen, 1752-82). On the title page R. Moses writes that he picked and selected these “berries in the top of the uppermost bough” (Isaiah 17: 6). The title page mentions the late R. Moses ben Asher of the family of Hoizin (Hausen) of Copenhagen. This not withstanding, Zedner and Benjacob attribute the authorship of this work to a Meir ben Isaac, also of Copenhagen while the Hida (R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai) in his Shem ha-Gedolim (II, 132) says that the author's name is not mentioned. The title page is dated with the verse “that the skin of Moses’ face shone” (Exodus 34: 35). The verso of the title page has an approbation by R. Raphael ben Jekhutiel Zisskind Katz followed by an introduction, in which the writer informs about his wanderings from Lita, the land of his birth, to Copenhagen, about his teachers, the person R. Moses Hoizin, and a eulogy about him. The text of Keren Or Penei Moshe is in two columns, the right column in a smaller rabbinic font, novellae and pilpulim in the order of the parashah. The right hand column, in a larger rabbinic font, is more discursive homilies on the Weekly Torah portion. “Moses ben Asher Anshel Hausen: Danish Talmudic scholar: born at Copenhagen 1752; died June 28, 1782. He wrote a work entitled 'Karan Or Pene Mosheh, ' a homiletic commentary to Genesis (Hamburg, 1787). Zedner and Benjacob attribute the authorship of this work to a Meïr b. Isaac, also of Copenhagen; while Azulai ('Shem ha-Gedolim, ' ii. 132) says that the author's name is not mentioned.” (1906 JE). Attractive original calf, with gilt decorative borders on cover and spine; printed on rag paper. Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Bible. Genesis - Commentaries. OCLC lists 10 copies. Light rubbing to leather, with two minor wormholes not penetrating boards, light soiling and minor foxing to outer edges and margins, overall very clean. Good + condition. (RAB-55-60) (ID #32616) $375.00.
  180.  

     

     

     

     

     

  181. Asher Evan Hulda Ben Behi. SEFER RABENU BAHYE: BE'UR AL HA-TORAH. Korets; Ha-Madpisim Avraham Ben Yitshak Ayzik Ve-Eliyahu Ben Yaakov Segal, 1799. Later Cloth. Folio. [252, 124] pages. 36 cm. In Hebrew. Sefer Rabenu Bahye be'ur Al ha-Torah. By Bahya ben Asher ben Hlava: “one of the most distinguished of the Biblical exegetes of Spain; born about the middle of the thirteenth century at Saragossa; died 1340. … Bahya's principal work was his commentary on the Pentateuch, in the preparation of which he thoroughly investigated the works of former Biblical exegetes, using all the methods employed by them in his interpretations. He enumerates the following four methods, all of which in his opinion are indispensable to the exegete: (1) The 'Peshat, ' or the simple and direct exposition advocated by Rashi and Hananel ben Hushiel, whom Bahya recognizes as authorities, and whose works he industriously employs. (2) The 'Midrash, ' or the haggadic exegesis, accorded considerable space in his commentary; there being scarcely a haggadic work which has not been employed by him. However, he usually confines himself to a literal quotation without further exposition. (3) The method of Reason, or philosophical exegesis, the aim of which is to demonstrate that philosophical truths are already embodied in Holy Writ, which as a work of God transcends all the wisdom of man. He therefore recognizes the results of philosophical thought only in so far as they do not conflict with Scripture and tradition. (4) The method of the Cabala, termed by him 'the path of light, ' which the truth-seeking soul must travel. It is by means of this method, Bahya believes, that the deep mysteries hidden in the Scriptural word may be revealed, and many a dark passage elucidated. Bahya's commentary derives a particular charm from its form. Each parashah, or weekly lesson, is prefaced by an introduction preparing the reader for the fundamental ideas to be discussed; and this introduction bears a motto in the form of some verse selected from the Proverbs. Furthermore, by the questions that are frequently raised the reader is compelled to take part in the author's mental processes; the danger of monotony being also thereby removed. The commentary was first printed at Naples in 1492; and the favor which it enjoyed is attested by the numerous supercommentaries published on it. Owing to the large space devoted to the Cabala, the work was particularly valuable to cabalists, although Bahya also availed himself of non-Jewish sources. Later editions of the commentary appeared at Pesaro, 1507, 1514, and 1517; Constantinople, 1517; Rimini, 1524; Venice, 1544, 1546, 1559, 1566, and later. Not less than ten supercommentaries are enumerated by Bernstein, which give further evidence of the popularity of the work.” (1906 JE). Printed in Korets, Ukraine. Bound in later cloth with gilt and red title on spine, finely printed on blue ragpaper. Title page previously repaired. SUBJECT(S): Bible. Pentateuch - Commentaries. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (National Library of Israel, Jewish Theological Seminary). Library plate in front cover. Title page repaired – some parts unreadable, information handwritten in. Light soiling throughout, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (Heb-35-1) (ID #32534) $225.00.
  182.  

     

     

     

     

     

  183. Aboab, Isaac; Moses Frankfurter. MENORAT HA-MA'OR. Amsterdam; Be-Vet Ha-Dayan Ha-Mehaber, 1722. Original calf. 4to. 129 leaves. 30 cm. Second Amsterdam edition. In Hebrew. Elaborately engraved title page. Printed on ragpaper. Isaac Aboab, author of "Menorat ha-Maor"; lived in Spain about 1300. … He conceived, therefore, the plan of grouping together the rich material stored up in the vast treasure-house of the Haggadah from the religious and ethical point of view, and of presenting it in a book which he called 'Menorat ha-Maor' (The Candlestick of Light; compare Num. Iv. 9), intending by it to illumine the minds and the hearts of his coreligionists. With reference to the seven-armed candlestick in the Tabernacle (Ex. Xxv. 31; Num. Viii. 2), he divided the book into seven sections, each of which bears the title of 'Ner, ' or 'Lamp, ' subdivided into separate parts and chapters. It can hardly be said that the division of the matter treated is very logical and systematic, nor indeed does the work lay any claim to originality; but in presenting the beautiful moral and religious truths of Judaism in homely form, Aboab supplied to the average reader a great need of the time. Its skilful arrangement of the various Biblical and rabbinical topics and its warm tone of deep earnestness and sincerity could notfail to appeal to the popular heart. And as in the course of time the sermon, then still in use among the Spanish Jews, ceased to be a part of the divine service because the preacher had to give way to the hazan, or precentor, the "Menorat ha-Maor" became a substitute for the living voice of the preacher. It was translated into Spanish and read to attentive assemblies of the people, particularly to those not versed in the Law. It thus became the household book of the medieval Jews. It was published with a Spanish translation (Leghorn, 1657), with a Hebrew commentary and a Judæo-German translation by Moses Frankfurter (Amsterdam, 1701), with a modern German translation by Fürstenthal and Behrend (Krotoschin, 1844-46). It was translated also into Yiddish, Wilna, 1880. Subjects: Ethics, Jewish - Early works to 1800. Yiddish literature. Aboab, Isaac, 14th cent. Menorat ha-ma'or. OCLC lists 11 copies of this edition. Leather rubbed, boards damaged at bottom and corners, bumping to corner edges of pages, light soiling on outer edges, internally fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-28) (ID #32645) $200.00.
  184.  

     

     

     

     

     

  185. Mat, Moses; Solomon Zalman Ben Moses Raphael London. SEFER MATEH MOSHEH: ZEH SEFER TOLDOT ADAM... ASHER HEKIM HUKIM... U-MISHPATIM. Frankfurt; Be-Vet Yohan Kelner, 1719. Later cloth. 12mo. [256] pages. 19 cm. In Hebrew. Edited, with annotations by Solomon Zalman ben Moses Raphael London. “Moses ben Abraham Mat; Galician rabbi; born at Przemysl about 1550; died at Opatow 1606. After having studied Talmud and rabbinics under his uncle R. Zebi and Solomon Luria, he became rabbi of Beldza, where he had a large number of pupils. He retired from this rabbinate and lived privately for a time at Vladimir. He was then called to the rabbinate of Przemysl, and, in 1597, to that of Luboml. Toward the end of his life Mat became the chief of the community of Opatow and district rabbi of Cracow. Mat was the author of the following works: 'Taryag Mizwot' (Cracow, 1581), a versification of the 613 commandments; 'Matteh Mosheh' (ib. 1590-91), a treatise on the practical ritual laws; 'Ho'il Mosheh' (Prague, 1611), a simple and homiletic commentary on the Pentateuch, in which he occasionally explains the commentary of Rashi. Some responsa of his are to be found in the responsa collections of his rabbinical contemporaries.” (1906 JE) Subjects: Judaism - Liturgy. Talmud Torah (Judaism) Judaism - Customs and practices. OCLC lists 11 copies. Edges of title page torn, with minor text loss, previously repaired; last page torn upper corner, some text loss; two leaves previously repaired from tear; pages lightly aged and soiled, with minor foxing in margins, overall fresh. Good Condition Thus. (RAB-56-1) (ID #32618) $300.00.
  186.  

     

     

     

     

     

  187. Lampronti, Isaac Hezekiah Ben Samuel, 1679-1756.. PAHAD YITSHAK: VE-HU ALFA BETA RABTA [VOLUMES THREE AND FOUR BOUND TOGETHER]. Venice; Yitshak Foa U-Shelomoh Ashkenazi Nella Stamperia Ventur / Reggio; Hananiah Elhanan Hay Kohen, Tipografia Della Societa, 5573, 1798-1813. Later Boards. Folio. [190; 273] pages. 40 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Volume three (Het-Tet) and four (Yod-Lamed) of Lampronti’s Pahad Yitzhak ("The Fear of Yitzhak"), a Talmudic encyclopedia. Volume three contains old facsimile title page consisting of a tracing of the original title page in blue ink; volume three also contains large fold out map, detailing the planned contents of the assorted volumes of the Pahad Yitzhak. Isaac B. Samuel Lampronti was an “Italian rabbi and physician; born Feb. 3, 1679, at Ferrara; died Nov. 16, 1756. …Lampronti's life-work was his famous rabbinical encyclopedia ‘Pahad Yi Ha’ (name derived from Gen. Xxxi. 42), the material for which he had begun to collect as early as his student days at Mantua, and on which he worked during his whole life. When he decided, in his old age, to publish this great work, he traveled together with his pupil Jacob Saraval, as the latter says in the preface of the correctors (Saraval and Simhah Callinari), through the Italian cities in order to secure the approbations (‘haskamot’) of the rabbinical authorities of Italy for the work. The collection of these approbations, which were given in 1749 and 1750, is a curious monument of the Jewish scholars of northern Italy in the eighteenth century; it includes sonnets and poems in other forms in honor of Lampronti. The following cities are represented by their yeshibahs or rabbis: Venice, Leghorn, Reggio, Verona, Ancona, Padua, Mantua, Casale Monferrato, Modena, Turin, Florence, Alessandria della Paglia, Pesaro, Finale, Lugo, Rovigo. In the second volume are added the approbations of R. Malachi b. Jacob Kohn of Leghorn, author of the ‘Yad Mal'aki, ’ and of three Palestinian scholars stopping at Ferrara. The work was planned to fill six volumes, as recorded in the printing permit of the Jewish communal directorate of Venice. But only the first volume and the first half of the second volume appeared during the author's lifetime. … Vol. Iii. Appeared in the same year; it contains: het, end (fol. 1-61), tet (fol. 63-93). These volumes were printed at the press of Isaac Foa (formerly Bragadini) at Venice. Two other volumes appeared in 1813 (vol. Iv, Reggio) and 1840 (vol. V, Leghorn); vol. Iv. Contains the letters yod (fol. 1-41a.), kaf (fol. 41a-108); lamed (specially paged, 1-26); … In 1845 the autograph manuscript of the entire work was acquired by the Bibliothèque Nationale of Paris, in 120 volumes, 68 of which corresponded with the parts that had so far appeared. The Paris manuscript also contains the author's Italian correspondence, which was not included in the edition (see Cat. Hebr. MSS. Bibliothèque Nationale. P. 61. Nos. 458-577). The society Mekize Nirdamim, on its foundation, took as one of its first tasks the publication of those portions of Lampronti's work which had not yet been printed. … the publication of the work was completed 127 years after the appearance of the first volume. Lampronti's work is an alphabetically arranged encyclopedia to the Talmud and Talmudic literature. In the censor's permit, dated June, 1749, prefixed to the first volume, it is designated as "Dizionario Rituale in Lingua Ebraica,” a designation which probably originated with the author. As a matter of fact Lampronti's encyclopedia deals chiefly with the Halakah, the material for the articles being taken from the entire halakic literature down to the latest responsa, which he had, in part, in manuscript. He devotes much space to discussing questions of ritual law, as found in the responsa of contemporary Italian rabbis. On some questions he gives the entire correspondence, as on fols. 9d-13a, 31d-37d, 46d-50a, 74b-76a, 79c-80b, 102b-107a, in the first volume. The arrangement is a characteristic feature of the work. Single words are used occasionally as headings for his articles, but more frequently he uses entire sentences, either as he found them in the sources, or as propositions derived from the sources.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Subjects: Jewish law - Dictionaries - Hebrew. Talmud - Dictionaries. Hebrew. Light wear to boards, remarkably clean and fresh throughout. Very good condition. (SPEC-36-26) (ID #31588) $325.00.
  188.  

     

     

     

     

     

  189. Anav, Jehiel Ben Jekuthiel Ben Benjamin; Jehiel Ben Asher; Zedekiah Ben Abraham Anau. TANYA RABATI:... KOVETS KOL HA-DINIM U-MINHAGIM HA-RE? UYIM LA-ISH HA-YISRE? ELI... HA-MEHABER... RABENU YEHIEL AHI RABENU YA'AKOV BA'AL HA-TURIM. Zolkiev; No Publisher, 1800. Later Cloth. 8vo. [156] pages 40 + 38 numbered leaves. 21 cm. Third edition. Tanya Rabati, an abridged form of Shibbole ha-Leket, attributed to either Jehiel ben Jekuthiel ben Benjamin Anav and/or Zedekiah ben Abraham Anau:” (13th century), Italian talmudist; author of the compendium, Shibbolei ha-Leket ('The Gleaned Ears'), which can perhaps be considered the first attempt in Italy at the codification of Jewish law... The Shibbolei ha-Leket is arranged in 13 arugot ('rows'), i. E, sections, and 372 shibbolim ('ears'), i. E, chapters. A shortened version of the Shibbolei ha-Leket was first printed in Venice in 1546 and achieved great popularity. There were at least two other abbreviated versions of the work, which was also plagiarized under the name of Tanya Rabbati.” (EJ 2008) “A complete edition of the 'Shibbole ha-Leket' was published by Solomon Buber in 1886 at Wilna. The editor wrote a comprehensive introduction to it, containing an analysis of the work. Abridgments of it were published much earlier: Venice (Daniel Bomberg), 1545; Dubnov, 1793; Salonica, 1795. Furthermore, it was plagiarized and published in a condensed form under the title 'Tanya, ' or 'Tanya Rabbati, ' which went through four editions: Mantua, 1514; Cremona, 1565; Zolkiev, 1800; Szydlikov, 1836. A third abridgment, entitled 'Ma'aseh ha-Geonim' (The Work of Old Authorities), circulated in manuscript and is extant in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.” (1906 JE). Printed on rag paper; double columns throughout; printers mark on last page. Later cloth, with gilt title on spine; contains bookstamp of Rabbi Stanley Platek. Subjects: Judaism - Customs and practices. Judaism - Liturgy. This edition is quite scarce, with only one listing on OCLC of this edition (Toronto). Light soiling to cloth, minor penciled notes on title page, lightly foxed throughout, otherwise clean. Good condition. (RAB-56-5) (ID #32622) $325.00.
  190.  

     

     

     

     

     

  191. Alshekh, Moses, Active 16th Century. MAR'OT HA-TSOV'OT: PERUSH 'AL NEVI'IM RISHONIM. Ofebakh; [Bi-Defus Bone Fanture De La Noi], [1719]. Original tooled calf. 4to. 71 leaves. 31 cm. In Hebrew. Marot Ha-Tsovot (Collected Vision), commentary on the Former Prophets. Printed by Israel ben Moses in the German city of Offenbach, at the printing house of Bonafentura de la noi (Israel Ben Moses, from a family of typesetters and printers, “persuaded De Launoy to add a branch to his press that would print only Hebrew books. With De Launoy's agreement, letters and ornamentation were ordered from Amsterdam, and, under Israel Ben Moses' supervision, the printing of Hebrew titles was begun. … Among the first titles printed in 1719 were Moses Alshekh's 'Mar'ot ha-Tsovot” - Marvin Heller, 'Printing the Talmud', p. 99); with printers marks of Israel ben Moses, and hand inscribed decorative loops on verso of leaf 3 and leaf 66. Added dedication inscription on front endpage in Rashi script, roughly translated as follows: “This book was given to by the famous and sharp Jewish community elder Joshua [...] Zvi Hirsch (Litles?) from (Shklavo?) when I was in his (yard? Court?) [...] near (Dobravni?) on the holidays of Sukkot, Genesis Thursday [yom heh Bereshit] on the 27th of Tishrei 1783 [takmad].” The author, Moses Alshekh was a “Rabbi in Safed, Palestine, in the second half of the sixteenth century, and son of Hayyim Alshech. He was a disciple of R. Joseph Caro, author of the 'Shulhan 'Aruk'; and his own disciples included the cabalist R. Hayyim Vidal. Although Alshech belonged to the circle of the cabalists who lived at Safed, his works very rarely betray any traces of the Cabala. He is celebrated as a teacher, preacher, and casuist.” (1906 JE) Printed on heavy ragpaper. Includes small pasted in censors stamp from 1776. Subjects: Bible. Former Prophets - Commentaries. OCLC lists 7 copies. Light rubbing to leather, top of backstrip torn, light soiling to margins throughout, overall fresh and clean. Good condition. (RAB-56-16) (ID #32633) $325.00.
  192.  

     

    DELUXE FACIMILES

     

     

  193. Bibas, Yosef Ben Yo'el. HAGADOT HA-TALMUD. Jerusalem; Bamberger Et Vahrman, 1961. Original Cloth. 4to. [2], [142], [1] leaves. 30 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added title page: Haggadoth hatalmud. Auctore anonymo Hispaniensi … With a poem by Joseph ben Joel Vivas and an index of Bible quotations. "Only 300 copies of this work issued.” Subjects: Aggada. Talmud. Selections.; Haggadoth hatalmud. Fascimile. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-3) (ID #32554) $175.00.
  194.  

     

     

     

     

     

  195. Kayara, Shim'on; Yehudai Ben Nahman. SEFER HALAKHOT GEDOLOT: KETAV YAD PARIZ 1402. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1971. Original full leather. 4to. [120] pages. 30 cm. First Fascimile edition. Sefer halachot gedolot: codex Paris 1402; 140 photocopies, by special permission of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. Variously ascribed to Simeon Kayyara and Yehudai ben Nahman. Finely bound fascimile reproduction of Halakhot Gedolot, a halakhic code from the Geonic period. OCLC lists 27 copies. Subjects: Jewish law - Early works to 1800. Fresh. Great condition. (RAB-55-9) (ID #32561) $100.00.
  196.  

     

     

     

     

     

  197. Codex Hamburg 169. TALMUD BAVLI MASEKHET HULIN: KETAV YAD HAMBURG 169... U-VO HILUFE NUSHA'OT RABIM. Yerushalayim: Makor, 1972. Original Full Leather. 4to. 144 pages. 30 cm. Fascimile edition of 160 copies. In Hebrew, with English title page: Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Hullin: Codex Hamburg 169: an important manuscript of Tractate Hullin, containing numerous textual variants. Of vital interest are the textual notes and variants collected by a late scribe and entered into the margins of the text. These notes are based on manuscripts and traditions otherwise unavailable. A page concordance index by Rabbi A. F. Sherry. Subjects: Talmud. Hullin – Commentaries. Manuscripts, Hebrew -- Facsimiles. Fresh and clean. Great condition. (RAB-55-10) (ID #32562) $100.00.
  198.  

     

     

     

     

     

  199. Fano, Ezra Ben Isaac. MIDRASH TANHUMA: DEFUS MANTOVAH, 323 (1563). Yerushalayim; Makor, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 106 leaves. 29 cm. Limited facsimile edition of 200 copies. Midrash Tanchuma: Mantua edition 1563. In the series: The first editions of the Midrashim. “Tanhuma C was first published at Constantinople in 1522, and was reprinted without emendation at Venice in 1545. The third edition, which served as a basis for all the later editions, was published at Mantua in 1563 by Meïr b. Abraham of Padua and Ezra of Fano. This edition contains several additions, consisting of single sentences as well as of entire paragraphs, which Ezra of Fano selected from two of the original manuscripts and also from the Yalkut. Ezra indicated the added matter by marking it with open hands, but in the following editions these marks were omitted, so that it is no longer possible to distinguish between original contents and material added by revisers. Ezra of Fano further added to his edition an index of all halakic decisions, as well as of the legends and parables contained in this midrash; this index has been retained in all later editions. … The third haggadic midrash to the Pentateuch bearing the name of Tanhuma contains many passages taken from A [oldest of the three, composed in the fifth century] and B [Yelammedenu; completely lost excepting citations in other works]. It is, in fact, an amended edition of the two earlier works, with various additions by later authors. Its homilies on Genesis are original, although they contain several revised passages from Tanhuma A as well as from the Yelammedenu, the Babylonian Talmud being largely drawn upon for additional interpretations and expositions.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Bible. Pentateuch - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Midrash Tanchuma, Mantua edition, 1563. Light shelf wear to cloth, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-16) (ID #32568) $125.00.
  200.  

     

     

     

     

     

  201. Ishmael Ben Elisha, Active 2nd Century. MEKHILTA, DEFUS RISHON KUSHTA 275 (1515): MEHADURAT TSILUM FAKSIMILI BAT 200 'OTUKIM. Yerushalaim; Makor, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 84 pages. 29 cm. In Hebrew. Limited facsimile edition of 200 copies. Originally published: Kushta (Constantinople), 1515. In the series: The First Editions of the Midrashim. OCLC lists 26 copies. Subjects: Midrash – Selections. Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael; Mechilta, first edition Constantinople, 1515; Sefer Mekhilta; Mechilta. OCLC lists 13 copies. Light shelf wear to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-11) (ID #32563) $80.00.
  202.  

     

     

     

     

     

  203. SIFRA. DEFUS VENETSYA 305 [1545] NIDPAS SHENIT BI-DEFUS OFSET.. Jerusalem; Makor, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 59 leaves. 29 cm. In Hebrew. Limited facsimile edition of 200 copies. Originally published by Daniel Bomberg, Venice. In the series: The first editions of the Midrashim. Subjects: Sifra (anoniem). Bible. O. T. Leviticus - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Sifra – Commentaries. Sifra, Venice edition, 1545; Zeh ha-Sefer Sifra; Sefer Sifra; Facsimile Collection. Condition. (RAB-55-12) (ID #32564) $150.00.
  204.  

     

     

     

     

     

  205. Alfasi, Isaac Ben Jacob; Shamma Friedman. HALAKHOT RABBATI OF R. ISAAC ALFASI: MS. JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF AMERICA RAB. 692; REPRODUCED IN FACSIM. WITH AN INTROD. [TWO VOLUME SET]. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1974. Quarter calf. 4to. (60 pages, 283 leaves) pages. 30 cm. Limited facsimile edition of 390 numbered copies. Copy number 105. Two volume set. Introduction in English ([2] leaves) inserted in volume 1. Housed in original cloth and faux-leather box; volumes contain elaborate gilt design on spine. A 13th-century manuscript of Alfasi's legal code, Halakhot Rabbati, reproduced in a facsimile edition with an introduction by Shamma Friedman, who established that the text is independent of the common later versions but similar to those from which medieval authorities quoted the code of Alfasi. “Alfasi's fame however rests on his great work Sefer ha-Halakhot (or Halakhot Rabbati). In the composition of this work Alfasi had a two fold purpose: (1) extracting all the halakhic material from the Talmud, ascertaining the decision, and providing a comprehensive compendium for ready reference; (2) preparing an essential summary of the Talmud, thereby facilitating its study. Concerning the first purpose Alfasi confined himself to those portions of the Talmud which were still operative and practiced, and excluded those of only academic importance. His code, therefore, covers the three orders, Mo'ed, Nashim, and Nezikin and the individual tractates Berakhot and Hullin.” (EJ 2008). Subjects: Halakhot rabbati. Jewish law - Early works to 1800. Manuscripts, Hebrew - 13th century. Manuscripts. Talmud. Nashim - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Light shelf wear to box, otherwise very fresh. Great condition. (RAB-56-30) (ID #32647) $150.00.
  206.  

     

     

     

     

     

  207. SIFRE, DEFUS RISHON, VENETSYAH, 306 (1546).. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 63 leaves. 29 cm. In Hebrew. Limited facsimile edition of 200 copies. Originally published: Venice 1546. In the series: The First Editions of the Midrashim. Subjects: Bible. Numbers - Commentaries - Early works to 1800.Bible. Deuteronomy - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Sifrei, 1st ed, Venice, 1546. Light shelf wear to cloth, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-13) (ID #32565) $150.00.
  208.  

     

     

     

     

     

  209. Toviyahu Ben Eli'ezer, Active 11th Century. PESIKTA ZUTARTA: DEFUS RISHON, VENETSYAH, 306 (1546).. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 93 leaves. 29 cm. Limited facsimile edition of 200 copies. Reprint of first edition, Venice, 1546. Pesikta zutreta: the first editions of the Midrashim. Tobiah ben Eliezer was a “Talmudist and poet of the eleventh century; author of the 'Lekah Tob' or 'Pesihta Zuhrta, ' a midrashic commentary on the Pentateuch and the Five Megillot. … Tobiah himself entitled his work 'Lekah Tob' in allusion to his name Tobiah; and it is so cited by the earlier rabbis, e.g, Ibn Ezra (l. C.), Asheri in 'Hilkot Tefillin, ' Zedekiah b. Abraham in 'Shibbole ha-Lekhet' (§ 118), and many others. Since the middle of the sixteenth century, however, it has been most often referred to as 'Pesi? Ta Zu? Arta' (= 'the Lesser Pesihta') in distinction to the 'Pesi? Ta Rabbati' (= 'the Greater Pesihta'). … the 'Lekah Tob' is both a simple commentary ('peshah '), giving the grammatical meaning of the words, and very often a haggadic commentary also. But in many instances Tobiah declares that the standard interpretation is the simple one. Even in his haggadic interpretation, which he derives from the Talmud and from the pre-Talmudic and post-Talmudic literatures, Tobiah manifests his love of good style. He endeavors to arrange the various midrashim in perfect order and to edit them in few words and clear language. He therefore shortens the midrashic passages, and, instead of the Aramaic in which those passages were written, renders them into good Hebrew, omitting also the foreign words which occur in the midrashim. In the parts of the Pentateuch which deal with the commandments he inserts many halakot, apparently taken from various halakic collections, particularly from Ahai Gaon's 'She'eltot. ' The Talmudic passages which he cites in connection with the halakot he often interprets according to his own judgment and differently from Rashi.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Subjects: Midrash. Bible. Leviticus -- Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Bible. Numbers - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Bible. Deuteronomy - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-14) (ID #32566) $150.00.
  210.  

     

     

     

     

     

  211. MIDRASH TANHUMA: DEFUS RISHON, KUSHTA, 280-282. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1971. Original Cloth. 4to. 216 pages. 31 cm. Limited facsimile edition of 200 copies. Midrash Tanchuma, first edition, Constantinople, 1520-1522. In the series: The first editions of the Midrashim. Midrash Tanhuma is the “name given to three different collections of Pentateuch haggadot. … The third haggadic midrash to the Pentateuch bearing the name of Tanhuma contains many passages taken from A [oldest of the three, composed in the fifth century] and B [Yelammedenu; completely lost excepting citations in other works]. It is, in fact, an amended edition of the two earlier works, with various additions by later authors. Its homilies on Genesis are original, although they contain several revised passages from Tanhuma A as well as from the Yelammedenu, the Babylonian Talmud being largely drawn upon for additional interpretations and expositions. The part referring to Exodus is borrowed almost entirely from the Yelammedenu, with the exception of the Wayakhel and Pekude sections, which contain homilies not embodied in the lost work. For the portions to the books of Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy the redactor of this midrash has made extensive use of the material that he found in Tanhuma A, which he has revised and supplied with numerous additions. The first authority to cite this midrash was Rashi, who in some passages of his commentary refers to Tanhuma C and not to the A collection (comp. Buber, l. C. Pp. 44 et seq.). Because of the fact that the third midrash contains much of the material of the lost Yelammedenu, the two works were often confounded. Some authorities believed that it was the Tanhuma C and not the Yelammedenu which had been lost (Menahem de Lonzano, in 'Ma'arik, ' s. V. 'Tanhuma'; comp. Azulai, 'Shem ha-Gedolim, ' ii.). Others erroneously considered this midrash identical with the Yelammedenu, thinking the work had a double title; and the first editions of Tanhuma C appeared, therefore, under the title 'Midrash Tanhuma, Called Also the Yelammedenu. ' Tanhuma C was first published at Constantinople in 1522, and was reprinted without emendation at Venice in 1545.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Subjects: Bible. Pentateuch - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Fascimile. Light sun bleaching to cloth, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-15) (ID #32567) $110.00.
  212.  

     

     

     

     

     

  213. Bibas, Yosef Ben Yo'el. HAGADOT HA-TALMUD. Jerusalem; Bamberger Et Vahrman, 1961. Original Cloth. 4to. [2], [142], [1] leaves. 30 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added title page: Haggadoth hatalmud. Auctore anonymo Hispaniensi … With a poem by Joseph ben Joel Vivas and an index of Bible quotations. "Only 300 copies of this work issued.” From the Library of Baruch Bokser, with his signature on endpage. Subjects: Aggada. Talmud. Selections.; Haggadoth hatalmud. Fascimile. Light sunning to corner of cloth, otherwise fresh, About Very Good condition. (RAB-55-3A) (ID #32555) $175.00.
  214.  

     

     

     

     

     

  215. Gabrielle Sed-Rajna; Samuel Ben Samuel Ibn Musa. TANAKH LISBON 243: LONDON HA-SIFRIYAH HA-BRITIT OR 2626 = LISBON BIBLE, 1482: BRITISH LIBRARY OR. 2626. Tel-Aviv; Nahar-Miskal, 1988. Original Full Leather. 4to. 21, 18 pages, 184 leaves. 30 cm. Facsimile of 1482 edition. Full color fascimile reproduction. Text in Hebrew; introduction in Hebrew and English. Original blind-tooled brown leather with gold lettering on front cover and spine. Facsimile copy of the strikingly colorful Hebrew Lisbon Bible manuscript of 1482. “The Lisbon Bible is the most accomplished dated codex of the Portuguese school of medieval Hebrew illumination. Its three volumes comprise all 24 books of the Hebrew Bible. Volume One contains the Torah, or the Five Books of Moses, also known as the Pentateuch. The second and third volumes contain the Prophets and the Hagiographa (Writings or Holy Writings) respectively. Added to the manuscript are lists of the Commandments in the Torah, as well as masoretic material, which give information on the correct spelling, reading and pronunciation of the biblical text. Samuel ben Samuel Ibn Musa, known as Samuel the Scribe, copied the biblical text in an elegant square script for the manuscript's patron Yosef ben Yehudah al-Hakim. The sumptuous decorations were created by a team of skilled artists. Completed in 1482, the Lisbon Bible is a testimony to the rich cultural life the Portuguese Jews experienced prior to the expulsion and forced conversions of December 1496. The British Museum (now the British Library) bought the manuscript in 1882. The present binding was crafted in 1954 and replaced the 16th century leather covers. Since Hebrew is written from right to left, the openings in the manuscript follow the same orientation.” (British Library). Subjects: Bible. - Old Testament - Manuscripts, Hebrew. Manuscripts, Hebrew - Portugal – Lisbon. Jewish illumination of books and manuscripts. Light shelf wear, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-55-32) xx (ID #32584) $145.00.
  216.  

     

     

     

     

     

  217. Yeivin, Israel. OSAF KIT'E HA-GENIZAH SHEL HA-MISHNAH BE-NIKUD BAVLI = A COLLECTION OF MISHNAIC GENIZA FRAGMENTS WITH BABYLONIAN VOCALIZATION. Yerushalayim; Hotsa'at Makor, 1974. Original Quarter Leather. 4to. 25, 222, 12 pages. 30 cm. Limited edition of 360 numbered copies. Copy number 77. In Hebrew, with English 4 page introduction tipped in, and 12 page english list of plates at rear. Added English title page: A collection of Mishnaic geniza fragments with Babylonian vocalization; with description of the manuscripts and indices. Collection of Mishnaic geniza fragments from various libraries worldwide, with introductory notes on babylonian dialects and systems of punctuation. Subjects: Cairo Genizah. Manuscripts, Hebrew -- Facsimiles. Hebrew language, Talmudic - Vocalization. Light shelf wear to outer edges, overall very fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-44) xx (ID #32598) $150.00.
  218.  

     

     

     

     

     

  219. Eliezer Ben Hyrcanus; Chaim M Horowitz. PIRKE DE-RABI ELI'EZER. MAHADURAH MADA'IT, KETAV YAD RAHAM HOROVITS. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1972. Original Quarter Leather. 4to. 200 pages. 29 cm. An edition of 200 photocopies of the editor's original manuscript, from his personal copy of the Pirke De Rabbi Eliezer. In Hebrew. English title: Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer: a critical edition, codex C. M. Horowitz. Spine title: Pirke de Rabbi Eliezer, Codex Horovitz. "A complete critical edition of Pirke De Rabbi Eliezer as prepared by C. M. Horowitz but never published. Include textual variants from fifteen manuscripts, notes, commentaries and parallels from Rabbinic literature.” Traditionally attributed to Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, dated 1504. A “Mahadura Madait [a Scientific Edition] of Pirqé R. El. Prepared by Chaim Meir Horowitz... Horowitz used the Venice edition of 1544 as his 'copy-text. ' The Venice edition is based on the first edition of Constantinople, (1514), but Horowitz provides numerous interlinear corrections to what he considers 'mistakes' in the first edition. Friedlander and Haag have noted that almost all later printed editions are dependent on this text, although often corrupted by editors or censors. Horowitz took the Venice edition, gave each line a number and 'corrected' it according to the readings of fifteen manuscripts, parallel texts and other editions. In addition to the facsimile of the Venice edition with Horowitz’ corrections, the Makor volume also contains three significant lists prepared by Horowitz. 'The list of the books from which I copied variant readings and which I used or mentioned in my book and my introduction, plus the manuscripts. ' Horowitz lists two hundred twenty books in Roman Numerals in his edition. (These are numbered as 1-153, and 183-250; numbers 154-182 are lacking.) 'The list of midrashim, targums and aggadic books whose expositions are quoted in Pirqé R. El, or which copied from it (i.e.Pirqé R. El.) that I used in this (edition). ' 'Expositions that are quoted in books that are no longer found but that utilized Pirqé R. El. ' Unfortunately, the lists give only the title of the works, leaving out publication information for printed texts or adequate identification for manuscripts.” ('Is Every Medieval Hebrew Manuscript a New Composition? The Case of Pirqé Rabbi Eliezer' by Lewis M. Barth). Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Incunabula, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Pirkei de-Rabbi Eliezer - Criticism, Textual. Bible. Genesis - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Bible. Exodus - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Light shelf wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-43) (ID #32597) $150.00.
  220.  

     

     

     

     

     

  221. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. MIDRASH VAYIKRA RABAH: SIFRE BAMIDBAR U-DEVARIM: KETAV YAD VATIKAN 32, VAT. EBR. 32: BE-TSERUF DIVRE PETIHAH U-MAFTEAH HA-DAPIM.. Yerushalayim; Hotsa'at Makor, 1972. Original Quarter Leather. 4to. 230 pages. 31 cm. Limited facsimile edition of 160 copies by special permission of the Vatican Library. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Midrash Leviticus Rabbah; Sifre Numbers Deutoronomy: Codex Vatican 32 (Vat. Ebr. 32). “Vat. Ebr. 32. 115 ff. Parchment. Southern Italy, early-mid 11th century. Early Italian square scripts. 1. Midrash Leviticus Kabbah. At the end of the text of the Midrash on f. 38r the second scribe added a shortened poetical form of Grace after Meals (Birkat ha-Mazon). 2. Polemical responsa to the minim (i. E, Christians) by Meshullam [b. Kalonymus]. 3. Sifrei. Halakhic midrash to the books of Numbers (ff. 39v-77v) and Deuteronomy (ff. 78r-115v). One of the earliest and most accurate extant manuscripts of this work. Used for variants in the Leipzig 1917 edition of Sifrei Numbers and as the basis of the Berlin 1939 edition by L. Finkelstein. Written by six hands. Scribe 1 copied ff. Lr-14r; scribe 2 copied ff. 14r-38r and 39v-72v; scribe 3, Judah b. Moses added the text on blank pages (ff. 38v-39r) and a colophon in which he stated that he made the copy for Ulsherago b. Levi. Part of this faded copy was retraced in a darker ink. Scribe 4 copied ff. 73r-77v and 82r-83v; scribe 5 copied ff. 78r-81v and scribe 6 copied ff. 84r-115v. A facsimile edition of this manuscript with an introduction [by D. Rosenthal]." (Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library Catalogue.) Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Bible. Numbers - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Bible. Deuteronomy - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Very good + condition. (RAB-55-42) (ID #32596) $150.00.
  222.  

     

     

     

     

     

  223. Sherry, A. F. MIDRASH BERSHIT RABAH. KITAV YAD VATIKAN 60 (VAT. EBR. 60).. Yerushalayim: Makor, 1972. Original Quarter Leather. 4to. 342 pages. 30 cm. Limited fascimile edition of 160 copies. Added English title page: Midrash Bereshit Rabba: Codex Vatican 60. (Ms. Vat. Ebr.60.): a previously unknown manuscript, recently established as the earliest and most important version of Bereshit Rabba. “Vat. Ebr. 60. 172 ff. (old foliation: 7-80, 82-113, 115-144, 144 bis -174, 177-181). Parchment. 223x193 (173x157) mm. Quinions. Two columns. Italy, 11th century. Italian square script. Midrash Genesis Rabbah. First edition Constantinople 1512. J. Theodor and Ch. Albeck, the editors of the critical edition, Bereschit Rabba mit kritischem Apparat und Kommentar (Berlin 1912-1936), were unaware of the existence of this manuscript. One folio of the text at the beginning is missing. The remainder of the text was missing from the exemplar from which this manuscript was copied. Five folios (the first half of a quire) are missing between ff. 167-168. F. 172, a torn folio from another manuscript bound with this codex, is a fragment from another midrash on pericope Va-Yehi. On f. 171v a faded bill of sale, only partly legible. The manuscript was sold by Judah b. Elijah and his widow Berukhah daughter of Nathan." (Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library Catalogue.) Original publishers brochure laid in endpages. Subjects: Biblioteca apostolica vaticana. Manuscript. Vat. Ebr. 60. Midrash rabbah. Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Genesis. Light rubbing to leather spine, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-41) (ID #32595) $150.00.
  224.  

     

     

     

     

     

  225. Lieberman, Saul; A F Sherry. TALMUD YERUSHALMI, KETAV YAD VATIKAN. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1970. Original Quarter Leather. 4to. 84, 301 pages. 30 cm. Limited edition of 135 copies. Text in Hebrew. Added English title page: Talmud Yerushalmi: (Codex Vatican. Vat. Ebr. 133) 135 photocopies, by special permission of the Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana. With an introduction by S. Liberman. A page concordance index to the Venice edition by A. P. Sherry. Handbound leather spine, with cloth boards. Late 13th-early 14th century. Ashkenazic square scripts. The manuscript was produced in unison by five different scribes for the same owner. In his substantial introduction, Professor Saul Lieberman emphasizes that the standard printing of the Talmud Yerushalmi contains many errors and significant textual corruption. He identifies the different types of errors, some of which are of a general nature found in numerous Hebrew and rabbinic texts and some are specific to the Yerushalmi. There is also a cross reference index prepared by Rabbi Sherry between the manuscript and Daniel Bomberg’s Venice edition of the Yerushalmi printed in 1523/4. This facsimile has been made from a manuscript in the Vatican library which contains numerous important rabbinic manuscripts. Subjects: Talmud Yerushalmi - Criticism, Textual. Talmud Yerushalmi. Sotah - Criticism, Textual. Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Contains laid in review from the journal Conservative Judaism. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (RAB-55-40) (ID #32594) $200.00.
  226.  

     

     

     

     

     

  227. Maimonides, Moses. MISHNAH KETAV YAD PARMAH "3": DEH ROSSI 984: SEDARIM NASHIM NEZIKIN, 'IM PERUSH HA-RAMBAM BE-'IVRIT.. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1971. Original Quarter Leather. 4to. 530 pages. 33 cm. A limited facsimile edition of 160 copies, by special permission of the Bibliotheca Palatina, Parma. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Mishna codex Parma "C": De Rossi 984, Sedarim Nashim Nezikin, with the Hebrew version of Maimonides' commentary. Commentaries on the Mishnah, entitled "Kitab al-Siraj.” Finely bound fascimile of the manuscripts. Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew -- Facsimiles. Mishnah. Nezikin -- Commentaries. Mishnah. Nashim -- Commentaries. Light shelf wear, overall very fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-39) (ID #32593) $150.00.
  228.  

     

     

     

     

     

  229. Maimonides, Moses; S Z Havlin. MISHNEH TORAH LE-RAMBAM = MISHNE TORAH OF MAIMONDES: MOSES BEN SHEALTIEL ED, SPAIN OR PORTUGAL BEFORE 1492 OR 1497. Jerusalem; Makor Pub, 1975. Original Quarter Leather over boards. 4to. [20] 314 pages. 31 cm. Limited facsimile edition of 390 numbered copies. Number 153. In Hebrew. Mishneh Torah le-Rambam: mi-defus Mosheh ben She'alti'el Sefarad o Portugal kodem 252 o 257. "Facsimile edition of the copy in the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.” Summary of introduction in English and supplement to Hebrew introduction ([3] leaves) inserted in back. The Mishneh Torah ("Repetition of the Torah”) was compiled between 1170 and 1180 (4930-4940), while Maimonides was living in Egypt, and is regarded as Maimonides' magnum opus. Maimonides "Mishneh Torah, ' on which he labored for ten successive years. In this book he planned a complete legal system which should give in a brief but clear form the final decision in the case of each law, so that, by the omission of long discussions and demonstrations, every regulation, law, and custom of religious life might be learned without any other manual. He named the work, therefore, the 'Mishneh Torah, ' or the 'Second Law, ' since it was only necessary to read first the written Torah and then this work in order to acquire the entire body of the so-called 'oral law. ' The book contains all definitions of the Law together with all traditional explanations, statutes, and regulations, as well as the traditions and explanations of the Geonim and the customs which were given, introduced, or recognized from the time of Moses to the conclusion of the Talmud (Preface to the 'Mishneh Torah'). It includes also the ethical ideas, the moral teachings, and the doctrinal principles which were traditional or which had been established by the sages or adopted by general consent.” (1906 JE) Subjects: Jewish law. Incunabula – Facsimiles. Light shelf wear to cloth, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-36) (ID #32588) $200.00.
  230.  

     

     

     

     

     

  231. Aghmati, Zechariah Ben Judah, Active 12th Century-13th Century; Jacob Leveen. A DIGEST OF COMMENTARIES ON THE TRACTATES BABHA KAMMA, BABHA MESI`A AND BABHA BHATHERA OF THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD. London; Trustees Of The British Museum, 1961. Original Cloth. 4to. 18, 314 pages. 26 cm. Fascimile edition. In Hebrew. "Reproduced in facsimile from the unique manuscript in the British Museum Or. 10013." Compiled by Zachariah ben Judah Aghmati; edited, with an introduction by Jacob Leveen. Subjects: Talmud. Bava batra - Commentaries. Talmud. Bava kamma - Commentaries. Talmud. Bava mezia – Commentaries. Light wear to jacket, with frayed edges, light soiling to outer edges, internally clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-55-28) (ID #32580) $55.00.
  232.  

     

     

     

     

     

  233. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana. TARGUM ERETS YISRA'EL LA-TORAH: KETAV YAD VATIKAN (NE'OFITI 1) = THE PALESTINIAN TARGUM TO THE PENTATEUCH, CODEX VATICAN (NEOFITI 1) [TWO VOLUME SET]. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 2 volumes (448 leaves). 35 cm. Fascimile edition. Limited edition of 140 copies. In Aramaic, with added English title page: The Palestinian Targum to the Pentateuch, Codex Vatican (Neofiti 1): the earliest and complete Palestinian Targum to the Pentateuch, considered lost, and discovered during the last century in the only manuscript. "By special authorization of the Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana.” Volume 1. Be-reshit, Shemot – Volume 2. Va-yikra, Ba-midbar, Devarim. Attractively bound fascimile reprint of Codex Neofiti, consisting of 450 well preserved folios, and discovered in the Vatican library in 1949. Subjects: Manuscripts, Aramaic - Facsimiles. Bible. Pentateuch. Aramaic. Targum Yerushalmi. Light wear to cloth and outer edges, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-34) (ID #32586) $250.00.
  234.  

     

     

     

     

     

  235. Shim'on, Ha-Darshan, Mi-Frankfort, Active 11th Century. YALKUT SHIM'ONI: NEVI'IM U-KHETUVIM: SALONIKI 281 (1521). [TWO VOLUME SET]. Yerushalayim: Makor, 1973. Original Cloth. 4to. [280]; [472] pages. 28 cm. A limited facsimile edition of 250 copies. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Yalkut Shimoni, Prophets and Hagiographa. First edition Salonique 1527. “Yalkut Shimoni (usually referred to as 'the Yalkut' of Simeon of Frankfurt) the best known and most comprehensive midrashic anthology, covering the whole Bible. … The aim of the compiler of the Yalkut was to assimilate the bulk of rabbinical sayings at his disposal, following the order of the verses of the Bible. It contains more than 10, 000 statements in aggadah and halakhah, covering all the books of the Bible, most of its chapters, and including commentaries on a substantial part of individual verses. He collected material from more than 50 works (in halakhah and in aggadah) both early and late. The Yalkut is the only source for some of them, including Sifrei Zuta, Yelammedenu, Midrash Esfah, Midrash Avkir, Midrash Tadshe, Devarim Zuta, etc. The identification of these works was made possible in part by the author's custom of noting the source for his statement (in the manuscripts they are in the margin, in the first printed edition in the text, and in later printed editions again in the margin). … The chief printed editions of the Yalkut Shimoni are Salonika editions, Prophets and Hagiographa (1521) and Pentateuch (1526). To this edition a kunteres aharon (addendum) was added (at the end of part 1) containing 256 remazim from the aggadot of the Jerusalem Talmud, with deviations from the present order of the tractates and 55 remazim from the Midrash Yelammedenu on the Pentateuch to all of which cross-references occur in the main work. This addendum was omitted from all subsequent editions. Since then the Yalkut has been published frequently but many errors have crept into it. For accurate reading one can rely only on the Salonika edition, which was published from manuscripts, and on the manuscripts available today in the libraries of Oxford, Vienna, Parma, and Hamburg, although they are mostly fragmentary and even in their totality do not cover all the books of the Bible.” (2008 Encyclopedia Judaica). Subjects: Midrash. Bible. Prophets - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Bible. Hagiographa - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. OCLC lists 18 copies. Light tear to crown of backstrip on volume two, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-17) (ID #32569) $150.00.
  236.  

     

     

     

     

     

  237. Ibn Gaon, Shem Tov Ben Abraham, Active 13th Century-14th Century; D S Loewinger. BADE HA-ARON U-MIGDAL HANAN'EL. Jerusalem; Mizrah U-Ma'arav, 1977. Original Full Leather. 4to. 39, 233 pages. 26 cm. Fascimile edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Bade ha-aron u-Migdal Hananel, of Rabbi Shem Tov Abraham b. Gaon; Based on a Manuscript 840, in the National Library, Paris; Edited by David Samuel Loewinger. Shem-Tob Ben Abraham Ibn Gaon: Spanish Talmudist and cabalist; born at Soria, Spain, 1283; died, probably in Palestine, after 1330. … 'Badde ha-Aron u-Migdal Hanan'el, ' a cabalistic work in five parts, finished in the month of Iyyar, 1325, and named by Shem-Tob after his traveling companion, Hananeel b. Azkara, who died before reaching his destination.” (1906 JE). Attractively bound in half leather and gilt design. Subjects: Cabala – Fascimile. OCLC lists 17 copies. Light wear to outer edges, otherwise very fresh and clean. Great condition. (RAB-55-30) (ID #32582) $150.00.
  238.  

     

     

     

     

     

  239. Ibn Shuaib, Joshua, Active 14th Century; Shraga Abramson. DERASHOT 'AL HA-TORAH. Yerushalayi; Makor, 1969. Original Cloth. 4to. 51 pages, 96 leaves. 28 cm. Fascimile of the Cracow 1573 edition. In Hebrew. Added title page: Book of homilies on the Pentateuch. “Joshua Ibn Shuaib: Preacher and cabalist; flourished about 1328. He was a pupil of Solomon ben Adret and the teacher of Menahem ibn Zerah. Together with Shem-Tob ben Abraham ibn Gaon, he was accused by Isaac the Blind of Acco of untrustworthiness in his account of the utterances and explanations of his teachers. Shu'aib was the author of 'Derashot al ha-Torah, ' homilies on the Pentateuch.” (1906 JE) Subjects: Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Jewish sermons. Bible. Pentateuch. Bible. Pentateuch - Sermons. Light wear to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-29) (ID #32581) $125.00.
  240.  

     

     

     

     

     

  241. Biblioteca Palatina Di Parma; Manuscript H 138.. SHISHAH SIDRE MISHNAH; KETAV-YAD PARMAH, DEH ROSSI 138: KETAV-YAD KADUM SHEL HA-MISHNAH MENUKAD 'AL-PI MASOROT 'IVRIYOT KEDUMOT [TWO VOLUME SET]. Yerushalayim; Kedem, 1970. Original Cloth. 4to. 2 volumes (391 pages). 31 cm. Limited edition of 135 copies by special permission of the Bibliotheca Palatina, Parma. In Hebrew. Contains: [1] Zera'im, Mo'ed, Nashim, Nezikin - [2] kodashim, tohorot. English title page: Mishna codex Parma (De Rossi 138); an early vowelized manuscript of the complete Mishna text. Dated approximately 1073. “The Parma manuscript contains Italian glosses in Hebrew characters in an Italian dialect identified by L. Cuomo, 'Antichissime glosse salentine nel codice ebraico di Parma, De Rossi, 138.' Medioevo Romanzo, iv (1977), pp. 185-271 as a dialect originating in Otranto in Apulia, southern Italy."(Hebrew Manuscripts in the Vatican Library Catalogue.) Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Light soiling to outer edges, minor notes on endpages, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (RAB-55-38) (ID #32592) $250.00.
  242.  

     

     

     

     

     

  243. David Ben Levi, Of Narbonne; Menasseh Grossberg. SEFER HAM-MIKTAM `AL MASSEKET MEGILLAH. SEFER HAM-MIKTAM `AL MASSEKET JOMA / DAWID BEN-LEWI. Jerusalem; Makor, 1968. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, [44], [14], [52] pages. 22 cm. Facsimile reprint of edition published: Lemberg, 1904. Hebrew and German title pages: Michtam zu Tractat Megilla von Rabbi David b. Lewi; nach einer Handschrift aus Britisch Museum in London mit Anmerkungen von Menasse Grosberg, London. “David Ben Levi Rabbi of Narbonne, France; flourished at the end of the thirteenth century. From the fact that he speaks of R. Samuel Shekili, who was probably his master, as of one already dead, it is likely that he lived on into the fourteenth century. He wrote an important work called 'Miktam', containing the halakic decisions of the Talmud arranged in the order in which they occur in the latter. This book is often quoted in the 'Orhot Hayyim' of Aaron ha-Kohen, in the 'Kol Bo' of David Abudarham, and in the 'Bet Yosef' of Joseph Caro. In the consultations of R. Solomon b. Adret are found decisions signed 'David b. Levi, author of the 'Miktam. ' David corresponded with Isaac b. Isaac of Chinon, who called him his master. A part of the 'Miktam' is still extant in manuscript in the collection of Baron Günzburg; the collection of Halberstamm contained a fragment of David's commentary on Alfasi.” (1906 JE). Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - England – London. Talmud. Megillah – Commentaries. OCLC lists 3 copies of fascimile edition. Light wear to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-25) (ID #32577) $100.00.
  244.  

     

     

     

     

     

  245. Israeli, Isaac, 14th Cent. SEFER YESOD 'OLAM. Yerushalayim; Makor, 1969. Original Cloth. 8vo. [186], [14] pages. 25 cm. Fascimile edition. In Hebrew. Originally published Berlin 1777. “Isaac Ben Joseph Israeli (the Younger): Spanish astronomer; flourished at Toledo in the first half of the fourteenth century. He was a pupil of Asher ben Jehiel, at whose request (in 1310) he wrote the astronomical work 'Yesod 'Olam, ' the best contribution on that subject to Hebrew literature. It treats of geometry and trigonometry as introductory to the subject-matter; of the structure and position of the globe; of the number and movements of the celestial spheres; of the time differences in days and nights in the various parts of the earth; of the movements of sun and moon; of the solstices, the neomeniæ, the eclipses, and the leap-years; it contains as well astronomical tables and a perpetual calendar. It also deals (iv, § 17) with the chronological systems of other nations, especially Christian; and gives (iv, § 18) in chronological order the noted personages of the Biblical, Talmudic, and geonic periods, following the 'Sefer ha-Kabbalah' of Abraham ibn Daud. This last was included by Zacuto in his 'Sefer ha-Yuhasin. ' The 'Yesod 'Olam' was first published at Berlin, in 1777, by Jacob Shklower. A more complete edition, with a preface by David Cassel, was published by B. Goldberg and L. Rosenkranz (ib. 1848). Israeli's work was much studied in the Middle Ages. Isaac al-Hadib, Judah Bassan, and Elijah Mizrahi annotated it, and an anonymous author wrote a commentary to it (Neubauer, 'Cat. Bodl. Hebr. MSS. ' Nos. 2044, 746, 5). An abridgment was made in Arabic by the author's son Joseph Israeli ben Isaac, of which the Hebrew translation, 'Kitsur Yesod 'Olam, ' is still extant (ib. No. 1319, 6). Israeli was also the author of two other astronomical works, 'Sha'ar ha-Shamayim' and 'Sha'ar ha-Milu'im, ' both extant in manuscript (ib. No. 2046).” (1906 JE). Subjects: Astronomy - Early works to 1800. Time (Jewish law). Rosh Hodesh. OCLC lists 8 copies of fascimile reprint. Light wear to cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-23) (ID #32575) $100.00.
  246.  

     

     

     

     

     

  247. Judah Ben Samuel, Approximately 1150-1217; Ivan G Marcus. SEFER HASIDIM: K.Y. PARMAH H 3280 [INSCRIBED BY EDITOR]. Yerushalayim; Merkaz Dinur, 1985. Original Cloth. 8vo. 31, 406, X pages. 25 cm. Fascimile edition. In Hebrew, with English summary and title page: Sefer Hasidim. Ms. Parma H 3280. First complete fascimile edition of this manuscript, also known as De Rossi MS. No. 1133. Inscribed by editor, Ivan G Marcus, dedicated to Ismar Schorsch, 1986. “Judah Ben Samuel He-Hasid of Regensburg: Ethical writer and mystic; died Feb. 22, 1217. He was descended from an old family of cabalists from the East that had settled in Germany. … The principal work, however, with which Judah's name is connected is the 'Sefer Hasidim' (Bologna, 1538; Basel, 1580, and often reprinted [see Steinschneider, 'Cat. Bodl. ' col. 1320]; published according to De Rossi MS. No. 1133 [which contains many variant readings and represents an older text] in Mekihe Nirdamim collection by Judah Wistinetzki, Berlin, 1891-93). The book contains ethical, ascetic, and mystical sentences, intermingled with elements of German popular belief. It deals (§§ 1-13) with piety (heading, 'Shemuel'; so-called 'Sefer ha-Yir'ah'); (§§ 14-26), reward and punishment, penitence, the hereafter, etc. (heading, 'Sefer ha-Hasidim'; so-called 'Sefer Teshubah'); (§§ 27-489), authorship of the book, pride, the hereafter and retribution, penitence and sinful desires, fasting and fast-days, suspicion, public mortification, martyrdom, etc. (heading, 'Zeh Sefer ha-Hasidim'); (§§ 490-638), the Sabbath; (§§ 639-746), tefillin, Tsitsit, mezuzot, books; (§§ 747-856), the study of the Law; (§§ 857-929), charity; (§§ 930-970), reverence for parents; (§§ 971-1386), piety, worship of God, prayer, visiting the sick, etc.; (§§ 1387-1426), excommunication and oaths; the final paragraphs repeat and amplify upon matter previously discussed.” (1906 JE) Subjects: Jewish ethics - Early works to 1800. Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Light wear to outer edges of cloth, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-22) (ID #32574) $125.00.
  248.  

     

     

     

     

     

  249. Mizrahi, Elijah, Approximately 1450-1526; Elijah Ben Hayyim, 1530-1610. MAYIM 'AMUKIM. Yerushalayim; No Publisher, 1969. Original Cloth. 4to. [208] pages. 29 cm. Reduced photo-offset of Berlin, 1778 edition. In Hebrew. Includes 40 responses by Elijah Mizrahi and 101 responses by Elijah ben Hayyim; includes also a discussion by Nahman [ben Tsevi Hirsh] me-Amsterdam. “Elijah ben Abraham (Re'em), Mizrahi: Turkish rabbi and mathematician; born at Constantinople about 1455; died there 1525 or 1526. … At the death of Moses Capsali (c. 1495), Mizrahi succeeded him as grand rabbi or hakam bashi of the Ottoman empire, which office he held till his death. Like his predecessor, Mizrahi had a seat in the divan assigned to him by the sultan beside the mufti and above the patriarch of the Christians... He declared that it was the duty of the Rabbinites to consider the Karaites as Jews, and that Elijah ha-Levi and Eliezer Capsali, whose piety nobody doubted, were of the same opinion. He was opposed also to certain innovations of the cabalists with regard to the interpretation of the Bible... 'She'elot u-Teshubot, ' a collection of responsa in two parts: part i, containing 100 responsa (Constantinople, 1546); part ii, containing 39 responsa, printed with the responsa of Elijah ibn Hayyim under the title 'Mayim 'Amukkim' (Venice, 1647).” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Subjects: Responsa -- 1040-1600. Jewish sermons. OCLC lists four copies of this fascimile reprint. Institutional stamps on backstrip and endpages, internally very fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-20) (ID #32572) $100.00.
  250.  

     

     

     

     

     

  251. Kaufmann, David; Georg Beer. FAKSIMILE-AUSGABE DES MISCHNACODEX KAUFMANN A. 50: MIT GENEHMIGUNG DER UNGARISCHEN AKADEMIE DER WISSENSCHAFTEN IN BUDAPEST [TWO VOLUME SET]. Jerusalem; No Publisher, 1967. Original Cloth. 4to. 571 pages. 31 cm. Reprint of Hague, 1929 edition. Two volume set. In Hebrew. Volume 1: Zera'im, Mo'ed, Nashim – Volume 2: Nezikin, kodashim, tohorot. Limited fascimile edition of 115 copies. The famous Codex from the library of David Kaufmann, and named after him; an early Mishna manuscript, composed around 950-1050, and one of the most complete extant copies of the Mishna in existence. Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Hebrew language. Light cloth wear, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-55-19) (ID #32571) $275.00.
  252.  

     

     

     

     

     

  253. Shim'on, Ha-Darshan, Mi-Frankfort, Active 11th Century. YALKUT SHIM'ONI 'AL HA-TORAH: TSILUM HA-DEFUS HA-RISHON, SALONIKI R.P.'A-R.P.Z. [FIVE VOLUME SET]. Yerushalayim; No Publisher, [1967]. Original Cloth. 4to. [132]; [176]; [177 – 418]; [419-596] pages. 28 cm. Limited edition of 200 copies. Fascimile reprint of Salonika, 1521-1527 edition. Five volume complete set: Volume 1: Sefer Bereshit; Volume 2: Ve-'Elu Shemot; Volume 3: Va-yikra'; Volume 4: Sefer Ba-midbar Sinai; Volume five: Sefer 'Eleh ha-Devarim. Yalkut Shimoni (usually referred to as 'the Yalkut' of Simeon of Frankfurt) the best known and most comprehensive midrashic anthology, covering the whole Bible. Subjects: Manuscripts, Hebrew - Facsimiles. Bible - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Light wear to cloth, overall very fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-18) (ID #32570) $500.00.
  254.  

     

     

     

     

     

  255. Jewish Theological Seminary Of America. Library. TARGUM TO THE FORMER PROPHETS: CODEX NEW YORK 229 FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY OF AMERICA = TARGUM LI-NEVI'IM RISHONIM. Jerusalem; Makor, 1974. Original Quarter Leather over boards. 4to. 34, [4], 226 pages. 30 cm. Facsimile edition of 360 numbered copies. Number 45. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Targum to the Former prophets; Codex New York 229; introductory remarks by A. Diez Macho. Introduction in English ([3] p.) inserted. Codex 229 Manuscripts contain a major portion of the Former Phrophets; written in a Yemenite hand; the Hebrew shows a Tiberian influence, but the Aramaic is Babylonian in influence; the date of composition is uncertain. Subjects: Bible. Former Prophets - Criticism, Textual. Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Library. Manuscript. MS L229. Light wear to cloth, very fresh and clean. Very good condition. (RAB-55-35) (ID #32587) $300.00.
  256.  

     

     

     

     

     

  257. Yedidyah Ben 'avraham Yisra'el. SEFER SHIR YEDIDUT. [Cracow], [1644]. Original Cloth. 8vo. [244] pages. 22 cm. Fascimile edition. In Hebrew. 'Song of Friendship'. Later fascimile edition, no publisher or date stated. Nicely printed, bound in blue cloth with gilt title and design. “Jedidiah (Gottlieb) Ben Abraham Israel: Galician preacher and Masorite; lived at Lemberg in the seventeenth century. He wrote: 'Ahabat ha-Shem, ' fifty haggadic expositions on Deut. X. 12 (Cracow, 1641; Lublin, 1645); 'Shir Yedidut, ' commentary on the Masorah, in four parts and in alphabetical order (ib. 1644).” (1906 JE). Subjects: Masorah – Commentary. Fascimile. OCLC lists two copies of first edition, none listed of this reprint. Clean and fresh. Great condition. (RAB-55-24) (ID #32576) $100.00.
  258.  

     

    FICTION AND POETRY

     

     

  259. Agnon, Shmuel Yosef. ATEM REITEM: PESHATIM U-MIDRASHIM. Jerusalem; Shoken, 1959. Publishers cloth. 4to. [226] pages. 30 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Attem Re'item (Atem Reitem - Ye Have Seen; You are witnesses), a collection of Midrashic commentaries related to the revelation (the giving of the torah) at Sinai, collected and poetically rendered by Nobel Prize winning author S. Y. Agnon. This was later translated into English as “Present at Sinai: The Giving of the Law” translated by Michael Swirsky (Jewish Publication Society, 1994). Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888–1970) was a “Hebrew writer; Nobel Laureate in literature. One of the central figures in modern Hebrew fiction, his works deal with major contemporary spiritual concerns: the disintegration of traditional ways of life, the loss of faith, and the subsequent loss of identity. His many tales about pious Jews are an artistic attempt to recapture a waning tradition.” (EJ 2008). Subjects: Revelation on Sinai. Aggada. Aggadah. Light soiling to original jacket and outer edges, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very Good Condition in Very Good- Jacket. (SPEC-36-42) (ID #32130) $200.00.
  260.  

     

     

     

     

     

  261. Grade, Chaim. translated From The Yiddish by Curt Leviant. THE YESHIVA. VOL I only. New York, Bobbs-Merrill, 1967. Hardcover, Half cloth, 8vo. 394 pages. Volume one only (stands alone - Volume two was issued later). First American edition. In English. "Grade (1910-1982), born in Vilna, was a Yiddish writer. He was first published in 1932, in Dos Vort, and his first book, Yo, was published four years later. As a member of the Yung Vilne group, Grade “ought both to synthesize secular Yiddish culture with new currents in world literature, and to bring the impoverished Jewish home into contact with the progressive forces of contemporary society.” After WWII, which he spent in Russia, he became a kind of Jewish national poet, as he worked to confront the tragedy in his writing." (EJ, 2007) Small chip and tear to jacket. Very good condition in Good jacket,. Pictorial end papers. (RAB-54-25) (ID #31899) $65.00.(Vol II also available, please enquire)
  262.  

     

     

     

     

     

  263. Grade, Chaim. THE YESHIVA. VOL. I & II. New York: Menorah, 1977.. Paperback, 8vo. 399 pages. SUBJECT(S): Fiction. ISBN: 0932232051. Grade (1910-1982), born in Vilna, was a Yiddish writer. He was first published in 1932, in Dos Vort, and his first book, Yo, was published four years later. As a member of the Yung Vilne group, Grade “ought both to synthesize secular Yiddish culture with new currents in world literature, and to bring the impoverished Jewish home into contact with the progressive forces of contemporary society.” After WWII, which he spent in Russia, he became a kind of Jewish national poet, as he worked to confront the tragedy in his writing. (EJ, 2007). Very Good Condition + (RAB-30-5A) (ID #24765) $140.00.
  264.  

     

     

     

     

     

  265. Jedaiah Ben Abraham Bedersi; Lisser, Eliezer Ben Solomon. BEHINOT HA-OLAM. [Lvov], 1861. Original boards. 8vo. [108] pages, 21 cm. In Hebrew. Vocalized text. Popular poetical and philosophical work on the vanity of worldly things by R. Jedaiah ben Abraham Bedersi (ha-Penini, c. 1270–1340). This edition is printed with the text of Behinat Olam on the top of the page and the commentaries below. "Behinat ha-'Olam' (The Examination of the World), called also by its first words, 'Shamayim la-Rom' (Heaven's Height), a didactic poem written after the banishment of the Jews from France (1306), to which event reference is made in the eleventh chapter. This poem is divided into 37 short chapters … This poem enjoyed the greatest success. Published first at Mantua by Estellina, wife of Abraham Conat, between 1476 and 1480, it was republished 67 times, with many commentaries, among which are those written by Moses ibn Habib, Jacob Frances, and Yom-Tob Lipmann Heller.” (1906 JE) Bound in original boards and quarter calf, printed on ragpaper. SUBJECT(S): Ethics, Jewish - To 1492. OCLC lists 1 copy worldwide (JTS). Wear to binding. Light staining to pages. Bumped corners and edges. Good condition. (Heb-35-5) (ID #32538) $100.00.
  266.  

     

    HAGADOT

     

     

  267. . HAGADAH SHEL PESAH: 'IM SHENE PERUSHIM KOLELIM BET AVRAHAM, BET AHARON. New York; Mifal Mutzalay Esh, 1974. Original Cloth. 4to. [292] pages. 29 cm. Limited edition. Copy number 55. In Hebrew. Manuscript fascimile. Haggadah Mutzal me'esh. Added English title page: Haggadah Mutzal me'esh: a manuscript by R. Abraham Aaron Friedman of blessed memory, rescued from the U. S. S. R. And published by Mifal mutzalay esh, sponsored by the Al tidom association. Introduction also in English. Numbered copy of a scarce and unusual script Haggadah printed from a manuscript by R. Abraham Aaron Friedman (Fridman) printed by R. Tsevi Bronshtain (Harry Bronstein) for the Al Tidom Association. The first of two Hebrew title pages describes it as Hagadah shel Pesah im Shene Perushim Kolelim Bet Avraham, Bet Aharon. The second Hebrew title page that the text is accompanied by four commentaries, Devar Aharon, Pe’er Aharon, Binat Aharon, and Hikhmat Aharon, all accompanied by Beit Aharon, which includes Agudat Azov, Birkhoit be-Heshbon, Ruah Hadashah, ha-Da’at ve-ha-Dibbur, and Marbeh le-Sapir. Next is a brief note stating that there are approbations from many Russian rabbis, such as R. Ezekiel Abromski, R. Solomon Joseph Zevin, and R. Issur Judah Unerman which will be printed shortly. Below are approbations from R. Moses Feinstein and R. Solomon Zalman Auebach. There is an introduction from R. Bronstein and then Ohel Hannah from R. Jonah Landau followed by several dedications. The Haggadah follows, beginning with the normal front matter, such as the removal of hametz and, erev Tashilin, with commentaries. The commentaries, detailed and comprehensive, is printed in a script font. At the end of the Haggadah is an English title page, commendations and dedications, and an English introduction from R. Bronstein. He writes that “the Hagadah is one of the Udim Mutalim Me’esh, the literary treasures plucked from the spiritual wasteland of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, ravaged by the consuming fire of atheistic Communism. It is the first offering of the Mifal Mutzalay Eish, a foundation under the sponsorship of the Al Tidom Association, dedicated to rescuing and disseminating Kisvei Yad, Jewish scholarly manuscripts of authors behind the Iron Curtain.” R. Bronstein continues, describing his personal activities in this field, his sufferings at the hands of the Soviet K. G. B. And the work of Al Tidom. Contains the bookstamp of Rabbi Stanley Platek. Subjects: Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Passover - Prayers and devotions. Haggadah - Commentaries. Manuscript facsimile. OCLC lists 17 copies. Light shelf wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-55-37) (ID #32589) $300.00.
  268.  

     

     

     

     

     

  269. Abraham Ben Elijah; Gabriel Wolf Margolis. SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH HA-NIKRA BE-SHEM AGADAT EZOV: KOLEL SHENE BE’URIM... GE’ULAT AVRAHAM. New York; No Publisher Listed, [1918]. Publishers cloth. 4to. 136 pages. 26 cm. In Hebrew. “This Haggadah contains commentaries by Abraham and Margolis. Margolis appended his own hadranim, novellae, additional commentary to the Haggadah and sermons. One sermon was delivered at Adath Israel of New York. Pp. 1-112 are Photostats of the original Vilna edition; the rest consists of new text. Two thousand copies were printed.” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry #166). Abraham was the son of the Vilna Gaon; Margolis, was born in Vilna, served as Rabbi at Adath Israel in New York, and founded the Federation of Orthodox Jews in 1912 in New York. Yaari 1888, Yudlov 2688 Subjects: Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadah. OCLC lists one copy (UCLA). Light wear to cloth and outer edges, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (HAG-10-29) (ID #31270) $115.00.
  270.  

     

     

     

     

     

  271. Brizman, Alter Ya’akov Me’ir. SEFER HAGADAT RAV SAVA: ‘AL HAGADAH SHEL PESAH. Tel-Aviv, The Author?, 1947. Publishers cloth. 8vo.126 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Commentary on the Haggadah. Yudlov 4115; Yaari 2367. Bound in black cloth with gilt title. Subjects: Haggadot - Commentaries. Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. OCLC lists 9 copies. Light rubbing to cloth, otherwise fresh. Very good + condition. (HAG-10-28) (ID #31269) $75.00.
  272.  

     

     

     

     

     

  273. [N. L. ]. SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH: ’IM HAMISHAH ‘ASAR PERUSHIM YEKARIM. Yerushalayim: Levin-Epshtein, [1946]. Publishers cloth. 8vo. 38, [3] pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. ‘Passover Haggadah with Fifteen Interpretations’, including commentaries by Rashi, Rashbam, Isaac Abrabanel, David Abudraham and others; this edition published in 1945-46 in Jerusalem by Lewin-Epstein Brothers. The Lewis-Epstein publishing house was first established in Warsaw in the 1880’s, printing Hebrew religious literature and Hebrew and Yiddish Belles-Lettres; the publisher relocated to Palestine in the 1920’s, starting the first offset printing facilities in Eretz Israel; and serving as one of the largest printing houses in the country. The publishing concern was headed by Eliezer Lewin-Epstein, of the famous Warsaw printing family; he was “one of the founders of ORT in Israel, was head of the country's largest printing houses and was chairman of the Israel Institute of Productivity. He fought in the Israel War of Liberation in 1948 with the rank of colonel. He emigrated from Warsaw to settle in Palestine in 1924.” ("Eliezer Lewin-epstein, Israeli Industrialist, Ort Leader, Dead at 70." Jewish Telegraphic Agency 21 Feb 1968.”). Bound in original boards with gilt title inlay. Yaari no. 2325, Yudlov no. 4000 Subjects: Haggadot - Commentaries. Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. OCLC lists 8 holdings. Backstrip repaired; light wear to boards and endpages, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (HAG-10-27) (ID #31268) $100.00.
  274.  

     

     

     

     

     

  275. Sofer, Abraham Samuel Benjamin Wolf; Jacob Ben Jacob Moses. SEDER LEL HITKADESH HAG: HAGADAH SHEL PESAH. [New York]: Bi-Defus Hay-Grayd Pres, [1950]. Publishers cloth. 8vo. [112] pages. 23 cm. In Hebrew and Yiddish. The Chasam Sofer Passover Haggadah. Reprint of Mukachevo, 1905/06 edition. Includes eight full page portraits well-known rabbis on the pages preceding and following the Haggadah text. Added label on title page verso: Rabbi B. Cohen, 207 Clinton St. New York 2, N. Y. Last page: Yiddish contract form for sale of Hamets. Original edition is listed as Yaari no. 1714. Crooked cover imprint. Attractive reprint, bound in green cloth with gilt title. Commentary on the Haggadah Seder, by Avraham Shmuel Binyomin Sofer, (German: Abraham Samuel Benjamin Schreiber), also known by his main work Ksav Sofer (trans. Writ of the Scribe), (1815–1871), one of the leading rabbis of Hungarian Jewry in the second half of the nineteenth century and rosh yeshiva of the famed Pressburg Yeshiva. Subjects: Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadot - Texts. Haggadah - Commentaries. Haggadah. Munka´cs. OCLC lists 15 copies. Cloth bumped, second leaf previously rebacked with tape, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (HAG-10-16A) (ID #31257) $30.00.
  276.  

     

     

     

     

     

  277. Sofer, Abraham Samuel Benjamin Wolf; Jacob Ben Jacob Moses. SEDER LEL HITKADESH HAG: HAGADAH SHEL PESAH. [New York]: Bi-Defus Hay-Grayd Pres, [1950]. Publishers cloth. 8vo. [112] pages. 23 cm. In Hebrew and Yiddish. The Chasam Sofer Passover Haggadah. Reprint of Mukachevo, 1905/06 edition. Includes eight full page portraits well-known rabbis on the pages preceding and following the Haggadah text. Added label on title page verso: Rabbi B. Cohen, 207 Clinton St. New York 2, N. Y. Last page: Yiddish contract form for sale of Hamets. Original edition is listed as Yaari no. 1714. Crooked cover imprint. Attractive reprint, bound in red cloth with gilt title. Commentary on the Haggadah Seder, by Avraham Shmuel Binyomin Sofer, (German: Abraham Samuel Benjamin Schreiber), also known by his main work Ksav Sofer (trans. Writ of the Scribe), (1815–1871), one of the leading rabbis of Hungarian Jewry in the second half of the nineteenth century and rosh yeshiva of the famed Pressburg Yeshiva. Subjects: Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Haggadot - Texts. Haggadah - Commentaries. Haggadah. Munka´cs. OCLC lists 15 copies. Light wear to endpages, otherwise fresh. Great condition. (HAG-10-16) (ID #31256) $30.00.
  278.  

     

    AMERICANA

     

    First Jewish Book Printed in Arkansas

     

     

  279. Weiss, Louis. TALMUDIC AND OTHER LEGENDS: FACTS AND FICTIONS FROM OLDEN TIMES. Helena, Ark.; Golden Epoch Book Print, 1884. Publishers cloth. 12mo. 191, [1] pages. 20 cm. First edition. First Jewish book printed in Arkansas. Singerman 3310. Selections, with commentary, from the Talmud; translated and compiled by Louis Weiss, rabbi for the congregation in Helena, Arkansas from 1882-1884 (EJ 1906). “Louis Weiss, rabbi and scholar, was born on February 17, 1848, in Kotay, Hungary. He received his rabbinical diploma from a school in Grosswardein, Hungary. Weiss immigrated to the United States and, in Chicago in 1876, he became a naturalized U. S. Citizen. He served as rabbi for several congregations in the South and in Columbus, Ohio (1894); Hamilton, Ontario; Palestine, Texas (1903-1905) and Braddock, Pennsylvania (1905-1909). Louis Weiss died July 30, 1909.” (Louis Weiss Papers, American Jewish Archives). Bound in black cloth, with gilt title. Subjects: Jewish legends. Talmud – Legends. Arkansas. OCLC lists 19 copies. Light wear to cloth, edges worn, hinges lightly shaken, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (AMR-39-34) (ID #31427) $350.00.
  280.  

     

     

     

     

     

  281. Weiss, Louis. TALMUDIC AND OTHER LEGENDS: FACTS AND FICTIONS FROM OLDEN TIMES. New York; Press Of Stettiner, Lambert, 1888. Publishers cloth. 12mo. X, 194 pages. 19 cm. Revised and enlarged edition. Singerman 3753. Bound in black cloth, with gilt title. Subjects: Jewish legends. Talmud – Legends. Arkansas. OCLC lists 19 copies. Light soiling to cloth, first endpage absent, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (AMR-39-35) Xx (ID #31428) $100.00.
  282.  

     

     

     

    HOLOCAUST

     

     

  283. Unger, Menashe. SEYFER KDOYSHIM: RABEYIM OYF KIDESH-HASHEM. New York; Shulsinger, 1967. (FT) Publishers cloth. 8vo. XI, 444 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Yiddish. Title page verso: Sefer Kedoshim. Yizkor for Chassidim and the martyred Rabbis of Poland; written by a long time correspondent of YIVO and historian of Polish Chassidism. Bound in blue cloth, gilt lettering, and decorative outer edges. Subjects: Rabbis - Biography. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) - Biography. World War, 1939-1945 - Jews. Light wear to cloth. Very good + condition. (YIZ-12-5) (ID #31654) $75.00.
  284.  

     

     

     

     

     

  285. Rosenbaum, Irving J. THE HOLOCAUST AND HALAKHAH. New York; Ktav Pub. House, 1976. Original Wraps. 8vo. X, 177 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Library of Jewish law and ethics. This book is a study of the determined efforts of the Jews of Europe to conform to the patterns and norms of Halakhic Judaism during the Holocaust period. It is based in large part on rabbinic responsa written in Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Lithuania from the beginning of the Nazi regime in 1933, until the liberation of the concentration camps in 1945. Included are rabbinic rulings from the ghettos, labor camps, and death camps of the Holocaust. These responsa treat such subjects as the justifiability of suicide, murder, and abortion under the conditions obtaining at the time. They also discuss the observance of Passover, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah, and even Purim in the ghetto of Kovno and the Auschwitz death camp. Indeed, the range of subjects covered is as broad as the spectrum of the Halakhah itself. Moreover, the factual circumstances out of which each question arose are cited, and a summary of the legal arguments leading to the decision in the responsa are included. Holocaust and Halakhah also incorporates eyewitness and documentary material concerning the obdurate and heroic Jewish adherence to the study of Torah and the practice of mitzvot during the Holocaust. Subjects: Holocaust and Jewish law. Holocauste, 1939-1945, et droit juif. Holocaust. Halacha. Judenverfolgung. Geschichte 1933-1945. New Condition. (JTS-2-8) (ID #31023) $30.00.
  286.  

     

    OTHER RELATED TITLES

     

     

  287. Hirsch, Samson Raphael; Bernard Drachman. THE NINETEEN LETTERS OF BEN UZIEL: BEING A SPIRITUAL PRESENTATION OF THE PRINCIPLES OF JUDAISM.. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1899.. Cloth, 12mo. Xxvii, 222 pages. Illustrated. CONTENTS: Samson Raphael Hirsch-a biographical sketch; First letter: complaint; Second letter: standpoint, method; Third letter: God, the world; Fourth letter: man; Fifth letter: education; Sixth letter: history; Seventh letter: The consecrated people; Eighth letter: the patriarchs, Egypt, the wilderness, the land; Ninth letter: Israel in exile; Tenth letter: division of the commandments; Eleventh letter: laws, judgments, statutes; Twelfth letter: commandments; Thirteenth letter: word and deed symbols; Fourteenth letter: the service of God; Fifteenth letter: answer; Sixteenth letter: emancipation; Seventeenth letter: reform; Eighteenth letter: reform, continued; Nineteenth letter: Outlines of purpose (essays). Born in Hamburg, Hirsch (1808-1888) was a “rabbi and writer [and] leader and foremost exponent of Orthodoxy in Germany in the 19th century.” Despite his Orthodaxy, Hirsch felt that a well-educated Jew would also be familiar with secular subjects, such as math, modern languages, and physical sciences, and would his Jewish ethics to guide his involvement in the secular world. Unlike the German Liberal Jewish movement at the time, he believed that a synthesis of traditional Jewish and modern secular learning was possible. (EJ, 2007) Singerman 5587. Pictorial cover. Ex library. Covers a little worn, good- condition. Nice 19th Century US edition. (RAB-29-7) (ID #20709) $50.00.
  288.  

     

     

     

     

     

  289. Azikri, Eleazar Ben Moses; Moses Isserles. SEFER HAREDIM [BOUND WITH] SEFER MEHIR YAYIN. No Publisher, 1865. Mid 19th Century? Quarter leather and boards. 8vo. [90; 48] pages. 20 cm. In Hebrew. Sefer Haredim by Azikri, Eleazar ben Moses (date publish and location unknown), one of the great Safed Kabbalists of the late 1500s; Spiritual and ascetic manual, arranged according to the mitzvot in usage at the time and their division according to the limbs of the body and according to time. This book had a wide circulation and was printed in over 27 editions. Bound with Sefer Mehir Yayin (1865; place unknown), a philosophical, allegorical, and kabbalistic commentary on the Book of Esther. The author, R. Moses ben Israel Isserles (Rema, c. 1530-1572), a student of R. Shalom Shachna of Lublin (d. 1558), among the foremost halakhic authorities, is better known for his Haggahot or ha-Mappah, glosses on the Shulhan Arukh. It was the addition of the Mappah to the Shulhan Arukh that made that work acceptable to Ashkenazim and an authoritative halakhic source to this day. Subjects: Kabbalists. Bible. - Esther - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. Purim - Early works to 1800. Staining to top of pages. Yellowing of pages. Wear to binding. Taping to first three pages. Bumped cover corners and edges. Otherwise fresh. Good condition. (Heb-35-3) (ID #32537) $100.00.
  290.  

     

     

     

     

     

  291. Levisohn, Shlomo; Jacob Kaplan. ERETS KEDUMIM KOLEL GELILOT ERETS YISRA'EL [PART ONE ONLY]. Vilna; M. Man Ve-S. Zimel, 1839. Later Cloth. 12mo. XL, 187, [10] pages. 19 cm. In Hebrew and German. Eretz Kedumim (Geography of the Land of Israel). Part one only, descriptive list of towns and villages A-J (ending with Jeter). Vinograd Vilna 431. Added title page: Erez kedumim, das Land des Alterthums; oder, Alphabetisch geordnete Geographie Pala¨tinas und der Umgegend. First edition published in 1819 under title: Mehkere Erets. This work deals with the various locales of the Holy Land in alphabetical order, drawing on Biblical and Talmudic, as well as non-Jewish sources. The book bears a letter of endorsement from Mordechai Aaron Ginzburg, a religious maskil (enlightened Jew). According to Ginzburg, Kaplan revised the work of Lewisohn (Vienna, 1819), adding entries Lewisohn neglected. On prefatory pages 31-38, Kaplan reproduces the commentary of the Vilna Gaon ('Shenoth Eliyahu') to the Mishnah, Shevi’ith 9: 2, adding German translation of the Mishnah and notes to the Gaon’s commentary. Subjects: Palestine - Historical geography. Bible. Old Testament - Geography. OCLC lists 18 copies. Minor soiling to title page, light soiling throughout, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-56-10) (ID #32627) $95.00.
  292.  

     

     

     

     

     

  293. Ibn Ezra, Abraham Ben Meïr; Michael Creizenach. Yesod Mora: Grundlage Der Gottesverehrung; Oder Untersuchungen Über Das Mosasiche Gesetz Und Die Grundprinzipien Der Israelitischen Religion Von Abraham Ibn Ezra; in Einer Paraphrastischen Verdeutschung Von M. Creizenach. Frankfurt A M.; J. Baer, 1840. (FT) Softbound. 16mo. 51, 142 pages. 17 cm. First German edition. In German and Hebrew. Title translates as: “Yesod Mora: Basis of Worship, or Studies on the laws of Mosaism and the Principles of the Israelite Religion; by Abraham Ibn Ezra, edited in a German translation by Michael Creizenach.” Abraham Ben Meir Ibn Ezra (1089–1164), “one of the most important Jewish Bible exegetes; also a poet, composer of piyyutim, grammarian, translator, philosopher, astronomer, and astrologer. Exceptionally erudite, he was among the last creative geniuses of the Spanish "golden age.” Nevertheless, despite the customary image of him, Ibn Ezra was neither a talmudic scholar (the suggestion that he studied in the yeshivahin Lucena has been refuted by Goldberg) nor a physician (his opposition in principle to medicine is detailed in his Long and Short commentaries to Exodus 21: 19). He also lacked the requisite skills for business or public office, and therefore was unable to make a living in the accustomed professions of his social class – as a rabbi, dayyan, physician, businessman, or courtier. For lack of alternative, he became a professional poet, supported by patrons who loved poetry and sought fame. Ibn Ezra's dependence on a succession of benefactors is evident in the exaggerated praise he showered on them in his eulogies. The need to move from patron to patron, and his restless character forced Ibn Ezra to a life of wandering: besides his birthplace Tudela, we know that prior to 1140 he lived in Cordoba, Seville (where he raised his son Isaac), Christian Toledo (to which he apparently refers in his poem "Mi ‘Alah Shamayim" by the name "Edom,” a rabbinic code-word for Rome and thus for Christianity), Gabes (Tunisia), Algeria, and Morocco. He did not, however, reach Egypt or the Land of Israel. His poetry (e.g, his poem "Gavhu Shehakim") refers to the adverse effect his prolonged wandering had on his family life.” (2007 Encyclopedia Judaica) “In 1158 Ibn Ezra was in London, where he wrote his religio-philosophic work "Yesod Mora" for his pupil Joseph b. Jacob, a tract on the division of and reasons for the Biblical commandments.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) “Like Ibn Janah and Judah Halevi, Ibn Ezra fiercely rejects even cautious attempts at conjectural emendation of the text, and holds that the work of the Masoretes was flawless: "Due to them the Divine Torah and Sacred Books stood in their perfection, without additions or omissions" (Yesod Mora, ch. 1). Accordingly, he insists that any interpretation respects the punctuational functions of the cantillation signs and the division into verses; rejects as a "lone view" the tannaitic tradition of the "eighteen emendations of the Scribes"; and deals with differences between qere and ketiv, alternate versions of parallel texts (such as the two versions of the Decalogue and of several Psalms), and the discrepancies between Pseudo-Jonathan and the Masoretic text as exegetical problems rather than textual phenomena.” (2007 Encyclopedia Judaica) The translator and editor, Michael Creizenach, was a “German educator and theologian; born in Mayence May 16, 1789; died in Frankfort-on-the-Main Aug. 5, 1842. Creizenach is one of the most typical representatives of the era of transition, following the epoch of Mendelssohn, whose chief aim was the regeneration of Judaism by the methods of Talmudic dialecticism, which, as they imagined, would win over the Orthodox and yet achieve the necessary progress. Creizenach was educated in the traditional way, devoting his whole time to Talmudic studies; and he was sixteen years old when he began to acquire the elements of secular knowledge. This was during the French occupation, when a liberal spirit, greeted enthusiastically by both Jews and Christians, permeated the society of the ancient center of Catholic Germany. He studied mathematics with great zeal, and wrote text-books of the science. Through his influence a Jewish school was founded in Mayence, whose principal he was, at the same time giving private instruction. He was a very popular teacher, and counted many Christians among his pupils.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia) Subjects: Judaism -- Works to 1900. Jewish philosophy -- Early works to 1800. Backstrip repaired, signatures shaken. Light wear to covers, with some tears at outer edges. All edges bumped and lightly soiled. Pages lightly foxed around text, clean and fresh otherwise. Fair condition. (GER-38-42) (ID #29044) $175.00.
  294.  

     

     

     

     

     

  295. Jedaiah Ben Abraham Bedersi; Eli’ezer Pavir, Safah Berura. SEFER BEHINAT ‘OLAM ‘IM BAKASHAT HA-ME"-MIN. Vilna; Be-Defus Yosef Re’uven Bar Menahem Man Rom, 1850. Original boards. 12mo. 168 pages. 17 cm. In Hebrew and Yiddish, with Russian on title page. "Behinat ha-'Olam’ (The Examination of the World), called also by its first words, ‘Shamayim la-Rom’ (Heaven's Height), a didactic poem written after the banishment of the Jews from France (1306), to which event reference is made in the eleventh chapter. This poem is divided into 37 short chapters, and may be summarized as follows: ‘The sage, though the highest type of humanity, is liable to the vicissitudes of fortune. He is not exempt from any of the evils which assail humanity; and the sword of death stabs alike the philosopher and the boor. But, if this view be dispiriting, there is another which is consoling. The soul which lives within him, when man is bereft of this world's goods, will accompany him beyond the grave. Still, to the shame of humanity, man does not care to improve this noblest part of himself. He is entrapped by the perfidious charms of the world; and his years roll away in search of illusions. … ‘Celestial by origin, the human soul, so long as it is attached to the body, groans under a shameful slavery. The occupation worthy of its noble extraction is therefore to direct all its faculties toward the worship of its Creator, the happiness of its fellow-creatures, and the triumph of truth. This result can be attained only in keeping the commandments of God. ’ Bedersi concludes his poem by expressing his admiration for Maimonides: ‘Finally, turn neither to the left nor to the right from all that the wise men believed, the chief of whom was the distinguished master Maimonides, of blessed memory, with whom no one can be compared from among the wise men who have lived since the close of the Talmud; then I shall be sure that thou, enriched with all the knowledge of religion and philosophy, wilt fear the Lord thy God. ’ This poem enjoyed the greatest success. Published first at Mantua by Estellina, wife of Abraham Conat, between 1476 and 1480, it was republished 67 times (compare ‘Bibliotheca Friedlandiana, ’ ii. 139), with many commentaries, among which are those written by Moses ibn Habib, Jacob Frances, and Yom-Tob Lipmann Heller. Four commentaries written by Isaac Monçon, Jacob (of Fano?), Leon of Mantua, and Immanuel of Lattes the Younger are still extant in manuscript (MSS. At St. Petersburg and at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Nos. 502 and 1404). The poem was translated into Latin by Uchtman; into German by Isaac Auerbach, Hirsch ben Meïr, Joel ben Joseph Faust or Wust (), Simson Hamburger, Auerbach (who made use of a translation of parts iv. And v. By Mendelssohn), J. Levy, Joseph Hirschfeld, and (in verse) by Stern, preceded by an interesting Hebrew introduction by Weiss; into French by Philippe Aquinas and Michel Beer; into Italian in ‘Antologia Israelitica, ’ 1880, pp. 334 et seq.; into English by Tobias Goodman; and into Polish by J. Tugendhold.” (1906 JE) Jedaiah ben Abraham Bedersi was a “Poet, physician, and philosopher; born at Béziers (whence his surname Bedersi) about 1270; died about 1340. His Provençal name was En Bonet, which probably corresponds to the Hebrew name Tobiah (compare ‘Oheb Nashim’ in the ‘Zunz Jubelschrift, ’ Hebrew part, p. 1); and, according to the practise of the Provençal Jews, he occasionally joined to his name that of his father, Abraham Profiat (Bedersi). In his poems he assumed the appellation ‘Penini’ (Dispenser of Pearls), and because of this appellation the ethical work ‘Mibhar ha-Peninim’ of Solomon ben Gabirol has been erroneously ascribed to Bedersi.” (1906 JE). Published at the famous Romm press of Vilna, on fine ragpaper. Subjects: Jewish Ethics. Yedaya ben Abraham Bedersi, ca. 1270-ca. 1340. Musar. Poetry. Exile. OCLC lists two copies of the 1850 Romm edition (later 19th century editions by Romm more in evidence), located at SUNY Albany and Natl Libr Israel. Hinges loose, writing on endpages, smudging and light soiling throughout; otherwise fresh. Good condition. (SPEC-36-30) (ID #31592) $125.00.
  296.  

     

     

     

     

     

  297. Gans, David Ben Solomon; David Schiff; Abraham Menahem Mendel Mohr. SEFER TSEMAH DAVID. Varsha; H. E. Bomberg, 1859. Original Cloth. 4to. [64, 128, 16] pages. 26 cm. 3 parts in 1 volume. Includes supplements by David Schiff and Abraham Mendel Mohr. 'Zemah David', by David ben Solomon Gans a “German historian; astronomer; born at Lippstadt, Westphalia, 1541; died at Prague Aug. 25, 1613. … Among Gans's works the most widely known is his history entitled 'Zemah Dawid, ' published first at Prague, in 1592. It is divided into two parts, the first containing the annals of Jewish history, the second those of general history. The author consulted for the second part of his work the writings of Spangenberg, Laurentius Faustus, Hubertus Holtzius, Georg Cassino, and Martin Borisk. Though Gans's annals are very dry and have no great intrinsic value, they are memorable as the first work of this kind among the German Jews, who at that time appreciated historical knowledge but slightly. Indeed, in his preface to the second volume the author deemed it necessary to justify himself for having dealt with so profane a subject as the annals of general history, and endeavored to demonstrate that it was permitted to read history on Saturdays. The 'Zemah Dawid' passed through many editions. To the edition of Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1692, David ben Moses Rheindorf added a third part containing the annals of that century, which addition has been retained in later editions of the 'Zemah. ' The first part of Gans's work, and extracts from the second, were translated into Latin by Wilhelm Heinrich Vorst (Leyden, 1644). It was translated also into Judæo-German by Solomon Hanau (Frankfort-on-the-Main, 1692).” (1906 JE) Printed on rag paper. Subjects: Jewish chronology. Chronology, Historical. OCLC lists 6 copies worldwide. Spine previously rebacked with tape, light soiling to title page, light foxing throughout, overall clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-56-24) (ID #32641) $100.00.
  298.  

     

     

     

     

     

  299. Danzig, Abraham Ben Jehiel Michal; Joseph Ben Ephraim Karo. SEFER HAYE ADAM: HU HELEK RISHON MI-SEFER 'ORAH HAYIM. BO KOL HA-DINIM HA-MEVO'ARIM BA-SHULHAN ARUKH A. PI. MAH SHE-PERSHU DIVREHEM HA-TAZ U-M. A. VE-A. R.... Pressburg; A. Edler Von Schmid, 1845. Original Cloth. 4to. 137 leaves. 26 cm. In Hebrew. Chayei Adam ('The Life of Man') deals with the laws discussed in the Orach Chayim section of the Shulchan Aruch. It is divided into 224 sections - 69 dealing with daily conduct and prayer, and 155 with Shabbos, and holidays. In this work, Rabbi Danzig collected and critically sifted the Acharonic material, in the field of halakha written in the more than two and a half centuries since the appearance of the Shulchan Aruch. Chayei Adam was intended primarily 'for the cultured layman', as opposed to rabbinic scholars, and the work is thus presented in a readily accessible form. The scholarship of the work is evidenced by the fact that Rabbi Chaim Volozhin, known for his opposition to 'digests of halacha', granted the work his approbation (on condition that each section be cross-referenced to the Shulchan Aruch to allow for further study). In many cities, societies were formed for the purpose of studying Chayei Adam. The rulings of the Chayei Adam are often cited in later works, especially the Mishnah Berurah. Compiled by Abraham ben Jehiel Danzig: Lithuanian codifier; born in Danzig in 1747 or 1748; died at Wilna Sept. 12, 1820. Finely printed on ragpaper. Subjects: Jewish law - Modern period. Judaism - Customs and practices. Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim, 1488-1575. Orah hayim. OCLC lists three copies of this edition. Backstrip absent, light bumping to board edges, internally very fresh and clean. Good + condition. (RAB-56-27) (ID #32644) $100.00.
  300.  

     

     

     

     

     

  301. Lévinas, Emmanuel. IN THE TIME OF THE NATIONS. Bloomington; Indiana University Press, 1994. Publishers cloth. 8vo. XII, 197 pages. 23 cm. First American edition. “A l'heure des nations” translated by Michael B. Smith. Originally published in Paris by Les Éditions de Minuit, 1988. “The 'nations' of the title are the 'seventy nations': in the Talmudic idiom, the whole of humanity surrounding Israel. In this major collection of essays, Levinas considers Judaism's uncertain relationship to European culture since the Enlightenment, problems of distance and integration. It also includes five Talmudic readings from between 1981 and 1986, essays on Franz Rosenzweig and Moses Mendelssohn, and a discussion with Francoise Armengaud which raises questions of central importance to Jewish philosophy in the context of general philosophy. This work brings to the fore the vital encounter between philosophy and Judaism, a hallmark of Levinas's thought.” (Publishers description) The Shoah is reflected upon in this work in the light of Levinas’ own personal experiences and through a reading of Rosenzweig’s writings. Subjects: Judaism. Jewish philosophy. Talmud - Criticism, interpretation, etc. Very good condition in good jacket. (HOLO2-102-7) (ID #30371) $30.00.
  302.  

     

     

     

     

     

  303. Cansinos Asséns, Rafael. LAS BELLEZAS DEL TALMUD (ANTOLOGIA HEBRAICA); PRÓLOGO, SELECCIÓN Y TRADUCCIÓN. Madrid; Editorial-América, 1919. Original wraps. 16mo. 226 pages. 17 cm. First edition. Biblioteca de autores celebres. In Spanish. ‘The beauties of the Talmud; prologue, selections, translation. ’ Finely wrought literary selections from the Babylonian Talmud, possibly earliest translation of some parts of the Talmud into Spanish, published as high literature for the Spanish cultural world; translated by Rafael Cansinos Assens (1883-1964), born in Seville, he was a Spanish poet, essayist, literary critic and translator (a polyglot; he translated The Arabian Nights into Spanish, as well as the works of Dostoyevsky, and the complete works of Goethe and Shakespeare); he was also a convert to Judaism. “In the lectures he gave in 1967 at Harvard, Jorge Luis Borges mentioned him as one of his masters, and expressed wonder to the fact that he has been forgotten.” (wikipedia) This volume has gone through numerous printings (In Buenos Aires 1939, 1945, 1988; Spain 2003, 2006) over the years. Subjects: Talmud Bavli. Spanish. Selections. Talmud. Castellà. Seleccions. Madrid. Talmud Bavli - Versions. OCLC lists 8 copies (of first edition). Pages uncut (previously unread); backstrip torn, front wrap detached, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (MX-36-10) (ID #31174) $40.00.
  304.  

     

     

     

     

     

  305. Kaufmann, David; M. Brann. GESAMMELTE SCHRIFTEN VON DAVID KAUFMANN, ZWEITER BAND ONLY, OF 3... Frankfurt: J. Kaufmann, 1908-1915. 1/4 Leather. 8vo. 434 pages. In German. Volume 2 of 3. Kaufmann was an Austrian scholar born in Moravia. He taught Jewish history, religious philsophy and homiletics at the rabbinical seminary in Budapest for his entire life. In his lifetime he wrote thirty books and over 500 essays and book reviews. He was a pioneer in the field of Jewish art and co-founded the Gesellschaft für Sammlung und Konservierung von Kunst und historischen Denmälern des Judentums in Wien. Kaufmann and Brann worked together a great deal and Brann published many of Kaufmann's writings (Zobel, EJ). SUBJECT(S): Jews-History-Philosophy-Jewish Scholars-Jewish Scholars-Biography. Some bumping to covers, stain un top side of pages, otherwise very good condition. (GER-41-29) (ID #31143) $50.00.
  306.  

     

     

     

     

     

  307. Moses, Adolph. H. G. Enelow, Ed. YAHVISM AND OTHER DISCOURSES.. 1903. Louisville, Kentucky: The Louisville Section of the Council of Jewish Women, 1903. Cloth; 8vo. Xlvii, 356 pages. Frontispiece portrait of the author. Nicely bound in brown cloth; printed on laid bond. Rabbi Moses lived 1845-1902 and was a Reform Rabbi. Some stains and shelfwear, otherwise very good condition (AMR-41-28) (ID #31147) $50.00.
  308.  

     

     

     

     

     

  309. Malter, Henry. MASEKHET TA'ANIT MIN TALMUD BAVLI = THE TREATISE TA'ANIT OF THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD. New York; American Academy For Jewish Research, 1930. Cloth. 4to. 21, 153 pages. 31 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. English title page: The treatise Ta'anit of the Babylonian Talmud, critically edited on the basis of twenty-four manuscripts, quotations by old authorities and early editions, and provided with notes containing the critical apparatus as well as discussions and explanations of the text. Publications of the American Academy for Jewish Research, volume 1. “Henry Malter (1864–1925), rabbi and scholar of medieval Jewish philosophy. … With the opening of Dropsie College in 1909, Malter assumed the chair of talmudic literature which he occupied to the end of his life. He was a stimulating teacher in Talmud and particularly in medieval philosophy and ethics. Painstaking in his scholarship, Malter published a number of important essays in the Jewish Quarterly Review and elsewhere... Two other books, both published posthumously, deal with the talmudic treatise Ta'anit: Treatise Ta'anit of the Babylonian Talmud (1928), critically edited on the basis of manuscripts and old editions, and Massekhet Ta'anit min Talmud Bavli (1930), a critical edition of the text with notes and explanations on the basis of 24 manuscripts.” (EJ 2008) From the library of Baruch Bokser, with his signature on first endpage. Subjects: Fasts and feasts- Judaism - Liturgy. Talmud. Ta'anit - Criticism, Textual. Internal hinges starting, light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-55-51) (ID #32606) $100.00.
  310.  

     

     

     

     

     

  311. Abramowitz, Bernard; V Samuel David Arenson. DAT YISRA’EL: BO KATUV BA’ER HETEV BI-SHETEY SAFOT, ‘IVRIT VE-ANGLIT DATE YISRA’EL HA-NEHUTSIM LE-MA’ASEH = THE LAW OF ISRAEL: A COMPILATION OF THE HAYYE ADAM [PART ONE ONLY]. New York; Leonson & Weinkrantz, 1906. Cloth, Original Cloth. 8vo. [1], 220 pages. 22 cm. Second printing. In Hebrew and English. Carefully compiled and arranged by Bernard Abramowitz. Translated by V. Samuel David Aaronson. Rabbi Bernard Abramowitz, who was born in Lithuania, practiced as a rabbi in the United States and died in Jerusalem; he founded the first branch of Mizrahi in St. Louis, and served as President of American Mizrahi, thus serving as an early central figure in religious zionism. Part one of the Law of Israel; a digest of practical Halakhah. Our copy bound in original red cloth. Goldman # 584. Singerman 5508. Subjects: Jewish law. Jews - Legal status, laws, etc. OCLC lists 25 copies. Light soiling and wear to cloth, some pencil marks on endpages, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (AMR-44-4A) (ID #31542) $30.00.
  312.  

     

     

     

     

     

  313. Belin, Eliezer Ben Jacob Ashkenazi, 16th-17th Cent. SEFER HA-'EVRONOT:... HA-TEKUFOT VEHA-MOLADOT...: HODSHE HA-UMOT... MI-MEDINOT POLANYA VE-RUSYA VE-ASHKENAZI. Zolkva; Bi-Defus Gershon Ben Hayim David, 1805. Later Cloth. 8vo. 48 [2] pages. 23 cm. Sefer Ebronot (Book of Intercalations), which proved useful and popular and of which many manuscript copies were made, is noted for its astronomical and mathematical charts and illustrations. Title within type ornament border; woodcut text diagrams, printed on rag paper; illustration of divine hand with rashi script; charts throughout. Annotated by Rabbi Shimon son of Rabbi Yonah Katz Zulkwa (first printing of this edition at Zolkva, 1756); this edition contains a kabbalist reading of dates. Sifrei Evronot or simply Evronot, contain the information and rules necessary for the fixing of the Jewish calendar as well as the midrashic material attesting to the antiquity, divine provenance, and uniqueness of the Jewish calendation system. The earlier editions, attributed to Belin (an unknown author), contains charts for the synchronicity of the Jewish and Christian calendars, as these were intended for trade fairs; many late 16th century editions were hand illuminated and entirely unique. Our copy is bound in later cloth, with gilt title; two original but extra front leaves bound in, which contains script from numerous hands, mostly detailing ownership and location. Subjects: Religious calendars - Judaism. Jewish calendar - Early works to 1800. OCLC lists 5 copies of this edition (10 copies of all Zolkva editions). Edges bumped, small tear across title page not affecting text, light soiling throughout; well read, but fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-4) (ID #32621) $750.00.
  314.  

     

     

     

     

     

  315. Bleich, J. David. PROVIDENCE IN THE PHILOSOPHY OF GERSONIDES.. New York: Yeshiva University Press, 1973. Hardbound; 8vo. 141 pages. First edition. Fourth in the series Studies in Judaica. "Translation and annotation of the fourth treatise of Gersonides' Milhamot ha-Shem regarding Providence,” pages 45-104. Includes bibliographical references. Bleich is a professor of Talmud and an authority on Jewish law and ethics and bioethics. SUBJECT (S): Levi ben Gershom, 1288-1344. Cover slightly scuffed; otherwise, excellent condition. (RAB-1-8)xxxx (ID #17233) $50.00.
  316.  

     

     

     

     

     

  317. Levi Ben Gershon, Seymour Feldman. THE WARS OF THE LORD VOLUME ONE [OF THREE]. Philadelphia Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1984. Hardcover, 8vo, IX, 278 pages. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Judische Philosophie. Divine knowledge. Levi ben Gershom (1288–1344; acronym: RaLBaG; also called Maestre Leo de Bagnols; Magister Leo Hebraeus; Gersonides) was a "mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and biblical commentator, born probably at Bagnols-sur-Ceze (Languedoc – now departement du Gard, France). He lived primarily in Orange and briefly at Avignon. Little is known about his life beyond the fact that he maintained relations with important Christian persons. Levi had very broad intellectual interests and contributed to many areas of human learning" (Touati, Charles, and Bernard R. Goldstein in EJ 2010). Very Good in Very Good Jacket. (RAB-57-2) (ID #32466) $30.00.
  318.  

     

     

     

     

     

  319. Levi Ben Gershon, Seymour Feldman. THE WARS OF THE LORD VOLUME 2. Philadelphia Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1987. Hardcover, 8vo, IX, 278 pages. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Judische Philosophie. Divine knowledge. Levi ben Gershom (1288–1344; acronym: RaLBaG; also called Maestre Leo de Bagnols; Magister Leo Hebraeus; Gersonides) was a “mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and biblical commentator, born probably at Bagnols-sur-Ceze (Languedoc – now departement du Gard, France). He lived primarily in Orange and briefly at Avignon. Little is known about his life beyond the fact that he maintained relations with important Christian persons. Levi had very broad intellectual interests and contributed to many areas of human learning” (Touati, Charles, and Bernard R. Goldstein in EJ 2010). Frontpiece signed by previous owner, otherwise very good in very good Jacket. (RAB-57-1) (ID #32465) $30.00.
  320.  

     

     

     

     

     

  321. Gershom, Levi Ben Feldman, Seymour Feldman, Seymour. THE WARS OF THE LORD: VOLUME THREE (ONLY).. Jewish Publication Society of America. Hardcover, 580 pages. The Wars of the Lord is the major treatise of Levi ben Gershorn of Provence (1288-l344), one of the outstanding philosophers of the medieval world. The work, an unparalleled achievement of Jewish thought, is devoted to a demonstration that the Torah, properly understood, is identical to true philosophy. Volume Three concludes this work with a translation of the two longest books of the treatise: Books Five and Six, each of which consists of several parts. In Book Five, the focus is clearly celestial: even when Gersonides discusses earthly matters, such as biological reproduction, he is primarily concerned with the influences of the heavenly domain upon terrestrial phenomena. In Part Three of Book Five, he even explores the domain of separate intelligences, some of which are called "angels" in popular religious literature. It is in this section that one finds Gersonides's most systematic discussion of the nature of God. Book Six focuses on one of the most controversial questions in medieval philosophy: the creation of the universe. Beginning with a critique of various cosmological theories in ancient and medieval literature, Gersonides goes on to develop his own theory of creation, which diverges markedly from most of his Jewish philosophical predecessors such as Saadia Gaon and Maimonides. His theory borrows heavily from Greek thought, particularly from Plato. Other issues discussed in this book include time and infinity, and the role of miracles in prophecy. Whereas Volumes One and Two focus primarily on human affairs-the intellect and its immortality, and God's relationship with humanity-this last volume has a much wider scope: God's relationship with the entire Universe. Also contained in this volume are an Appendix by Tzvi Langermann on Gersonides and Astrology, plus a bibliography, a critical apparatus, and a cumulative index. This is the first complete modern-language rendering of Gersonides's fourteenth-century masterpiece. New Condition. (RAB-54-23) (ID #31148) $30.00.
  322.  

     

     

     

     

     

  323. Cohen, Boaz. JEWISH AND ROMAN LAW: A COMPARATIVE STUDY. COMPLETE IN TWO VOLUMES.. New York: JTSA, 1966.. Cloth, 8vo. Vol.1: xxvii, 408 pages; Vol.2: xxvii, 897, 22 (Hebrew) pages. First edition. English and Hebrew. Includes multiple indexes, Hebrew essay. SUBJECT(S): Roman law; Jewish law; Comparative law. “Cohen [1899-1968] was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and in 1924 was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, where he began teaching the following year and remained for the rest of his career... He was secretary of the Committee on Jewish Law of the Rabbinical Assembly of America, 1933–45, and chairman, 1945–48. He wrote thousands of opinions responding to every facet of Jewish life in America as he considered the request of rabbis and the needs of their congregants, including adoption and conversion. His judgment was restrained. Halakhah could not solve every problem and its processes must be respected and its authority protected. He led a committee to study the issue of the agunah, but out of respect for the unity of the Jewish people would not permit unilateral action by the Conservative Rabbinate. He was a leading expert on Jewish divorce law, and...the divorce documents that he supervised were recognized and respected by Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik and the Rabbinical Council of America despite the fact that Cohen was on the faculty of the Jewish Theological Seminary. A man of gentle disposition and immense erudition, his knowledge was far-ranging, including Greek and Roman, Canon, Islamic, and American law and Assyrian and Babylonian literature. Cohen was one of the first American-born and American-educated scholars to make significant contributions to the scientific study of rabbinic literature.” (EJ, 2007) Inscribed "Baruch Bokser" on endpages, otherwise very good condition +. (RAB-25-11A) (ID #20527) $80.00.
  324.  

     

     

     

     

     

  325. Reggio, Isaac Samuel [Reggio, Isaacus]. HA-TORAH VEHA-FILOSOFIYAH: HUVROT ISHAH EL EHUTAH MEHKAR 'IYUNI. Viennae; Anton Edler Von Schmid, 1827. Later Cloth. 8vo. 211 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, with added Latin title: Thora et Philosophia. “In Ha-Torah ve-ha-Filosfyah (Vienna, 1827), written under the influence of Mendelssohn, Reggio tried to show that reason and philosophy were compatible with the Torah.” (EJ 2008) Isaac Samuel Reggio (YaSHaR) (1784–1855), “Italian rabbi; one of the founders of the Collegio Rabbinico Italiano. He published an Italian translation of the Pentateuch, with a Hebrew commentary (Vienna, 1821), and wrote Ma'amar Torah min ha-Shamayim ('The Torah as Divinely Revealed', Vienna, 1818) to prove the divine authority of the Pentateuch.” (EJ 2008). Vinograd Vienna 638. Roest 956. Printed on rag paper. Subjects: Judaism and philosophy. Religion and science - 1800-1859. OCLC lists 9 copies. Binding shaken, light soiling to margins, internally clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-56-6) (ID #32623) $275.00.
  326.  

     

     

     

     

     

  327. Malter, Henry. MASEKHET TA'ANIT MIN TALMUD BAVLI = THE TREATISE TA'ANIT OF THE BABYLONIAN TALMUD. New York; American Academy For Jewish Research, 1930. Cloth. 4to. 21, 153 pages. 31 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. English title page: The treatise Ta'anit of the Babylonian Talmud, critically edited on the basis of twenty-four manuscripts, quotations by old authorities and early editions, and provided with notes containing the critical apparatus as well as discussions and explanations of the text. Publications of the American Academy for Jewish Research, volume 1. “Henry Malter (1864–1925), rabbi and scholar of medieval Jewish philosophy. … With the opening of Dropsie College in 1909, Malter assumed the chair of talmudic literature which he occupied to the end of his life. He was a stimulating teacher in Talmud and particularly in medieval philosophy and ethics. Painstaking in his scholarship, Malter published a number of important essays in the Jewish Quarterly Review and elsewhere... Two other books, both published posthumously, deal with the talmudic treatise Ta'anit: Treatise Ta'anit of the Babylonian Talmud (1928), critically edited on the basis of manuscripts and old editions, and Massekhet Ta'anit min Talmud Bavli (1930), a critical edition of the text with notes and explanations on the basis of 24 manuscripts.” (EJ 2008) From the library of Rabbi Stanley Platek, with his bookplate. Subjects: Fasts and feasts- Judaism - Liturgy. Talmud. Ta'anit - Criticism, Textual. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (RAB-55-51A) (ID #32607) $100.00.
  328.  

     

     

     

     

     

  329. Feldman, A. THE PARABLES AND SIMILES OF THE RABBIS, AGRICULTURAL AND PASTORAL. Cambridge, The University Press, 1927. Hardcover, 290 pages, 8vo, 23 cm. Second edition. SUBJECT(S): Midrash. Parables. Rabbijnse literatuur. Metaforen. Midrash. Paraboles. With four indexes: I. Rabbinical authorities. II. Scriptural passages. III. Rabbinic passages. IV. General. Ex library (Temple Emanuel, NJ). Otherwise, very good condition. (RAB-57-9) (ID #32531) $30.00.
  330.  

     

     

     

     

     

  331. Aptowitzer, Victor. DAS SCHRIFTWORT IN DER RABBINISCHEN LITERATUR [VOLUME 6 - PROLEGOMENA]. New York: Ktav Publishing House, 1970. Clothbound. 8vo. XLV, 406 pages. 24 cm. Only volume six. In German, with some Hebrew and Greek. Title translates as 'The Written Word in Rabbinic Literature." The author, Vigdor (Victor) Aptowitzer (March 16, 1871 - December 5, 1942), was a rabbinic and talmudic scholar, professor of Talmud, Bible, Midrash and Jewish Philosophy at the Jewish Theological Seminary, and member of the Mizrachi Zionist movement; whom died in Palestine in 1942. This volume contains his comprehensive work in German on the readings of Holy Scripture in rabbinic literature. Subjects: Rabbinical literature - History and criticism. Bible. O. T. - Criticism, interpretation, etc, Jewish. Clean and fresh, in very good condition +. (RAB-57-6)xxx (ID #32470) $135.00.
  332.  

     

     

     

     

     

  333. Abramowitz, Bernard; V Samuel David Arenson. DAT YISRA’EL: BO KATUV BA’ER HETEV BI-SHETEY SAFOT, ‘IVRIT VE-ANGLIT DATE YISRA’EL HA-NEHUTSIM LE-MA’ASEH = THE LAW OF ISRAEL: A COMPILATION OF THE HAYYE ADAM [PART ONE ONLY]. New York; Leonson & Weinkrantz, 1897. Cloth, Later Cloth. 1897 [5659]. 8vo. [1], 24, 220 pages. 22 cm. First Edition. In Hebrew and English. Singerman 5508. Added blue-ink title page. Carefully compiled and arranged by Bernard Abramowitz. Translated by V. Samuel David Aaronson. Rabbi Bernard Abramowitz, who was born in Lithuania, practiced as a rabbi in the United States and died in Jerusalem; he founded the first branch of Mizrahi in St. Louis, and served as President of American Mizrahi, thus serving as an early central figure in religious zionism. Part one of the Law of Israel; a digest of practical Halakhah; our copy contains the “appendix consisting of selections from Maimonides and Bahya Ibn Paquda in English translation, a Hebrew and English preface and a digest of Laws in English” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry # 584). Subjects: Jewish law. Jews - Legal status, laws, etc. OCLC lists 25 copies. Later cloth soiled, later endpages brittle, institutional marks on endpages, light soiling to outer edges, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (AMR-44-4) (ID #31541) $100.00.
  334.  

     

     

     

     

     

  335. Levi Ben Gershon, Seymour Feldman. THE WARS OF THE LORD VOLUME ONE [OF THREE]. Philadelphia Jewish Publication Society Of America, 1984. Hardcover, 8vo, IX, 278 pages. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Judische Philosophie. Divine knowledge. Levi ben Gershom (1288–1344; acronym: RaLBaG; also called Maestre Leo de Bagnols; Magister Leo Hebraeus; Gersonides) was a “mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and biblical commentator, born probably at Bagnols-sur-Ceze (Languedoc – now departement du Gard, France). He lived primarily in Orange and briefly at Avignon. Little is known about his life beyond the fact that he maintained relations with important Christian persons. Levi had very broad intellectual interests and contributed to many areas of human learning” (Touati, Charles, and Bernard R. Goldstein in EJ 2010). OCLC lists 6 copies worldwide (Better World Books INC, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Herzog August Bibliothek, Staatsbibliothek Zu Berlin, Universititsbibliothek Werzburg, University Bibl Johann Christian Senckenberg). Light foxing on outer edges, Good Condition in Very Good Jacket. (RAB-57-2A) (ID #32549) $30.00.
  336.  

     

     

     

     

     

  337. Rabbinical Literary Association Of America. THE HEBREW REVIEW [VOLUME II, NUMBER 4, APRIL 1, 1883; LAST ISSUE]. Cincinnati, O.; Published By The Rabbinical Literary Association Of America [By] Bloch & Co, 1883. Original Wraps. 8vo. [183-271] pages. 24 cm. Quarterly periodical. Last issue. Contains an index for volume II, the essays “On Transmission and Imputation of Guilt to Posterity” (by Isaac Schwab), “Life and Writings of Saadia Gaon” (by Abraham DeSola), “Original Sin” (Isaac Schwab), and “An Explanation to the Reader”, which declares this issue, nine months late, to be the closing number, as the editor, Max Lilienthal, passed away, which caused the demise of this issue; the explanation also serves to lament the late loss of Abraham DeSola and Henry Vidaver. “The Hebrew Review: Literary magazine; published at Cincinnati, Ohio, during the years 1881 and 1892 (2 vols.) by the Rabbinical Literary Association of America. The president of the association, Dr. Max Lilienthal, and after his decease the vice-president, Dr. K. Kohler, edited the magazine.” (1906 Jewish Encyclopedia). Singerman # S129. Subjects: Jews - Periodicals. Jews - United States - Periodicals. OCLC lists 17 copies. Wraps soiled, with light foxing on back; internally fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (AMR-39-29) (ID #31423) $100.00.
  338.  

     

     

     

     

     

  339. Meyerson, Zorach. SEFER PIRKE AVOT: ‘IM PERUSH HA-YAKAR VEHE-HADASH TOV VE-YAFEH. New York; Bi-Defus A. H. Rozenberg, 1910. Original cloth. 8vo. [148] pages. 23 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Commentary on Pirkei Avot. “Mayerson was in New York in 1909 (pp. 2, 4). This volume contains the text of Tractate Avot of the Mishnah (Pirkei Avot/ Ethics of the Fathers) with Mayerson’s commentary underneath.” (Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America, entry 737). Contains approbations of all major New York rabbis of the time. Subjects: Mishnah. Avot - Commentaries. Mishnah. Avot. 1910. OCLC lists 10 copies. Cloth and endpages worn and starting, original treatise in very fresh and clean condition. Very good + condition. (KH-1-52) (ID #32118) $100.00.
  340.  

     

     

     

     

     

  341. Weisz, Jekuthiel (Gaspar). PIRKEI AVOS [PIRKE AVOT]. Buenos Aires, Eugenio Villa,. No Date (ca. 1937?). Publisher’s Cloth, 8vo, 162 pages. In Hebrew. The book, by a native of Tiszafured, Hungary, was published by his son, Chaim Jacob (Eugenio) Villa, in the Argentine capital. Paper browning as expected, but solid; rear inside hinge starting, Good Condition. (SPEC-35-10) (ID #30794) $100.00.
  342.  

     

     

     

     

     

  343. Samson Ben Isaac, Of Chinon; Hayim Mordekhai Zilberman. SEFER KERITUT: BO MEVO'AR KOL KELALE VE-SUGYOT HA-TALMUD. HAGAHOT [BE-SHEM] LIKUTE MORDEKHAI. Varsha; Bi-Defus N. Shriftgisser, 1854. Original boards. 8vo. 91 Leaves. 22 cm. 'Sefer Keritut' (first published Constantinople, 1515), “a methodology of the Talmud divided into five parts: (a) 'Bet Middot, ' treating of the thirteen rules of R. Ishmael; (b) 'Bet ha-Mikdash, ' on the rules for deductions by analogy and conclusions a fortiori; (c) 'Netibot 'Olam, ' containing explanations of the thirty-two rules of R. Eliezer ben Jose ha-Gelili; (d) 'Yemot 'Olam, ' giving the names of the Tannaim and Amoraim, and setting forth a method for deciding between the contrary opinions of two doctors; (e) 'Leshon Limmudim, ' explanations of certain halakic decisions. The 'Sefer Keritut, ' owing to its easy style and its author's great authority, became a classic. … Samson ben Isaac of Chinon: French Talmudist; lived at Chinon between 1260 and 1330. In Talmudic literature he is generally called after his native place, Chinon, and sometimes by the abbreviation MaHaRShaK. He was a contemporary of Perez Kohen Gerondi, who, as reported by Isaac ben Sheshet, declared Samson to be the greatest rabbinical authority of his time (Responsa, No. 157).” (1906 JE). Bound in original marbled boards and quarter leather, printed on ragpaper, printers device on last page. Subjects: Talmud – Hermeneutics. OCLC lists four copies of this edition. Spine previously repaired with tape, front hinge lightly shaken, boards rubbed, internally clean and fresh. Good condition. (RAB-56-29) (ID #32646) $50.00.