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Joseph Hayyim Ben Elijah Al-Hakam. ספר
אדרת אליהו SEFER ADERET ELIYAHU. Livorno:
Bi-Defus A. Ben Amozeg 1864. Hardcover, 348 pages, 8vo, 24 cm. In Hebrew. 1st
edition. SUBJECT(S): Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Bible. O. T. Pentateuch --
Sermons. Bible. O. T. Pentateuch -- Commentaries. Al-Hakam (1833-1909) was a
rabbi. He was the son of Elijah al-Hakam and the father of Jacob al-Hakam. Born
in Baghdad, he
studied with his maternal uncle, David Hai b. Meir. In 1848 he began to study
under Abdallah Somekh. He succeeded his father as preacher, a post he held
until his death. In 1869 he visited Erez Israel. In 1876 Jacob Obermeier of Vienna, who had come to Baghdad to teach French, insulted Joseph
Hayyim. The community excommunicated him and compelled him to request the
rabbi's pardon. Al-Hakam was renowned as a great halakhic authority who
instituted many takkanot. He wrote some 60 works on all aspects of Torah, only
a few of which have been published. He is best known for his Ben Ish Hai,
homilies blended with halakhah and Kabbalah. This work achieved immense
popularity, particularly in Oriental communities, where it is studied
extensively and has gone through many editions. His other published works
include Ben Yehoyada, five volumes of commentaries to the aggadic portions of
the Babylonian Talmud and Rav Pe’alim, responsa. He wrote approximately
200 piyyutim and pizmonim, about 50 of which are incorporated in the liturgy of
Baghdad Jewry; the rest are still in manuscript" (David in EJ, 2007). OCLC
lists 6 copies worldwide. Stained pages. Hinge repair. Wear to binding. Wear
and chipping to edges of cover and corners. Otherwise, good condition.
(Rab-44-8). (ID #24716) $150.00
Talmud, Published to Disprove the Antisemites and Dedicated to the Czar!
Pinner, E. M (Ephraim Moses) ; compiler and
translator. TALMUD BABLI: BABYLONISCHER TALMUD. TRACTAT BERACHOTH
SEGENSPRÜCHE [ONLY, NO MORE PUBLISHED] Berlin,
[Gedruckt Bei I.
Lewent], 1842. Cloth. Folio.  pages. 45 cm. Parallel text in German and
Hebrew. Translation of the “Berachoth” tractate of the Babylonian
Talmud compiled and translated by E. M. Pinner. With a dedication to Tsar
Nicholas I of Russia,
noteworthy in part because of Nicholas’ anti-Semitic beliefs. "The
deeds of Czar Nicholas I caused the Jews of his empire to call him "Haman
II. ' Nicholas's thirty-year reign represented one of
the darkest eras in Russian Jewish history” (Jewish Virtual Library).
Labeled as “Erster Band” (Volume One) ; as later volumes were never
issued, this volume represents the complete work. Includes parallel translation
and commentary. Improvements from previous editions include: new readings and
parallel passages in all parts of the tracts and commentaries, vocalization of
the Mishnah, the Mishnah and Gemara punctuation, Rashi and Tosepoth, etymology,
and transfer of foreign words, and statements by the Meharschal Meharscha, R.
Ash with an explanation of the Halakha and the variant readings. (Mit deutscher
Uebersetzung und den Commentaren Raschi und Tosepoth nebst den verschiedenen
Verbesserungen aller früheren Ausgaben. Hinzugefügt sind: Neue
Lesarten und Parallelstellen in allen Theilen dieses Tractates und der
Commentare, Vokalisation der Mischnah, Interpunktion der Mischnah und Gemara,
Raschi und Tosepoth, Etymologie und Uebertragung der fremden Wörter,
Erklärungen des Meharschal und Meharscha, R. Ascher mit Erläuterung
der Halachah und den abweichenden Lesarten). Pinner was a German Talmudist and
archeologist; born in Pinne about 1800; died in Berlin 1880. His first work, bearing the pretentious
title of "Kizzur Talmud Yerushalmi we-Talmud Babli" =
"Compendium of the Jerusalem Talmud and of the Babylonian Talmud" (Berlin, 1831) ,
contained specimens of translation of both Talmuds and an attempted biography
of the tanna Simeon b. Yohai. It was published as the forerunner of his
proposed translation of the Talmud; and his travels through Germany, France,
England, Italy, Turkey,
were probably undertaken for the purpose of furthering that plan. Pinner went
from Constantinople to St. Petersburg
in 1837, and secured the permission of Emperor Nicholas I. To dedicate the
translation to him. It was to have been completed in twenty-eight folio
volumes; but only one appeared, the tractate Berakot, which was published five
years later (Berlin,
1842). This is a splendidly printed book, dedicated to the emperor, who also
heads the list of subscribers. The latter includes the names of the kings of Prussia, Holland,
Belgium, and Denmark, and of
about twenty-five dukes, princes, archbishops, and bishops. The volume contains
approbations from several rabbis, none of whom lived in Russia, in which country only representatives of
Haskalah, like Abraham Stern, Isaac Baer Levinsohn, Jacob Tugendhold of Warsaw, and Abraham b.
Joseph Sack of Vilna, favored the undertaking. Their approval was given in
signed eulogies, which follow the approbations of the non-Russian rabbis. Three
years after the appearance of the tractate Berakot, Pinner, who had apparently
remained in Russia in the hope of being able to continue the publication of the
translation, gave to the world his famous "Prospectus der Odessaer
Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Altherthum Gehörenden Aeltesten
Hebraäischen und Rabbinischen Manuscripte" (Odessa, 1845) , which for
the first time brought to the attention of the world the archeological
discoveries (mostly spurious) of Abraham Firkovich. The publication of
facsimiles, on which Simhah Pinsker and other investigators founded their
theories on "nikkud" (punctuation) , was, according to Geiger ("Wiss.
Zeit. Jüd. Theol. " vi. 109) , Pinner's only service to science. In
the introduction to this volume he wrote: "Nowadays many Jews are unable
to study Talmud in the original; those who know it can't teach it…. Up to
now no one has undertaken to translate the Talmud into the vernacular, and
there are even some who have distorted the Talmud and accused the rabbis of
saying things they never would have said. Therefore, I have taken upon myself
to translate the Talmud into German. " That is, there are two reasons: 1.
To open the Talmud to Jews and 2. To counter hostile non-Jewish mis-impressions
about the Talmud. What of the Czar's support? According to Adam Mintz, he
supported the translation for two reasons: 1. At the time he was trying to
Jews via cultural and religious restrictions on the Jews. This included the
discouragement of the use of Yiddish and the encouragement of the use of
European languages, like German, which was close to Yiddish and therefore a
practical replacement. And, 2. As a real antisemite, Nicholas commissioned a
report to understand what's wrong with the Jews. The report issued found that
the Talmud was the cause of the refusal of the Jews to assimilate into Russian
society. Nicholas felt that exposing the Talmud would ameliorate this problem,
and to do so would require translating it into European languages, and he was
prepared to pay handsomely for such translations. Thus, Pinner planned to use
Czar Nicholas and Czar Nicholas planned to use Pinner. Nicholas purchased 100
volumes of Pinner's translation, and so when it was printed, it was dedicated
to him! In addition to Nicholas, there were about a thousand subscribers,
including Kings Frederick Wilhelm IV of Prussia,
Wilhelm I of Holland, Leopold of Belgium and Frederick IV of Denmark. At the
beginning of the volume were 18 haskamot from both traditional rabbis and
maskilim. The volume itself was evidently aesthetically pleasing. It included
the traditional layout with German translation on the facing pages. In addition,
punctuation was supplied for Rashi and Tosafos. At the bottom of each page he
included a translation and etymology of selected difficult words. When Pinner
tried to acquire a haskamah from the Chasam Sofer, the latter was incredulous
on the grounds that a vernacular translation is basically impossible given that
the plain understanding of Rashi alone is subject to many disagreements, so how
could anyone think they could manage such a translation? Pinner assured him
that he didn't mean that he would do the whole thing himself, rather he would
have a team and he would be the editor. One of the rabbis who would serve as
translators was R. Nathan Adler (then rabbi of Hanover;
later Chief Rabbi of Great
Britain). Pinner claimed that he had lined
up R. Adler to translate Eruvin and Yevamos. The Chasam Sofer accepted this,
and wrote a haskamah. As it turned out, Pinner had been playing loose with the
truth. Pinner used R. Adler's name to receive this haskamah, and then used the
Chasam Sofer's haskamah to get more. Apparently R. Adler denied any involvement
at all. When the Chasam Sofer found out, he retracted his haskamah. Not only
that, when it became known that Pinner continued to use the haskamah, Chasam
Sofer issues a kol koreh asking rabbis to ban the printing, buying and reading
of the work. Shadal too did not offer a haskamah on similar grounds (his letter
on the matter was printed in Keren Hemed 2 (1836) pp. 174-182. In addition to
highlighting certain errors he felt Pinner had made he questioned whether one
man could indeed translate the entire Talmud, noting that even Rashi could not
complete his commentary on the Talmud. Interestingly enough, another objection
to the work arose in some quarters, best exemplified by a letter written to the
Chasam Sofer by a Dutch rabbi, Tzvi Hirsch Lehrin. In it he noted that if there
had been so much opposition to Mendelssohn's Bible, which was only a
translation into German with Hebrew letters, how much more so must there be
something faulty with a Talmud translated into German with German letters! In
addition, argued R. Lehrer, although Pinner might have been motivated le-shem
shamayim, to defend the honor of the Talmud before detractors, the opposite
would occur once its contents were accessible: opponents would use it to
denigrate the Sages, noting that a classic denigration of Talmudic Judaism by
wayward Jews is the case of the egg laid on a holiday, deemed irrelevant. How
much more so would non-Jewish opponents of the Talmud use this translation
against it! Interesting as well is that this was not the Chasam Sofer's
objection. Ultimately the Czar discovered his true motive and support was
withdrawn, which was why only Berakhot ever appeared. OCLC lists 26 copies
worldwide. Ex-library with usual markings. German title page is has several
tears, repaired by previous owner with tape; no loss of paper and all text is
clear. Backstrip repaired. Cover shows wear with staining and rubbing at edges.
Internal pages are darkened at edges, but all text is clear and binding is tight.
Good condition. Important. (SPEC-14-16). $600.00
Abraham Ben Jehiel Michal.
לו חלק שני
יכונה נשמת אדם
HAYE ADAM: HELEK RISHON MI-SEFER ORAH HAYIM. KOL
HA-MITSVOT. VE-‘OD. HELEK SHENI YEKHUNEH
NISHMAT ADAM. Vilna: Nidpas al Yede Menahem Man Ve-Simhah Zimel, 1841. Hardcover, Folio, 4 leaves, 218 pages,
38 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Jewish law. Judaism -- Customs and practices.
Other Titles: Nishmat adam. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (Harvard, NYPL).
Ex-library. Browning to pages. Light chipping to edges of pages. Wear to cover
binding and spine. Bumped corners. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-13-1). (ID
, Yaakov Meir, Aaron Ben Meir Of Brest-Litovsk. ספר
מקור מים חיים
SEFER MEKOR MAYIM HAYIM (VOL. 2 ONLY OF 2). Sadilkov: Nidpas Be-Vet Yitshak
Sudylkow 1836. Hardcover, 190
pages, Folio, 37 cm. In Hebrew. Contents: helek 2: Le-varer kamah inyanim
amukim be-Shas u-poskim. Kuntres Anaf ets avot ve-hu kamah teshuvot le-R.
Aharon b. R. Meir mi-Brisk. (h? Elek 1, not present, contains: Al Shulhan arukh
Yoreh deah). SUBJECT(S): Jewish law. Responsa -- 1600-1800. Karo, Joseph ben
Ephraim, 1488-1575. Yoreh deah - Commentaries. Talmud -- Commentaries. Other
Titles: Mekor mayim hayim. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (Brandeis, JTS).
Ex-library with usual markings. Hinge repair. Covers not attached to binding.
Stained pages. Crease marks on some pages. Otherwise, very good condition.
(Rab-34A-1). (ID #24541) $150.00
Luria, Solomon Ben Jehiel. ספר
ים של שלמה:
SEFER YAM SHEL SHELOMOH
MI-MASEKHET HULIN. Furth
92 leaves, large 4to, 34cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Talmud -- Commentaries. Talmud.
H? Ullin -- Commentaries. OCLC lists 4 copies worldwide (Yale, Spertus, JTS, Cambridge).
Ex-library with usual markings. Notes inside front cover. Water stain to bottom
of pages throughout book. Wear and chipping to edges of front and back cover.
Wear to cover binding. Stained pages. Otherwise, good condition. (BIB-15-13).
(ID #24283) $350.00
6. Luria, Solomon Ben Jehiel,. ים של שלמה:
ממסכת יום טוב
[ביצה YAM SHEL SHELOMOH: MI-MASEKHET YOM TOV
[BETSAH]. Fiyorda (Furth):
Bi-Defus Yosef Fetshoya, 1766, Hardcover, 76 pages (38 leaves)
, large 8vo, 32 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Talmud. Yom T Ov --
Commentaries. Talmud. Bez Ah -- Commentaries. Ex-library with usual markings.
Browning of some pages. Hinge repair. Fold to cover. Wear to edges and corners
of covers. Otherwise, very good condition. (BIB-15-12). (ID #24282) $300.00
7. Karo, Joseph Ben Ephraim and,
Moses Nehemiah Kahanov. נתיבות
חושן משפט]: עפ
נתיב ים, דרך
NETIVOT SHALOM: KOLEL ORHOT HAYIM [MI-TUR SHULHAN ‘ARUKH EVEN
HA-‘EZER]: VE-ORHOT MISHPAT [MI-TUR SHULHAN ‘ARUKH HOSHEN MISHPAT]:
‘IM NETIV YAM, DEREKH TESHUVAH, DEREKH TEVUNOT. Konigsberg:
Nidpas ‘a. Y. T. Ha-Kohen Efrati Ve-R. Y. Bekker, 1859, Hardcover, 8vo,
12, 108, 144 pages, 22 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim,
1488-1575. Even ha-‘ezer -- Commentaries. Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim,
1488-1575. Hoshen mishpat-- Commentaries. Kahanov (1817–1883) , was a
talmudist. He was born in Belorussia
but after his marriage at the age of 15, settled in Petrovice where at the age
of 18 he was appointed assistant to the local rabbi. Some years later, he
became rabbi of Khaslavich, a city noted for its scholars. In 1864 he set out
On his arrival, after a journey of six months, he was appointed head of the Ez
Hayyim yeshivah, the most important in Jerusalem,
remaining in this position until his death. Kahanov was remarkably progressive
for his time and environment. He appealed for the founding of industrial
enterprises, a daring proposal for that time. He even consented to the proposal
of Sir Moses Montefiore to introduce the teaching of the vernacular, Arabic, in
his yeshivah, but was obliged to abandon the proposal in the face of pressure
from extremist elements. One of the first of the old yishuv to speak only
Hebrew, he was also one of those who encouraged settlement outside the walls of
the Old City of Jerusalem, building a house for himself in Nahlat Shivah. Among
his publications were Erez Hefez, on laws of terumah and tithes; Hukkot Olam,
on mixed species; Mei Menuhot on the laws of the sabbath, to which was appended
Palgei Mayim, giving rules for those traveling by ship on the sabbath; and
Netivot ha-Shalom on the Shulhan Arukh. He applied himself particularly to the
question of the application of the laws of the sabbatical year which had become
of practical importance with the establishment of the Jewish agricultural
colonies, and in this connection published Shenat ha-Sheva. The eulogies he
delivered on the deaths of Baron Asher Rothschild and Sir Moses Montefiore were
published. His Sha’alu Shelom Yerushalayim on the state of Jerusalem and its
citizens was published three times. His will was published in 1968 together
with a responsum on Jerusalem
and a brief biography" (Alfassi in EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 2 copies
worldwide (Brandeis, Univ Col
of London). Ex
library. Binding repair. Chipping on corners and edges. Stained pages.
Handwritten notes on inside front and back cover. Wear to cover spine.
Otherwise good condition. (Rab-44-19). (ID #24727) $150.00
Hayim Ze’ev Volf Ben Yitshak. דברי
כמה שיטות הש"ס
דרושים נחמדים DIVRE HAYIM: KOLEL SHENE HELAKIM:
HELEK RISHON KOLEL SH. U-T. VE-HAKIROT: LE-VE’ER KAMAH SHITOT HA-SHAS
VE-DIVRE HA-POSKIM: HELEK SHENI KOLEL DERUSHIM NEHMADIM. Eydtukuhnen: Bi-Defus
Katsineliboygin Ve- Shemaryahu Rabinovnits 1872, Hardcover, 8vo, 52 leaves, 28
cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Responsa -- 1800-1948. Jewish sermons.
Bound with 19th Century reprint of: Sefer Toldot Yitshak Krakow (1593). OCLC
lists 1 copy worldwide (Yivo). Library stamps and inscriptions on front page.
Bumped corners. Yellowing of pages. Good condition. (Heb-12-6). (ID #25426)
Dias Brandon, Binyamin Refa’el. ספר
עמק בנימן SEFER ‘EMEK BINYAMIN. Borgoprund: M.
Friedlander 1911, Hardcover, 12mo, 60 pages, 29 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S):
Descriptor: Responsa -- 1600-1800. Reprint. Originally published: Amsterdam, Yohan Yanson,
513 . OCLC lists 1 copy worldwide (Brandeis). Bumped corners and edges.
Loose pages. Yellowing of pages. Otherwise good condition. (Heb-12-5). (ID
10. Maimonides, Moses, Judah
Ben Solomon Harizi, Simon B Scheyer, Leon Schlosberg, Salmon Munk, A Lowy.
SEFER MOREH NEVUKHIM. London:
Ha-Adon Bagster, 1851. Hardcover, 8vo, vi, 98 pages, 23 cm. In Hebrew
SUBJECT(S): Philosophy, Jewish -- Medieval. Added title page in Latin: Rabbi
Mosis Maimonidis Liber More nebuchim. Printed in double columns. Other Titles:
Sefer Moreh Nevukhim; Mojre newuchim; Rabbi Mosis Maimonidis Liber More
nebuchim. Harizi (1165-1225) was a "Hebrew poet and translator. He was
born in Spain,
very likely in Christian Toledo, a city that at this time preserved Arabic
culture and that he describes with particular detail; however, there are no
conclusive proofs of it, and other places have also been suggested. His
education in this cultural atmosphere made him familiar with Arabic and Hebrew
language and literature. Al-Harizi was a member of a wealthy family which
became impoverished, and was therefore dependent on patrons. He spent some
years in Provence, where he translated several
Arabic works into Hebrew for the non-Arabic speaking Jews and participated in
the ideological disputes of the time, returning to Spain
in 1190; in 1205 he was in Toledo
and wrote a poem on the death of Joseph ben Shoshan. During discussions of the
work of Maimonides he defended the Master against the anti-rationalist rabbis
Some time later he left Spain
to travel to the Orient. He first went to Marseilles,
and from there he sailed to Egypt;
in 1215 he arrived in Alexandria and from there
he visited Cairo, later continuing to Palestine, Syria,
According to the information that he gives us in one of his works, in 1218 he
was in Jerusalem.
Mosul, and Baghdad
were among the cities visited. He mentions seeing the tombs of the prophet
Ezekiel and of Ezra in Susa.
The ten last years of his life, until his death in Aleppo in 1225, are now much better known
thanks to important documents discovered and published in recent years. J.
Sadan published in 1996 an Arabic biography written by Ibn al-Sha'ar al-Mawili
in a work on the poets of his time. There are also many details about his
travels in his Tahkemoni as well as in an Arabic description, Al-rawdah
al-aniqah, written by Al-‘Arizi himself in his last years, which has been
published and annotated by Y. Yahalom and Y. Blau" (Mirsky, Stroll,
Saenz-Badillos, Avenary in EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 15 copies worldwide. Hinge
repair. Wear to binding. Stained pages. Wear to cover edges and binding. Wear
and chipping to cover. Otherwise, good condition. (Rab-44-15). (ID #24723)
Wildmann, Isaac Eisik. ספר מגן
יסודי חכמת הקבלה SEFER MAGEN VE-TSINAH: ASHER
HEHEZIK GIBOR VE-ISH MILHAMAH, MILHAMTAH HA-TORAHVE-AMITAT HA-KOKHMAH.
VE-NILVEH ELAV KUNTRES NIFLA, BE-BEUR YESODE HOKHMAT HA-KABALAH. MOSHEH HAYIM
1854-1855. Hardcover, 12mo, 78 leaves, 23 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Cabala. Modena, Leone, 1571-1648.
Ari nohem. OCLC lists 11 copies worldwide. Some stained pages. Binding repair.
Ex-library with stamps. Chipping and wear to outer cover binding. Chipping to
cover edges and corners. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-18-11). (ID #26736)
Issac Baer Levinsohn’s Own Copy of his Most Important Work
12. Levinsohn, Isaac Baer (1788-1860).
TE`UDAH BE-YISRAEL. Vilna ve-Horodna: A. Y. Ha-Madpisim Menahem Man Ben Barukh
[Ve]-Imhah Zimel Ben Menahem Nahum, 1828, 12mo, xii, 193 pages. 21 cm. 1st
edition of Levinsohn's most important work. This copy is stamped “IBL”
on the title page with a period stamp; it is possibly Levinsohn’s own
copy. Levinsohn was one of the founders of the Haskalah in Russia.
"He also was known as Ribal (initials of Rabbi Isaac Baer Levinsohn) From 1820-23 he spread the ideas of the Haskalah as a
private tutor in wealthy homes in Berdichev and other towns.Levinsohn's
connections with the Russian government gave him authority in Haskalah circles
and protected him against the fury of his fanatical opponents. In his memoranda
he tried to persuade the Russian authorities to mitigate the persecution of the
Jews (his memorandum against the kidnapping of children for military service)
and to introduce reforms in the spirit of the Haskalah. He supported a plan for
agricultural settlement of Jews, especially those who had lost their livelihood
owing to expulsion from the countryside and border areas.Levinsohn's literary
work was mainly polemical and propagandistic. It dealt with the social,
internal, and external position of the Jews in Eastern Europe.
He started his public advocacy of the Haskalah by writing satires, mainly
imitations of those by Perl and Erter.In 1823, Levinsohn completed his most
influential work Te'udah be-Yisrael ("Testimony in Israel") which,
because of Orthodox opposition, did not appear until 1828 (Vilna).[In it h]e characterized the Hebrew language as "the
bond of religion and national survival," uniting all the dispersions of
Israel into one people. He severely criticized the traditional Hadarim
("Hebrew schools") which he dubbed "Hadrei mavet"
("rooms of death"). He denounced their talmudic-centered curriculum,
their unsystematic method of instruction, and their employment of corporal
punishment. He objected to the use of Yiddish and demanded its replacement by
"pure" German or Russian. He demonstrated that great Jews of the past
knew foreign languages and studied the sciences, and explained the advantages
of such studies, both in business and in relations with the authorities. He
devoted considerable space to the advocacy of manual labor, especially farming,
and criticized Jewish fondness for petty trading. The book had a great impact
on Russian Jewish life. Groups formed in many towns which undertook to carry
out Levinsohn's proposals. Even a part of Orthodox Jewry received the book
sympathetically; only the Hasidim regarded it as a dangerous work. They banned
the book and labeled an adherent of the Haskalah with the pejorative epithet
te'udke. The Russian government awarded him a prize of 1,000 rubles for Te'udah
be-Yisrael. His contemporaries called him "The Russian Mendelssohn."
For the modern reader, only his first book, Te'udah be-Yisrael, is of some
historical value. By his personality and literary activity, Levinsohn
undoubtedly did much to strengthen the moderate Haskalah. Certain ideas
formulated in Te'udah be-Yisrael, such as educational reform and the transition
to a life of labor and agriculture, later became a part of the programs of
Hibbat Zion, Zionism, and other organizations and movements which preached "the
productivization" of the Jewish masses and their adaptation to life in the
modern world" (Yehuda Slutsky in EJ, 1972). Repair to title page, with
some loss of text. Otherwise Very Good Condition in Good period binding.
(HEB-1-22). First Edition. Binding is Quarter Leather. (ID #18450) $400.00
13. Ginzberg, Louis; Solomon
Schechter. GINZE SHEKHTER
(GENIZAH STUDIES IN THE MEMORY OF DOCTOR SOLOMON SCHECHTER). COMPLETE IN THREE
VOLUMES. New York:
Jtsa. 1928. 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,
"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. (MX-11-1).
Binding is Cloth. (ID #19252) $300.00
Deinard, E(phraim). OR ME'IR: KOLEL
RESHIMAT SIFRE YISRA'EL, KITVE YAD VE-NIDPASIM, HA-NIMTSA'IM BE-VET OTSAR
HA-SEFARIM HA-GADOL SHEL HA-HAKKHAM
VA-MEHALEL, HA-SHOFET, HA-R.
ME'IR ZULTSBERGER BE-FILADELFYA. OR MAYER: CATALOGUE OF THE OLD HEBREW
MANUSCRIPTS AND PRINTED BOOKS OF THE LIBRARY OF HON. M. SULZBERGER OF PHILADELPHIA, PA.
1896. New York:
E. Deinard, 1896. Original text-rich publisher's boards, 8vo, 100 pages. 23 cm.
"With compliments of the author" printed slip tipped in. SUBJECT(S):
Hebrew imprints -- Catalogs. Manuscripts, Hebrew -- Catalogs. Named Person:
Sulzberger, Mayer, 1843- -- Library -- Catalogs. Very good condition.
(heb-7-19B). (ID #26708) $150.00
Tobi, Joseph. KITVE-HA-YAD HA-TEMANIYIM BI-MEKHON BEN-TSEVI. Jerusalem: Mekhon Ben-tsevi Le-heker Kehilot
Yisrael Ba-mizrah, 1982 8vo. 404 pages. In Hebrew. Facsimile illustrations.
First edition. SUBJECT (S): Manuscripts, Hebrew – Jerusalem –
catalogs; Manuscripts, Judeo-Arabic – Jerusalem – catalogs;
Manuscripts – Yemen – catalogs; Judaism – Yemen –
bibliography – catalogs; Mekhon Ben-Tsevi le-eker kehilot Yisrael
ba-Mizrah – library – catalogs. OCLC lists 13 copies worldwide.
Ends of spine worn, very good condition. (HEB-3-3) $50.00
16. Tishby, Isaiah. HIKRE KABALAH
U-SHELUHOTEHA: MEHKARIM U-MEKOROT. VOLUME 1. Jerusalem: Hotsaat Sefarim `a. Sh. Y. L.
Magnes. 1982, 1982. 8vo. 267 pages. In Hebrew. First
edition. SUBJECT (S): Cabala. SERIES: Sidrat "Kinus. " Tishby
(1908-1992) was a "scholar of Kabbalah, Shabbateanism, ethical Hebrew
literature, and Hasidism. Born as Sandor Schwartz in Sanislo, Hungary,
Tishby received a traditional rabbinic education but soon became interested in
secular literature and scholarly work. He wrote stories, articles, and poems in
Hungarian, publishing a collection of Hungarian poems. He settled in Palestine in 1933 and studied at the Hebrew University,
joining its department of Hebrew literature in 1951 (professor from 1955). He
wrote the article on hasidic thought in the Encyclopaedia Hebraica, which was
also published as a separate book—Torat ha-Hasidut ve-Sifrutah (1966).
Other studies of his deal with the messianic element in Hasidism, kabbalistic
messianism in 16th-century Italy,
and the messianic theology of M. H. Luzzatto and his circle. In 1979 he was
awarded the Israel Prize for Jewish Studies. "(Dan, EJ) Has dust jacket
that is slightly edgeworn, very good condition. (HEB-4-1). Binding is Paper
boards. (ID #19163) $45.00
Kaplan, Steven; Ben-Dor, Shoshanah; Aescoly, Aaron Zeev; Leslau, Wolf. YEHUDE
ETYOPYAH: BIBLIYOGRAFYAH MU`ERET. 1988. 8vo. 9, 163, xix pages. In Hebrew with
English preface and indices. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Jews – Ethiopia – bibliography; Ethiopia – ethnic relations
– bibliography. Falashas. Fine condition. (HEB-2-9) $30.00
18. Klausner, Joseph (Yosef Klozner). (תולדות
(תקמ״ה־תרע״ח. TOLDOT HA-SIFRUT HA-'IVRIT HA-HADASHAH
(545-678). Yerushalayim: Ha-Shiloah, 1919, 1919. Cloth, Square 8vo, 100 pages.
22 cm. 1st edition. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Hebrew literature, Modern -- History
and criticism. OCLC lists 19 copies worldwide. Includes bibliographic
references. Klausner (1874-1958) "was an active Zionist and a fervent
nationalist throughout his life, and his Zionist views color all his work. A
delegate to the First Congress, he was greatly influenced by the political
ideas of Herzl, although his cultural approach remained that of the Hovevei
Zion and Ah ad Ha-Am. He attended nearly every subsequent Congress until the
eleventh, contributing surveys on them to Ha-Shilo'a h. From 1930 he began to
identify himself more and more with the policy of Jabotinsky and was regarded
by the Revisionist Party, and later by its successor, Herut, as the ideologist
of the movement. He edited the monthly Beitar (together with B. Netanyahu) from
1932-33 and came out vigorously, both in speech and in writing, in support of
the ideals of the right-wing nationalists. In 1949 they put his name forward as
their candidate for the first president of the State of Israel in opposition to
Chaim Weizmann. " (Staff, EJ). Some wear to paper
but a good copy in period (original? ) binding. (heb-2-21). (ID #21706) $100.00
Levin, Ya`akov, Ha-Levi; Gelber, N. M. HA-YEHUDIM VEHA-MERED HA-POLANI:
ZIKHRONOTAV SHEL YA`AKOV HA-LEVI LEVIN MI-YEME HA-MERED HA-POLANI BI-SHENAT
Mosad Byalik, 1953
8vo. 150 pages. In Hebrew. First edition. Frontispiece.
SUBJECT (S): Jews – Poland
– sources; Poland
– history – revolution, 1830-1832 – sources. OCLC lists 26
copies worldwide. Very good condition. (HEB-2-8) $125.00
20. (Turkey) Gerber, Haim; Yuval
במאות ה־16־17: כלכלה
וחברה YEHUDE HA-IMPERYAH HA-`OT'OMANIT
BA-MEOT HA-16-17: KALKALAH VE-HEVRAH.
Merkaz Zalman Shazar le-ha`amakat ha-toda`ah ha-historit ha-Yehudit: ha-Hevrah
ha-historit ha-Yisre'elit. 1982, 1982. 8vo. 197 pages.
In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Jews – Turkey
– history – sources; Turkey – ethnic relations
– sources. SEREIS: Mekorot le-toldot `am Yisrael, ; sefer 9; Mi-pirsume
Merkaz Zalman Shazar; Variation: Mekorot le-toldot `am Yisrael (Merkaz Zalman
Shazar le-ha`amakat ha-toda`ah ha-historit ha-Yehudit) ; sefer 9. English
Title: Economic and social life of the Jews in the Ottoman
Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries. Ex library with bookplate.
Edgeworn. Good condition. (SEF-10-7). Binding is Paper wrappers. (ID #20904)
Amnon. YEHUDE YERUSHALAYIM BA-MEAH HA-SHESH-`ESREH LEFI TE`UDOT TURKIYOT SHEL
BET-HA-DIN HA-SHAR`I. Jerusalem: Yad Yitshak Ben-tsevi, 1976. 8vo. 100, xxii
pages. In Hebrew. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Jews – Jerusalem
– history – sources; Jews – legal status, laws, etc. -- Jerusalem; Jerusalem
– history – sources. SERIES: Sifriyah le-toldot ha-yishuv ha-Yehudi
be-Erets-Yisrael; Slight shelf wear, very good condition. (HEB-2-17) $30.00
Joshua Hoeschel Ben Joseph, Of Cracow. SEFER MEGINE SHELOMOH: HIDUSHE HALAKHOT.
AL GEMARA A.
P.T. AL MASEKHET SHABAT, PESAHIM, BETSAH, YEVAMOT, KETUBOT, KIDUSHIN, BAVA
KAMA, HULIN. Lemberg: Bi-Defus Naftali Hirts Grosman 1816, Hardcover, folio, 57
l pages, 39 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Talmud -- Commentaries. Hoeschel
(1578–1648) , was a "Polish rabbi. Joshua Hoeschel was born in
Vilna. In his youth he studied under Samuel b. Feibush in Przemysl and then in
the yeshivot of Meir b. Gedaliah of Lublin and Joshua Falk of Lemberg. From
1634 to 1639 he served as rabbi in the towns of Grodno, Tiktin, Przemysl, and Lemberg. At the
beginning of 1640 he was appointed head of the yeshivah of Cracow in succession to Nathan Spira, and
from 1640 to 1644 he served there as rabbi in an honorary capacity. He died in Cracow. His pupils
included Shabbetai b. Meir ha-Kohen, Gershon Ulif Ashkenazi, and Menahem Mendel
Auerbach. Halakhic problems were addressed to him from many countries. He
corresponded on kabbalistic topics with his relative, the kabbalist Samson b.
Pesah of Ostropol. Joshua Hoeschel did not follow the method of pilpul; he
strove toward greater independence in the domain of halakhah and directive
ruling, stating, "according to the custom of our country anything printed
in the Shulhan Arukh may not, God forfend, be changed, any more than the law of
Moses God spare us from such a view. The judge may decide only according to the
facts before him and anyone may disagree, even with the words of the rishonim,
if he has definite proof. " He wrote Meginnei Shelomo, on eight tractates
of the Talmud, in which he defends Rashi against the difficulties raised by the
tosafists; the responsa Penei Yehoshu'a, on the four divisions of the Shul? An
Arukh. " (Horowitz in EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 1
copy worldwide (Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies). Ex-library with usual
markings. Chipping to corners and edges of cover. Staining to pages. Top left
corner of some pages torn, no text loss. Otherwise good condition. (Rab-47-3).
(ID #24730) $225.00
Askenazi, Bezalel. SITAH MEQUBEZET: WE-HU ASEFAT ZEQENIM. AL MASEKET NAZIR.
Ofen: Konigl. Ungarische Universitats Buchdruckerey, 1820. Hardcover, folio, 80
pages, 36 cm. In Hebrew. Transliterated title on title page: Schita Mekobezes.
Other Titles: Schita Mekobezes. Bezalel ben Abraham Ashkenazi (ca. 1520 - ca. 1592) was a rabbi and
scholar of the Talmud who lived in the Palestine
during the 16th century. He is best known as the author of Shittah Mekubetzet,
a commentary on the Talmud. He is very straightforward in his writings and
occasionally offers textual amendments to the Talmud. His most important
disciple was the famous Kabbalist, Rabbi Isaac Luria.[T]he Shittah Mekubezet,
(trans. Gathered Interpretation) is a collection of glosses on the greater part
of the Talmud, after the fashion of the Tosafot; and in it Ashkenazi combined
much original and foreign material. The great value of the Shittah lies
principally in the fact that Ashkenazi gives therein numerous excerpts from
Talmudic commentaries which have not otherwise been preserved. The Shittah
contains expositions of the Talmud taken from the works of the Spaniards
Nahmanides, ben Adret, and Yom-Tov of Seville,
and from those of the Frenchmen Abraham ben David, Baruch ben Samuel, Isaac of
Chinon, etc. The study of the Shittah is particularly valuable for
understanding the Tosafists, because the work contains some of the older and
inedited Tosafot; besides, glosses of R. Asher ben Jehiel and of the disciples
of R. Perez are partly contained in it. Ashkenazi designed the Shittah to cover
the whole Talmud; but only the following tracts were interpreted: Bezah, Baba
Kamma, Baba Batra, Baba Metzia, Ketubot, Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah, and the order
of Kodashim (excepting Hullin) — the last-mentioned in the Romm edition
of the Talmud. (Wikipedia 2010). OCLC lists 1 copy
worldwide (Bibliotheek Universiteit Van Amsterdam). Ex-library with usual
marking. (Rab-47-2). (ID #24729) $225.00
• OVADYAH MI-BARTENURA. HAMASA LE-ERETS YISRAEL BI-SHENAT 247-248.. Berlin: Klal, 1922.
Wrappers. , 12mo. 70 pages. In Hebrew. Bright blue decorated covers. OCLC lists
no copies worldwide. Yapped edges bent. Pages dark. Very good condition.
(HEB-5-16) (ID #26771) $100.00.
• PESACHIM. TALMUD BAVLI.. Kapost, 1811. Hardcover, Folio, 126, 42, 17,
28, 46 leaves. Included in book are editions of Pesachim, Beitza, Moed Katan,
Chagiga. Ex-library. Wear to edges of cover and binding. Bumped and chipped
cover corners. Stained pages. Some chipped pages and some marginal worming.
Title page and first 2 leaves torn with substantial text loss. Otherwise, good
condition. (Heb-22-6) (ID #26812)
ספר כולל כמה
רז״ל על חמשה
ושופטים SEFER HA-YASHAR: VE-HU SEFER KOLEL KAMAH
SEFARIM U-MIDRASHE RAZAL ‘AL HAMISHAH HUMSHE TORAH U-KETSAT SEFER
YEHOSHUA ‘VE-SHOFTIM. Lemberg, 1840.
Hardcover, 12mo, 92 pages, 19 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Midrash. Bible.
Pentateuch -- Paraphrases, Hebrew. Front cover missing. Spine repair. First
four pages out of order. Bumped corners and edges. Light staining on pages.
Good condition. (Rab-48-6) (ID
27 • SHABBAT
[GEMARA]. Lacks title page, publisher and date
unknown. (ca. 1810-1850) Hardcover, folio, 188 leaves. Gemara Shabbat. Ex-library. Lacks title page. Light wear to pages. Wear to cover binding.
Stained pages. Writing on first
page. Hinge repair. Otherwise, good condition.
(Heb-22-7) (ID #26813) $35.00.
• SEFIRAT HA-OMER IM TEFILLAT MINHAH U-MAARIV U-MIZMORIM SE-OMRIM QODEM
TEFILLAT`ARAVIT WE-DINE SEFIRAT OMER BI-LESON ASKENAZ..... Offenbach: No Publisher, 1836. Half Leather,
48mo.93 p. In Hebrew. Includes frontis piece illustration, and illustrations
within of holidays and biblical scenes. OCLC lists only one copy worldwide
(UNIV OF GRONINGEN , Netherlands). Corners of some pages folded, some staining.
A few pageshave small holes. Light wear to covers. Good + condition.
(HEB-18-21) (ID #26767) $125.00.
Volozhiner, Hayyim Ben Isaac. יראת ה׳
אשר יקרא בשם
נפש החיים. YIR’AT H. LE-HAYIM. Vilna: Menahem
Nahum Ben Barukh Ve-Simhah Zimel Ben Menhem Nahum, 1837. Hardcover, 8vo, 126
pages, 23 cm. 2nd edition. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Descriptor: Ethics, Jewish.
Judaism -- Essence, genius, nature. Second edition. Hayyim ben Isaac
(1749–1821) was a “rabbi and educator, leading disciple of R.
Elijah b. Solomon Zalman the Gaon of Vilna and of R. Aryeh Gunzberg. R. Hayyim
was the acknowledged spiritual leader of non-Hasidic Russian Jewry of his day.
Hayyim distinguished himself both in the theoretical and practical spheres. In
1802 he founded the renowned yeshivah of Volozhin, which became the prototype
and inspiration for the great talmudic academies of Eastern Europe of the 19th
and 20th centuries, and similar schools in Israel,
the United States,
and elsewhere. His yeshivah... Transformed the whole religio-intellectual
character of Lithuanian Jewry. Imbued with his educational philosophy, it
raised religious scholarship in Lithuania
to the unique status it was to enjoy there until the Holocaust. It attracted
students from afar enhancing the dignity of their calling. Hayyim set high
standards for admission, insisting on extreme diligence and constancy of study,
and instituted in the yeshivah the system of collegial study, preferring it to
self-study. The talmudic methodology, which was introduced by Hayyim into the
yeshivah, was that of internal criticism of texts which he had learned from the
Vilna Gaon. Though humble and of pleasant disposition, Hayyim was fearlessly
independent in his scholarly endeavors. His insistence upon “straight
thinking” (iyyun yashar) , as opposed to the complicated dialectics
common to much of the talmudic discourse of his time, led him occasionally to
disagree even with decisions of the Shulhan Arukh, albeit with appropriate
reverence. The theological framework for Hayyim’s educational philosophy
is contained in his posthumously published Nefesh ha-Hayyim, which is addressed
primarily to “the men of the yeshivah” (Lamm in EJ 2010). OCLC
lists 12 copies worldwide. Cover corners torn and worn. Ex-library with usual
markings. Chipped corners and edges. Wear to binding. Light staining to pages.
Notes in front and back cover page. Good condition of text. (Heb-21-7) (ID
Samuel Menahem. SEFER ANSHE SHEM. MAKHIL MA'AMARIM 'AL HA-GERA MI-'ILNA,
HA-GAON R. YITS'AH EL'ANAN MI-KOVNO, R. MOSHEH MONTIFYORI, HA-GAON MAHARASH
MI-MOSKVA, DR. HERTSEL, LORD BALFOR, VE-'OD ANSHE SHEM SHONIM U-BA'. B. T.
NIKHBADIM.... St. Louis:
Saltz & Gellman. , 1936. Paper wrappers. , 8vo. 80 pages. Illustrated. In
Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Jews – biography. OCLC lists 19 copies worldwide.
Tanned, small tears and chips around edges of covers, good condition.
(HEB-8-17) (ID #26775) $75.00.
יוסף קלאוזנר. HA-RA’YON HA-MESHIHI
BE-YISRA’EL ME-RE’SHITO WE’AD HATIMAT HA-MISHNAH.. Jerusalem: J. Junovitch. ,
1927. Cloth. 4to. 345 pages. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Messiah; Jews –
history – to 70 A. D. SERIES: Sifriyyah historit-filologit. OCLC lists 2
copies worldwide (Univ of Chicago, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek). Klausner
(1874-1958) “was an active Zionist and a fervent nationalist throughout
his life, and his Zionist views color all his work. A delegate to the First
Congress, he was greatly influenced by the political ideas of Herzl, although
his cultural approach remained that of the Hovevei Zion and Ahad Ha-Am. He
attended nearly every subsequent Congress until the eleventh, contributing
surveys on them to Ha-Shilo'ah. From 1930 he began to identify himself more and
more with the policy of Jabotinsky and was regarded by the Revisionist Party,
and later by its successor, Herut, as the ideologist of the movement. He edited
the monthly Beitar (together with B. Netanyahu) from 1932–33 and came out
vigorously, both in speech and in writing, in support of the ideals of the
right-wing nationalists. In 1949 they put his name forward as their candidate
for the first president of the State of Israel in opposition to Chaim Weizmann.
” (Staff, EJ) Edges tanning, spine a little cocked, minor edgewear, good+
condition. (HEB-8-12) (ID #26773) $75.00.
חגיגה... / יעקב בן
לקח טוב. MISHNAT YA'BETS:
METSAREF U-MELABEN MASKANAT SUGYOT MASEKHET HAGIGAH.... Leeds:
Ba-Defus Shel Yosef Forton. , 1913. Cloth. 8vo. 108 pages. In Hebrew.
SUBJECT(S): Talmud. Hagigah – criticism, interpretation, etc. OCLC lists
9 copies worldwide. Covers lightly worn around the edges, pages tanned, good
condition. (HEB-8-3) (ID #26772) $75.00.
(Palaggi) , Hayyim. ZOHAR HADASH. VOLUME 1.. Smyrna: No Publisher. , 1868. Quarter
leather. , 8vo. In Hebrew. Volume one (of two) only. SUBJECT(S): Cabala. OCLC
lists 1 copy worldwide (UCLA). Palache (1788-1869) was born into a
distinguished family in Smyrna,
where he was a rabbi. He was an av bet din, passing judgments in religious
court. While a prolific writer, many of Palache's manuscripts remain
unpublished, and some were burned. (EJ) Marbled boards, gilt title on spine. Ex
library. Covers rather worn, on loose page, otherwise internally sound, good
condition. (HEB-8-18) (ID #26805) $300.00.
Saul Phinehas. מוצאי
תחנותם MOTSAE GOLAH:
ZIKHRONOT NEDUDE HA-GOLAH MI-SEFARAD U-PORTUGALYAH BA-DOROT HA-RISHONIM AHARE
HA-GERUSH, GORALAM U-MA`AMADAM HA-HOMRI VEHA-MUSARI BA-ARATSOT ASHER NITYASHVU
Ahiasaf. , 1894. Cloth. , 12mo. 385 pages. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Sephardim.
OCLC lists 24 copies worldwide. Rabbinowitz, born in 1845, was a Russian
historian and writer; he was ordained as a rabbi at the age of 18. In 1874 he
moved to Warsaw, where he edited such works as
volumes 1-3 of Keneset Israel,
and worked for Chovevei Zion. The “work on which his on which his
reputation rests” is Gratz's History of the Jews, which he began in 1888.
During the 1890s, he wrote a biography of Zacharias Frankel, an
“exhaustive” biography of Zunz, and this history of the exiled
Spanish Jews. (Rosenthal & Wiernik, JE) Pages tanning, bookplate, corners
bumped, good condition. (HEB-8-16) (ID #26774) $120.00.
קודש בארץ־ישראל. MATSEVOT KODESH BE-ERETS YISRAEL.. Jerusalem: Mosad Ha-Rav
Kuk. , 1950. Cloth. , 8vo. 462 pages. Photograph illustration plates. In
Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Sepulchral monuments – Palestine;
Tombs – Palestine; Palestine – antiquities; Bible. O. T.
-- antiquities. OCLC lists 21 copies worldwide. Ex library. Pages are tanned
and water stained, good condition. (HEB-9-3) (ID #26776) $100.00.
• Abraham Ben David, Weiss, Isaac Hirsch, Schlossberg, Jacob. ספרא דבי
רב: הוא ספר
פירוש. SIFRA DE-VE RAV: HU SEFER TORAT
KOHANIM: KOLEL MIDRESHE HA-TANA’IM...LE-SEFER VA-YIKRA
‘IM PERUSH. Vienna:
Ya?ak?ov Ha-Kohen Shlosberg, 1862.
Hardcover, folio, viii, 230 pages, 32 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Bible.
O. T. Leviticus -- Commentaries. Sifra -- Commentaries. Sifra; Sifra. Commentar
zu Leviticus. Weiss (1815–1905) , was a “scholar and writer on the
history of the Oral Law. Weiss, who was born in Gross-Meseritsch (Velke
Mezirici) , Moravia,
studied in the yeshivot of Trebitsch and Eisenstadt. His aim was to blend
fundamental talmudic condition with secular culture and the critical scientific
method. Weiss' scholarly work was wholly devoted to the study of the Oral Law.
He published two midreshei-halakhah with introductions and notes: the Sifra
(1862) and the Mekhilta (1865) , and wrote a grammar
book, Mishpat Leshon ha-Mishnah (1867). He published many articles, some of
which appeared in periodicals which he founded and edited” (Herr in EJ
2007). OCLC list 45 copies worldwide. Ex-library with stamp on front and back
inside cover. Spine broken. Binding needs repair. Loose pages. Bumps to corners
and edges of cover. Otherwise good condition. (Rab-48-5) (ID #26801) $125.00.
• Abulafia, Meir; Brill, Jehiel. כתאב
אגרות. KITAB ALRASA'IL. Paris: Yehiel Bril,
1871. Hardcover, 8vo, 21 and 152
pages, 20 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Resurrection (Jewish theology).
Named Person: Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Hilkhot teshuvah. Correspondence
with French rabbis on Maimonides’ doctrine of resurrection. Title in
Hebrew: Sefer igrot. OCLC lists 1 copy worldwide (YU). Personal library stamp
in front cover. Wear to front cover binding. Good condition. (Heb-25-4) (ID
• Adret, Solomon Ben Abraham; Heller, Yom-Tob Lipmann Ben Nathan Ha-Levi
Ben Wallerstein; Nahmanides. ספר חמש
קמא; חלק [שני
יום טוב על
טור אה״ע. SEFER HAMESH SHITOT. Prag:
Gedruckt Bey Franz Gerzabek, 1809. Hardcover, Folio, 88, 49, (3) pages, 38 cm.
In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Talmud -- Commentaries. Each section has special title
page. Includes Hagahot mi-Tosefot Yom T Ov. H? Idushe Ketubot are by Nah
Manides. OCLC lists 1 copy worldwide (JTS). Missing front cover. Chipped
corners and edges. Wear to binding. Good condition. (Heb-23-4) (ID #26806)
• Benjamin, Israel Joseph. מסעי ישראל:
בו ספר מאחינו
דעותיהם ומנהגיהם... SEFER MASA`EI YISRA`EL, BO YESUPAR
ME`AHEINU BENEI YISRA`EL HA-NEFUTSIM BE`ARTSOT ASIYAH VE-AFRIKAH. Elk, Bi-Defus
Ts. H. Fetsel, 1859. Cloth. 8vo.
, 134 pages. 20 cm. 1st Hebrew Edition. Hebrew
translation of “Acht Jahre in Asien und Afrika” (Eight Years in
Asia and Africa). After losing money in
business at the age of 25, Benjamin decided to travel in search of the Ten Lost
Tribes, leaving behind his pregnant wife and five year old son. Fashioning
himself as Binyamin ha-Sheni, (The Second Benjamin) --the medieval Benjamin of
Tudela (12th century) being the first---he recorded his travels to the Jewish
communities throughout the world. SUBJECT(S): Jews -- Africa,
North -- Social conditions. Jews -- Asia -- Social conditions. Geographic: Asia -- Description and travel. Africa,
North -- Description and travel. OCLC lists 4 copies worldwide (Columbia University, New York
Public Library, University
of California Berkeley, Free Library of Philadelphia). Foldout map in endpages
detached but present. Boards worn with peeling and staining. Internal pages are
lightly soiled with some foxing, but all text is clear. Inscription from
previous owner on front end page. Good condition. (SPEC16-24). (ID #26803) $175.00.
• Dulcin, Arye; Shenkar, Avraham; Harkavy, Yitshaq; Tsimuqi, Arye; Ron,
Moshe; Hendel, Gershon. SHLOSH MEOT SHANA LA-‘ITONUT HA-YEHUDIT
BA-‘OLAM, 1675-1975. Jerusalem,
1975. Softcover, 8vo, 68 pages, illustrations. In Hebrew.
300 years of the Jewish Press. Other Titles: 300 shana
shel `itonut yehudit, 436-736 - 1675-1975. Very good condition.
(Heb-25-1) (ID #26798) $50.00.
• Elijah, Of Pesaro; Goldberg, Baer Ben Alexander; Adelman, Mordecai;
Bonfils, Joseph Ben Samuel; Rashi.
מכתב מאליהו מעיר
שכ״ד חדש מרחשון:
נעתק מכתב יד
MIKHTAV ME-ELIYAHU ME-‘IR PISARO ASHER BE-ITALYAH. Paris: B. G. , M. Adelman,
1878. Hardcover, 8vo, 30 pages, 22
cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Jewish travelers. Responsa -- 1040-1600.
Jews -- Cyprus -- Famagusta -- Social conditions. Geographic: Cyprus -- Famagusta
-- Description and travel. Le texte est en hebreu avec une page de titre en
francais. H? Overet 1 also has imprint: Wien: Buchdruckerei von Georg Brog. No
more published. Elijah of Pesaro was an “Italian scholar and traveler.
After living for some time in Venice, Elijah set
out for the Holy Land in 1563 but was obliged to stop his journey in Cyprus as there was an outbreak of cholera in
From Famagusta he wrote a letter to his
relatives in Italy
describing the journey, giving advice to travelers, and including an account of
which remains a primary source for the social and economic history of the
island. Elijah also wrote philosophical homilies and commentaries on the Song
of Songs, Jonah, and Job” (Toaff in EJ 2010). OCLC lists 3 copies
worldwide (JTS, Hebrew Union College,
of Manchester). Pages
yellowed. Edges brittle. Wear to binding. Some pages not attached. (Heb-25-12)
(ID #26800) $125.00.
• Frankfurt, Moshe. CHOSHEN HAMISHPAT. Kapost, No Date (early-mid 18th
Century). Hardcover, 8vo, 333 leaves. In Hebrew. None on OCLC. Stained pages.
Light wear to cover edges and binding. Good condition. (Heb-22-4) (ID #26810)
• Greenwald, Jekuthiel Judah.
הגר עד שנת
KOROT HA-TORAH VEHA-EMUNAH BE-HUNGARYAH. KOLEL MATSAV HA-TORAH VEHA-EMUNAH
VE-HISHTALSHELUT HA-REFORMATSYAH HA-DATIT BE-TOKH HA-YAHADUT HA-HUNGARIT MI-YOM
SHE-BAU HA-YEHUDIM LE-ERETS HAGAR AD SHENAT HA-PERUD (HA-KONGRES BI-SHENAT
Bi-Defus S. Ve-M. Katsburg, 1921.
Hardcover, 8vo, 78 pages, 24 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Judaism -- Hungary. Jews
-- Hungary -- History. Cover title: Das Schicksal der Tora und des Glaubens in
Ungarn. Die Entstehung der Gemeinden, konfessionelle Streitigkeiten zwischen
Gemeinden und Rabbiner; die Reformbewegung im Kreise der ungarischen Juden bis
1869 (Kongressjahr) Die Ursache der Trennung in der ungarischen Judenheit;
Orthodoxie, Neologie, “Status-quo. ” Greenwald (1889-1955) was a
Rabbi and scholar. Greenwald, born in Hungary,
studied in yeshivot in that country and in Frankfurt on the Main
under Nehemiah Nobel. In 1924 he settled in the United
States, where he was the rabbi of Orthodox congregations
in New York and of Congregation Beth Jacob in Columbus, Ohio,
where he served for the last three decades of his life. Neither a great orator
nor skilled pastor, Greenwald was a prolific writer and regarded as an
authority on Jewish law and history. He wrote numerous monographs and articles
in Hungarian, Yiddish, and Hebrew, was especially interested in rabbinic
authorities and Jewish communities of Hungary, on which he wrote
Ha-Yehudim be-Ungarya and Toyznt Yor Idish Lebn in Ungarn. His work Le-Toledot
ha-Reformazyon ha-Datit be-Germanyah uve-Ungarya is a history of the Reform
movement in Germany and Hungary. He
also wrote works on the history of the Sanhedrin and biographies of leading
rabbis, such as Joseph Caro and Moses Sofer. In the latter category are Beit
Yehonatan about Jonathan Eybeschuetz , and Toledot Mishpahat Rosenthal about
the Rosenthal family, which included several rabbis. Greenwald
compiled an important manual of traditional laws and rites of mourning, Kol-Bo
Avelut” (Silberschlag and Berenbaum in EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 8
copies worldwide. Browning of pages. Chipping to edges of cover, corners and
binding. Fragile ends of pages. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-20-5) (ID
• Isaiah Ben Mali, Abraham Ishbili Ben Yom-Tob, Joseph Ben Meir Ibn
Migash, Nissim Ben Reuven Gerondi, Eleazar Ben Aryeh Loeb Loew. עיני
העדה. ENE HA-‘EDAH. Prag: F. Gommer, 1809. Hardcover, 12mo, 130 pages, 33cm. In
Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Title Subject: Talmud -- Commentaries. Talmud. Kiddushin --
Commentaries. Talmud. Baba Bathra -- Commentaries. Talmud,
niddah -- Commentaries. Other Titles: Zer zahav. OCLC lists 10 copies
worldwide. Bumped corners and edges. Wear to binding. Yellowing of pages.
Staining of pages. Notes on title page. Good condition. (Heb-21-2) (ID #26778)
• Iserlis, Moshe. SEFER YOCHSIN. No Date (ca 1840). Hardcover, 12mo, 168
leaves. Moses Isserles, also spelled Moshe Isserlis, (Kraków, Poland,
1520 - May 11, 1572) , was an eminent Ashkenazic rabbi, talmudist, and
posek, renowned for his fundamental work of Halakha (Jewish law) , entitled
ha-Mapah (lit. , "the tablecloth") , an inline commentary on the
Shulkhan Aruch (lit. "the set table"). He is
also well known for his Darkhei Moshe commentary on the Tur. Isserles is also
referred to as the Rema, (or Remo, Rama) the Hebrew acronym for Rabbi Moses
Isserles. (Wikipedia, 2010) Spine and hinge repair. Stained pages. Wear and
chipping to edges of cover and cover corners. Otherwise, good condition.
(Heb-22-5) (ID #26811) $125.00.
• Karo, Joseph Ben Ephraim.
ערוך חשן משפט
SEFER TORAT KOHANIM SHULHAN ‘ARUKH HOSHEN MISHPAT ‘IM
HA-BE’URIM ME’IRAT ‘ENAYIM VE-SIFTE KOHEN... TURE ZAHAV....
Zitomir: Hanina Lipa Ve-Yehoshu’a Heshel Shapira, 1856. Hardcover, folio, one of two volumes,
556, 25 pages, 38 cm. In Hebrew. “All Hebrew printing presses in the
Russian Pale of Settlement were closed down in 1836, except for two that the
Russian authorities granted a license to print books: one in Vilna and the
other in Zhitomir (the press in Warsaw was also permitted). The “presses
decree” was abolished only in 1862. In 1845, ? Anina Lipa, Aryeh Leib,
and Yehoshu‘a Heshel Shapira (sons of the brothers from Slavuta) leased
press, and in 1847 they began to issue books. Observing the family tradition,
they refused to print texts of secular knowledge and specialized in religious
books, including volumes of Kabbalah and Hasidism” (Yivo Encyclopedia,
2010). SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Jewish law. Named Person: Karo, Joseph ben
Ephraim, 1488-1575. H? Oshen mishpat? -- Commentaries. OCLC lists 2 copies
JTS). Ex-library with usual markings. Repair to spine. Wear to spine. Bumped
cover corners and edges. Wear to binding. Light staining on pages. (Heb-23-5)
(ID #26796) $250.00.
• Landau, Ezekiel Ben Judah. TSELAH U-REKHAV ‘AL DAVAR EMET. Yozepof:
Bi-Defus D. S. Y. Vaks, 1856. Hardcover, 12mo, 54 pages, 44 pages. In Hebrew.
SUBJECT (S): Title Subject: Talmud. Berakhot -- Commentaries. Talmud. Bezah --
Commentaries. Includes commentary on masekhet Betsah (second
group). OCLC lists 1 copies worldwide (University of Toronto). Bumped corners and edges. Wear to
binding. Staining to text. Tear to first page. Good condition. (Heb-23-2) (ID
• Maimonides, Moses. MISHNEH TORAH: HU YAD HA-HAZAKAH. CHELEK RIVII.
[ONLY]. Fiorda, No Date (ca 1780? ). Hardcover, 4to,
303 leaves. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S) ; Jewish law -- Early works to 1800. Helek
Rivii. Other Titles: Mishneh Torah hu ha-yad ha-h? Azakah leha-Rambam. Bumped
corners and chipped cover and edges. Stained pages. Some tears to corners and
edges of pages. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-22-3) (ID #26809) $250.00.
• Maimonides, Moses. MISHNEH TORAH: HU YAD HA-HAZAKAH. HELEK RISHON [VOL.
I]. Fiorda, No Date (ca 1780? ) Hardcover, 4to, 276 leaves. In Hebrew.
SUBJECT(S) ; Jewish law -- Early works to 1800. Helek Rishon. Other Titles:
Mishneh Torah hu ha-yad ha-h? Azakah leha-Rambam. Front hinge repair. Bumped
corners and chipped cover and edges. Stained pages. Writing on title page.
Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-22-1) (ID #26807) $250.00.
• Mehlsack, Eliakim Ben Judah Ha-Milzahgi.
השגות על ספרו
שלמה ליב הכהן
מלבוב. SEFER RABIYAH: HASAGOT AL SIFRO SHEL HA-RAV...
LIPMAN TSUNTS MI-BERLIN VE-‘AL DIVRE HA-RAV...SHELOMOH
YEHUDAH LEB HA-KOHEN RAPOPORT MI-LEVOV. Ofen: Gedruckt In Der
Koniglichen Ungrischen Univeritaets-Buchdruckerei,, 1837. Hardcover, 33 pages, 8vo, 24 cm. In
Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Judaism -- History of doctrines. Named Person:
Zunz, Leopold, 1794-1886. Gottesdienstlichen Vortrage der Juden. Rapoport,
Solomon Judah Leib, 1790-1867. Attacking Zunz & work on synagogal liturgy
and several publications of Rapoport. Mehlsack (c. 1780–1854) was a
“Polish talmudist. “Milzahgi” is a derivation of Mehlsack,
the German name for Samila in Poland
where Eliakim was born. He settled in Galicia
and lived his last years in Lvov
and Brody under the patronage of Isaac Berish Blumenfeld of Brody, devoting his
life to Jewish scholarship. In 1837 he published Sefer Ravyah (= Rabbi Eliakim
ha-Milzahgi) , a criticism of the Gottesdienstliche
Vortraege of Zunz and the Toledot of Solomon Judah Rapoport. Unlike Zunz, who
conceded the correctness of some of Mehlsack’s remarks, Rapoport took
umbrage at them and replied scathingly in Kerem Hemed. Although he wrote almost
70 books, only Sefer Ravyah was published” (Avneri and Kressel in EJ
2010). OCLC lists 8 copies worldwide. Missing front cover. Bumped corners and
edges. Back cover not attached. Light staining and yellowing of pages. Good
condition. (Heb-21-1) (ID #26777) $225.00.
• Mordechai Binat, Shlomo Ager. MEHILCHOT RAV ALPHAS. HELEK SHLISHI.
Vilna, 1865. Hardcover, 4to, 308, 242 pages. Ex-library. Stained pages. Wear to
binding. Writing on title page. Otherwise, good condition. (Heb-22-2) (ID #26808) $125.00.
• Pinhas Ben ‘azri’el, Ha-Levi. נחלת
יורה דעה... עם
פרפראות לחכמה... NAHALAT ‘AZRI’EL: ’AL
MASEKHTOT HA-SHAYAKHIM LE-TUR YOREH DE’AH... ‘IM HAKDAMAH... NIKRA...
PARPERA’OT LE-HOKHMAH.... Horodno: Bi-Defus Simh?ah Zimel [Ben] Menahem
Nahum, 1817. Hardcover, foilo, 120
leaves, 240 pages, 35 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Named Person: Karo, Joseph ben
Ephraim, 1488-1575. Shulhan ‘arukh -- Commentaries. Title Subject: Bible.
Pentateuch -- Commentaries, Homiletical. Printed partly on blue paper. Many
folios wrongly marked. Includes index. Printed in double columns. Title page
has ornamental border. OCLC lists 8 copies worldwide. Repair to cover and
spine. Page edges worn. Text in good condition. (Heb-23-17) (ID #26768)
• Plessner, Elias. DERUSH VE-HIDUSH: BE-‘INYAN I MAHANI BITUL
HAMETS ‘AL YEDE SHALIAH. Berlin:
Bi-Defus Tsevi Hirch Ittskovski, 1879. Hardcover, 8vo, 20 pages, 22 cm. In
Hebrew. SUBJECT (S): Descriptor: Passover -- Customs and practices. Title
Subject: Talmud Bavli -- Commentaries. OCLC lists 5 copies worldwide (New York
Public Library, Yivo Institute for Jewish Res, Harvard, Vanderbilt University,
National Library of Israel). Imprint stamp on font and
back cover pages. Light yellowing of pages. Good condition. (Heb-23-20) (ID
• Salem, Solomon. ספר
שונה הלכות. SEFER SHONEH
1761. Hardcover, 8vo, 2 volume in
1, 32 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor: Jewish law. Named Person: Kayara,
Shim’on, 9th cent. Halakhot gedolot. Title Subject: Halakhot gedolot.
Title on volume 2: Sefer Shoneh halakhot: ve-hu perush ‘al sefer Halakhot
gedolot me-rabenu ha-ga’on... Shim’on Kayara... Volume 2 printed by
G. Y. Yanson. OCLC lists 10 copies worldwide. Repair to spine. Chipped corners
and edges. Wear to binding. Yellowing of pages. Good condition. (Heb-23-3) (ID
Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim שלחן
ערוך מטור אבן
העזר SHULHAN ‘ARUKH MI-TUR EVEN HA-‘EZER
Amsterdam? Hirts Leṿi Rofe ṿe-ḥatano Ḳashman? 1753?
Lacks title page, but pagination and appearance match this edition and no
others. Hardcover, 8vo, 2, 372 pages, 20 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S): Descriptor:
Jewish law -- Early works to 1800. Named Person: Karo, Joseph ben Ephraim,
1488-1575. Even ha-‘ezer. “Nidpas shenit be-tosefet hagahah meduyeket.”
Missing title page. Wear to binding. Repair to spine. Bumped page corners and edges.