SEFER ‘OLAT HODESH (ONLY VOLUME 1)
Mukachevo: Kahn & Fried, 1902. Item #25499
Hardcover, 12mo, 103 leaves, 20 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT (S) : Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Jewish funeral sermons. Running title: “Mile di-shemaya. ” Vol. 3 (not present here) has running title: “Mile de-hespeda. ” Other Titles: Mile di-shemaya. ; Mile de-hespeda. Flekeles (1754-1826) was a “rabbi and author. Born in Prague, Fleckeles studied under Meir Fischeles (Bumsla) , Moses Cohen-Rofe, and Ezekiel Landau. In 1779 he was appointed rabbi of Kojetin in Moravia, but in 1783 returned to Prague, where he served as a member of the bet din of Ezekiel Landau and also headed a large yeshivah. After Landau’s death, Fleckeles was appointed Oberjurist ("president") of the three-man rabbinate council which also included Samuel Landau, the son of Ezekiel. Fleckeles’ fame rests on his volume of collected sermons, Olat Hodesh. It contains both halakhic and aggadic themes. Part II, Olat Zibbur includes a sermon attacking Moses Mendelssohn’s German translation of the Bible. In Part IV, Ahavat David, there are also included sermons against the Shabbateans and the Frankists. In these sermons, that reflect his outstanding ability as a preacher, Fleckeles expressed his vigorous opposition to various reforms resulting from the spread of the Haskalah movement, warning on the one hand against excessive pursuit of secular studies and on the other concurring in the study of Kabbalah, but only on the basis of a sound knowledge of Talmud. Of his other books the following are noteworthy: Teshuvah me-Ahavah, a collection of 450 responsa, in which he employed a new method of arranging the responsa according to the order of the Shulhan Arukh, and at the same time adding his own comments on, and supplements to, other responsa; Melekhet ha-Kodesh, a guide for scribes of Sifrei Torah, tefillin, and mezuzot; and Hazon la-Mo’ed, 14 sermons for the month of Tishri” (Horowitz in EJ, 2007) . OCLC lists 7 copies worldwide. Hinge repair. Browning to edges of pages. Wear to cover spine. Otherwise, good condition. (Spec-9-16).