[Book List]  

PLEASE NOTE: All bidding for the auction currently underway
at our new website at www.virtualjudaica.com/

Bidding Information
Lot #    10238
Auction End Date    4/19/2005 1:32:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mahberet Kiddushin al Tannai
Title (Hebrew)    מחברת קדושין על תנאי
Author    [Women] Rabbinate of Constantinople
City    Constantinople
Publisher    Alakhir (Benjamin Raphael ben Joseph)
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1], 58 pp., plus [1] p., introductory letter, 190:128 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Proposal by the Rabbinate of Constantinople to alleviate the problem of agunot. The title page states that Mahberet Kiddushin al Tannai contains the proposal place before all the rabbis in positions of responsibility concerning enactments affecting daughters of Israel to deliver them from the snare of agunot by making a conditional kiddusion, as is explained in detail in this work. The title page is dated, “Justice, only justice shall you pursue תרדוף (684 = 1924)” (Deuteronomy 16:20). The text is in seven chapters, set in a single column in rabbinic type. At the end of the book are the names of several leading rabbis from Constantinople. Enclosed with the volume is a supportive letter on the stationary of the bes din Zedek of Constantinople, dated 24 Tishri 684 (Tuesday, October 4, 1923) with the names of these rabbis.

The condition of the agunah is a particularly sensitive issue in halakhah. An agunah is defined as a married woman who, for whatsoever reason, is separated from her husband and cannot remarry, either because she cannot obtain a divorce from him or because it is unknown whether he is still alive. The term is also applied to a yevamah (a levirate widow; if she cannot obtain halizah from the levir or if it is unknown whether he is still alive (Git. 26b, 33a; Yev. 94a; and Posekim). The problem of the agunah is one of the most complex in halakhic discussions and is treated in great detail in halakhic literature.

Benjamin Raphael ben Joseph, who brought this work to press, was the most important publisher in Constantinople between 1889 and 1928. He produced at least 30 books.

Paragraph 2    מכילה הצעתנו לפני כל הרבנים... אודות תקנת בנות ישראל להצילן מפח יקוש וכבלי העגון על ידי תנאי בקדושין (נחנו חברי ועד הרוחני היושבים על מדין פה... קושטא... החלטנו בהסכמת... ר' חיים ביג'אראנו נ"י ראש הרבנים במדינתנו ... שכל הנשואין שיעשו בעירנו זאת קושטא ואגפיה, מהיום הזה ומעלה... עפ"י אלה התנאים ולא יתקימו כלם... אנחנו מפקיעים הקדושין הללו... והיו כלא היו... [שש חתימות])... הובא לבית הדפוס ע"י... בנימין רפאל ב' יוסף.
   EJ; Yaari, Constantinople 723; CD-EPI 0163506
Associated Images
3 Images (Click thumbnail to view full size image):
  Order   Image   Caption
  1   Click to view full size  
  2   Click to view full size  
  3   Click to view full size  
Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica