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Lot #    10508
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 11:11:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefat Emet
Title (Hebrew)    שפת אמת
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Joseph Kohn-Zedek
City    London
Publisher    Ann Abrahams & Son
Publication Date    1879
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 64 pp., 198:125 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Polemic against Michael Rodkinson.

R. Joseph Kohn-Zedek (1827–1903), Hebrew poet, writer, and publicist. Kohen-Zedek, who was born in Lvov, studied rabbinics with Solomon Kluger in Brody and S. J. Nathanson in Lvov. He first engaged - unsuccessfully - in business and then turned to literature and journalism. He published a number of collections of his patriotic poetry in honor of the Austro-Hungarian emperor - from whom he received a gold medal for art and science in 1851 - and an anthology of contemporary poetry dedicated to Moses Montefiore, Neveh Tehillah (1864). Kohen-Zedek edited a number of more or less short-lived Hebrew periodicals: Meged Yerahim (4 issues, 1855–59), Ozar Hokhmah (3 issues, 1859–65), Ha-Yehudi ha-Nizhi (4 issues, 1866), and Or Torah (4 issues, 1874). His weekly Ha-Mevasser, which included a literary supplement, Ha-Nesher, was the first Hebrew paper in Galicia (1861–66); some of the best Hebrew writers and scholars contributed to it. He himself wrote in a lively and original melizah style. Following a dispute with one of his associates which led to a denunciation, Kohen-Zedek had to leave Austria in 1868. He went first to Frankfort on the Main, and in 1875 to London, where he served as preacher to immigrant congregations. In London he wrote a number of mainly homiletic works, including Elef Alfin, a thousand-word eulogy on Chief Rabbi Nathan Adler, each word beginning with alef. Of some scholarly importance are his Sefat Emet (1879), a polemic against Michael Rodkinson; Divrei ha-Yamim le-Malkhei Zarefat (1859), an edition of Joseph ha-Kohen's chronicle with Kohen-Zedek's introduction; and Even Bohan (1865), an annotated edition of Kalonymus b. Kalonymus' satirical work. His Biographical Sketches of Eminent Jewish Families (1897) is in English. Kohen-Zedek maintained a lively correspondence with the leading rabbis and scholars of his time. He has been called "the last publicist of the Galician Haskalah.

Paragraph 2    תשובה נצחת על... "בקרת" (מיכאל לוי פרומקין הקורא שמו ראדקינסזאהן )... במכתב-עתי "הקול" על ספרי מוסר השכל [עיין למעלה]... ובקרת נאמנה על ספרי ומאמרי... בעל הקול... אשר כתב... לרמות את החסידים ולהונות את המשכילים... מחברת ראשונה... מאת יוסף כהן צדק... בשנת הרני מוכן ומזומן לקיים מצות עשה של בעור ש'א'ר' וגם ח'מ'ץ' "קראתי שם ספרי זה 'שפת אמת' ואולם 'מיכאל הנהפך לסמאל' שמו לראשונה. ושיניתיו על פי עצת מאהבי, אחרי אשר שלחתי 42 עקסעמפלארע לקצת מאהבי" (עמ' ד). הספר כולל גם המאמר "בגבורה ולא בשתי", מאת ארז [אלכסנדר צעדרבוים] .
   CD-EPI 0140929; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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