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Lot #    10537
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 11:40:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    From Horeb über Israels pflichten
Author    Herman Bing
City    Vienna
Publisher    Adalbert della Torre
Publication Date    1854
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 32 pp. 200:125 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy loose in the original paper wrappers.
   Pamphlet addressing issues in R. Samson (Ben) Raphael Hirschs Horeb. The first line of the title is in Hebrew , the subtitle and remaining text is in German, beginning Concerning Israels Obligations. It informs that the text of the pamphlet is in question and answer format on part III [of Horeb] on Hukim. The verso of the title page has the contents of the sixteen questions raised and responded to by Bing. They are listed in German with brief Hebrew explanations. Examples of the questions, all on mizvot that are Hukim (commandments without rational explanations), are 1. der Dinge als Gottes Eigenthum (Bernichte Richts) ( ), 6) des Meuchen=Leichnames (), 10) der Sittenreinheit (Verbot der Unzucht) ( ), 13) der Spiesegesetze ( ), and 16) der Regel der Wehrzahl (, , ). The text is in a single column in German (fraktur) with occasional Hebrew.

R. Samson (Ben) Raphael Hirschs (18081888) is recognized as the father of neo-Orthodoxy, a response to reform in nineteenth century Germany. Horeb, a monumental work, is a rationalist explanation of the 613 commandments. Together with his earlier and briefer Nineteen Letters, it was designed for young men and women with a consciousness of Judaism. R. Hirsch laid down his basic views on Judaism which were elaborated and explained in his subsequent writings. These works made a profound impression in German Jewish circles for their brilliant intellectual presentation, in classic German, of Orthodox Judaism.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica