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Lot #    10588
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 12:31:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Damesek Eliezer
Title (Hebrew)    דמשק אליעזר
Author    [Hasidim - Kabb.-First Ed.] R. Eliezer Zevi Safrin
City    Przemysl
Publisher    Zupnik, Knoller
Publication Date    1902
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1], 126; [2], 88 ff., 309:230 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, split.
   First edition of this all encompassing commentary on the Zohar by R. Eliezer Zevi ben Isaac Eizig Judah Jehiel Safrin. The entire work was published in several volumes from 1902 through 1928. This is the first volume, comprised of two parts, issued in 1902. There is a decorative title page, which is dated מר"ב רליעז"ר צב"י (662=1902) and informs that it was brought to press by the author’s son, R. Jacob Moses Safrin of Kamarna. There is an introduction from R. Jacob Moses Safrin on the verso of the title page and a much longer introduction from the author (1a-6a), and then the text, which is comprised of the text in square letters and the commentary in rabbinic type. Part one is on parshat Bereishit, part two, with its own title page, on Noah and Lech Lecha.

The kabbalsit, R. Eliezer Zevi ben Isaac Eizig Judah Jehiel Safrin (c. 1830-1898) was born in Zydaczov. He was the only son of the renowned R. Isaac Eizig Judah Jehiel, who was the son of R. Alexander Sender. R. Eliezer Zevi was stricken with paralysis as a child. He studied under R. Judah Zevi of Razdol, and, in 1874, succeeded his father as rebbe. He placed emphasis on proper appearance, stating that it was improper to pray before the King of Kings disheveled. He insisted that the Zohar be studied before all prayers and that the Talmud and Midrash be studied after prayers. Among his other works are Or Einayin (Przemysl, 1882); Ben Beiti (Przemysl, 1900); and a work on Psalms (Ungvar, 1927). Other works were published more recently by his descendants.

Paragraph 2    ... פירוש על הזוה"ק כמעט על כל תיבה ותיבה... חברו... אבי מורי ורבי אליעזר צבי זכר צדיק לברכה, בן... מ' יצחק יהודה יחיאל זצלה"ה: הוצאתי לאור אני בנו ותלמידו יעקב משה ספרין החונה על מקום אבי זצ"ל בקאמרנא... כרך א
   BE daled 884; Rabinowicz, Encyclopedia of Hasidism p. 424; CD-EPI 0155173
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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