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Lot #    10620
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 1:03:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Derasha Mefo’arah
Title (Hebrew)    דרשה מפוארה
Author    [Only Ed. - Polemic] R. Joseph Zevi Duschinsky
City    Galanta
Publisher    Solomon Zalman Neifeld
Publication Date    1915
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 48 pp., 213:132 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Discourses by the renowned R. Joseph Zevi ben Israel Duschinsky. These discourses are not well known, the Encyclopedia Judaica writing that “None of his own works was published in his lifetime.” The title page states that they were delivered on 7 Adar in Galanta by the author and published by Asher Fischoff, bookseller in Galanta. The verso of the title page has the disclaimer concerning the use of terms such as akum and goi. There are prefatory remarks from Fischoff and an introduction from R. Ephraim Hillel ben Judah Kaizer of Galanta. The discourses follow, set in a single column in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words. Seven Adar is the date of the petira of Moses.

R. Joseph Zevi ben Israel Duschinsky, (1868–1948), Hungarian rabbi, and later rabbi of the separatist Orthodox community of Jerusalem. Duschinsky was born in Paks, Hungary, where his father was the sofer ("scribe"). He studied first under R. Moses Pollak, rabbi of Paks, and later under R. Simhah Bunim Sofer (Schreiber, the Shevet Sofer) in Pressburg. In 1892 he married the only daughter of R. Mordecai Leib Winkler of Brezovanad Bradlom (Slovakia) and spent the next three years in his house. The years spent at Pressburg and his father-in-law's fine personality were the main formative influences in his life. In 1895 he was elected rabbi to a congregation in Galanta established in opposition to the existing one; and in 1921 went to Khust (Carpatho-Ruthenia). In 1932 he visited Palestine and on the death of R. Joseph Hayyim Sonnenfeld was elected in 1933 to succeed him as rabbi of the Edah Haredit ("Orthodox Community") of Jerusalem. He founded a yeshivah, Bet Yosef, which had hundreds of pupils. R. Duschinsky, an active supporter of Agudat Israel, appeared before various commissions of inquiry of the British mandatory government, and although he did not normally cooperate with the official rabbinate, during the siege of Jerusalem in 1948 he endorsed their permission to undertake defense and fortification work on the Sabbath.

R. Duschinsky was a discerning bibliophile of refined taste and amassed a fine library of rare books. From his literary legacy two volumes of responsa: She'elot u-Teshuvot Mahariz (pt. 1, 1956; pt. 2, 1966), and three volumes of his homiletic commentary to the Bible (pt. 1, 1956; pt. 2, 1961; and pt. 3, 1965) have been published. His responsa in particular reflect his immense learning and wide range of reading (e.g., vol. 2, no. 51 adduces proof for a halakhic point of view from Emden's anti-Shabbatean tract Mitpahat Soferim, Altona, 1768). He died during the siege of Jerusalem. His yeshivah continued to function under the direction of his only son, R. Moses Israel.

Paragraph 2    שנדרשה ... בז' אדר העת"ר לפק"ק גאלאנטא ... מפי ... מורינו ורבינו ... יוסף צב'י דושינסקיא ני"ו אב"ד ור"מ פה. יצא לאור ע"י ... אשר פישהאף נ"י, מוכר ספרים ...

עמ' ג-ו: אקדמות מלין; פתיחה מאת ר' אפרים הלל ב"ר יהודה קייזער. בעמוד האחרון: גרגיר אחד ... מכבוד אחי המנוח ... מהו' פנחס דוד בן לאה ... אשר ... נקטף באבו ... כג תשרי שנת עטר"ת לפ"ק [תרע"ט!]. עמ' כז-מח: דרשה ביום ז אדר תרע"ו. שער-מעטפת: מדרשות המפוארות אשר דרש ... מדי שנה בשנה ז אדר ...

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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