[Book List]  

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

Bidding Information
Lot #    10621
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 1:04:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kinat Sifre Kodesh
Title (Hebrew)    קנאת ספרי קדש
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] Isaac ben Moses Rumsh
City    Vilna
Publisher    The Widow and Brothers Rom
Publication Date    1872
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 72, [1], pp., 186:117 mm., nice margins, usual age staining. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   A review of the Judah (Aryeh) Loeb Mandelstamm’s translation of Psalms into Russian by Isaac ben Moses Rumsh. The title page states that it is a review of that translation by the scholar Judah Loeb Mandelstamm with annotations and explanations to selected mizmorim and verses in Psalms and other biblical books pertinent to this review. The title page describes the reviewer, Isaac ben Moses Rumsh (1822-1894), as a school teacher of Hebrew and German in the city of Ponevich. There is Cyrillic text at the bottom of the page and on the verso of the title page. Introductory remarks to the reader. From this introduction it is clear that the reviewer, a person of religious sensibilities, was not favorable to the Russian translation. Kinat Sifre Kodesh is set in a single column in square Hebrew letters with occasional Cyrillic. Mandelstamm’s translation of Psalms is part of a much more comprehensive translation of the Bible into Russian.

Aryeh Loeb Mandelstamm (Leon, 1819–1889), writer and adherent of the Haskalah in Russia. Born in Zagare (Lithuania), Mandelstamm had a thorough religious and general education. In 1840 he became the first Jew to enroll at a Russian university (Moscow) and in 1844 graduated in oriental languages from the University of St. Petersburg. His research concerned the history of political regimes in ancient Israel. During his student years, he produced a book of poetry in Russian (1840). In 1846, after further studies at German universities, Mandelstamm was appointed in charge of Jewish affairs in the Ministry of Education in succession to M. Lilienthal. He was mainly concerned with establishing a network of government schools for Jews, and supervising the Jewish heder and talmud torah schools. For this purpose he traveled extensively throughout the Pale of Settlement and prepared textbooks; these were published by means of funds raised through the candle tax, and even private Jewish teachers were required to buy them. The books, which contained texts accompanied by German translations, included selections from the Mishnah, an anthology of Maimonides' writings, the Bible along with the Biur of Moses Mendelssohn and his pupils, and the Kevod Melekh of R. Jehiel Heller, which stressed the Jew's religious duty to respect secular kings and rulers. Mandelstamm was dismissed in 1857 as a result of attacks by his opponents among the maskilim and wealthier Jews of St. Petersburg who accused him of wasting funds and engaging in activities for his own profit. During his period in office, Mandelstamm corresponded with and met Haskalah leaders and prominent Hebrew writers, often arranging for them to be given posts. After losing his job, he lived for many years in Germany where he engaged in trade and in contracting. He wrote for both the Jewish and general press, and published, in German, several collections of studies in Bible and Talmud. The translation of the Pentateuch into Russian which Mandelstamm had produced in Germany was forbidden in Russia because of the general prohibition on scriptural works which were not approved by the Church. In 1872, however, permission was given to import and reprint his work there, provided that the translation was accompanied by the original Hebrew version. Toward the end of his life Mandelstamm returned to St. Petersburg where he died forgotten and in poverty.

Paragraph 2    והוא בקרת נאמנה על תרגום הרוסי לספר תהלים אשר תרגם ... יהודה ליב מאנדעלשטאם [ עי' שם ]. גם איזה הערות ובאורים על ... מזמורים ופסוקים בתהלים ובשאר ספרי קדש השייכים אל הבקרת הזאת, מאת יצחק בן משה רומש, מורה ... בעיר פאנעוויעז.
   EJ; JE; BE Kof 899; CD-EPI 0167413
Associated Images
2 Images (Click thumbnail to view full size image):
  Order   Image   Caption
  1   Click to view full size  
  2   Click to view full size  
Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica