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Lot #    10625
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 1:08:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mishpete Emet
Title (Hebrew)    משפטי אמת
Author    [Parody - Only Ed.] Aaron Margolis
City    Warsaw
Publisher    Isaac Goldman
Publication Date    1870
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [8], 92 pp., 189:125 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed and taped.
   Discourses on faith and reason by Aaron Margolis. There is a half-title page, A German title page, and a Hebrew title page. The German title page states that is Myschpete Emes oder kosmotheologie dogmatisch ergruendet und rationell erklaert followed by a quote in French from Victor Hugo. In contrast, the Hebrew title page describes the contents, stating that it is four discourses on different approaches to the subject of faith. To remove the murmurings תלונות of this generation from the earlier sages through righteous and true proofs. Two quotes, “For, behold, he who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought” (Amos 4:13) and, “And I will meditate on all your work, and muse on your deeds” (Psalms 78:13) follow. The title page is dated, “Acquire knowledge קנו דעת (630 = 1870).

There is a table of contents describing the four discourses comprising Mishpete Emet and a letter from the author’s son in praise of the work. The discourses are on the value and importance of Torah, and the obligation of every Jew to learn Torah; proofs against nature as a first cause; explaining halakhot that seem strange; and on the separation of the Karaites from rabbinic Judaism. The text, set in a single column in square letters, is given in the form of a dialogue.

Paragraph 2    כולל ארבע שיחות ע"ד חלוקי הדיעות בעניני האמונה... להסר תלונת בני הדרור <ליבעראללע> מעל ראשי האנשים העתיקים <קאנסערוואתארים> בראיות ... מתולדות הטבע ומסתריה <קאסמאטהעאלאגיע> ... חקרו גם יסדו... אמ"ת... שנת ק'נ'ו' ד'ע'ת'

עמ' [6-5]: מענה [בשבח הספר], מאת שט"ם [שמחה טוביה מרגליות, בן המחבר]. עמ' [7]: אין עוד אמת נעדרת, כי אותה מצאתי; [שיר] לכבוד איש אמ"ת, [מאת] דוד ... לבית לוי [לוונטאל].

   CD-EPI 0149348; BE mem 4293
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica