[Book List]  

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

Bidding Information
Lot #    10641
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 1:24:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Gutachten uber Exhumierung und Aschenurnenbeisetzu
Title (Hebrew)    חיי עולם
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] R. Mayer Lerner
City    Berlin
Publisher    Zevi Hirsch Itzkoveski
Publication Date    1905
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. XXIV, 133, [1], 34 pp., 235:153 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth boards.
   On the prohibition of cremation.

R. Mayer b. Mordecai Lerner (1857–1930), rabbi. Lerner was born in Czestochowa (Poland). He studied first in Cracow but completed his studies in the Rabbiner-Seminar in Berlin. While still a student at the seminary he wrote his important work Anlage und Quellen des Bereschit Rabba (1882). He was appointed rabbi of Wintzenheim, Alsace, in 1884 and remained there until 1890, when he became rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues in London, which then consisted of 23 synagogues. In 1894 he was appointed rabbi of Altona and of Schleswig-Holstein. Lerner vigorously opposed the historical approach of Graetz and the Reform movement in Germany.

Lerner's main talmudic works are his Hadar ha-Karmel (1891), responsa, including some talmudic novellae. His research works, in addition to the above-mentioned Quellen include "Die aeltesten Mischna - Kompositionen" (MWJ, 13 (1886), 1–20) and his magnum opus, Torat ha-Mishnah, dealing with the origin of the oral tradition, of which, however, only the first part appeared (1915). He also showed an active interest in the Jewish settlement of Palestine and in 1905 founded the association Moriah whose aims were "to restore the ancient ruins, and the national and religious culture of the Jews." The association was opposed both to the Mizrachi and the Zionist movements, and in 1930 merged with the Agudat Israel movement.

Added t.p.: Gutachten Rabbinen aller Laender ueber Exhumierung und Aschenurnen-beisetzung auf juedischen Friedhofen. Herausgegeben von Oberrabbiner D. M. Lerner...

Paragraph 2    חלק ראשון; קובץ מכתבי גאוני דורנו ע"ד פנוי המתים וקבורת אפר הנשרפים (המצווים לשרוף גויתם). חוות דעות גדולי רוססיא, אוסטריא-אונגארן, רומניא, אשכנז, האללאנד, צרפת ואנגליא, ארצות הברית וארצות המערב וארץ הקדושה. ונוסף עליהן קונטרס הר הכרמל, מהה"ג מהרא"ה (אלי' בהרב... ר' יוסף זצל"ה הערצענבערג) נ"י וקונטרס אור הנר מהמו"ל. כל אלה חברו לו יחדיו מהצעיר מאיר בלא"א מהר"ם ז"ל לערנער שומר משמרת הקודש פק"ק אלטאנא...

מהקדמת המחבר: "אחרי רואי שיצא חבור אחד לאור [חקר הלכה, מינכען תרס"ד], בו הרע המחבר [ר' חנוך עהרענטרייא] לדבר בשמי דברים שלא עלו על לבי... אמרתי... עת לדבר ולפרסם חוות דעת הגאונים". עיין גם ספרו: [שתי תשובות], Krakau [1903].

   CD-EPI 0201049 (incomplete); EJ
Associated Images
3 Images (Click thumbnail to view full size image):
  Order   Image   Caption
  1   Click to view full size  
  2   Click to view full size  
  3   Click to view full size  
Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica