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Lot #    10682
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 2:05:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Levaker Mishpat
Title (Hebrew)    לבקר משפט
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] Michael Levi Rodkinson
City    Berlin (Pressburg)
Publisher    Loewy & Alhalay
Publication Date    1884
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 52 pp., 197:122 mm., usual age staining. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
   Added t.p.: Kritischer Ueberblick... von M. L. Rodkinsohn.

Michael Levi Rodkinson (1845-1904) was the scion of a distinguished Hasidic family who became a radical proponent of haskalah at an early age. He was a prolific writer. He is best remembered for his New Talmud, an early and poor translation of the Babvylonian Talmud into English. He collected, wrote, published, and perhaps fabricated, Hasidic tales, as noted above, and was, as the editor of Hebrew journals, among the pioneers of the Hebrew press, and the author of numerous monographs. Born in Dubrovno, Belorussia, his first books were tales of the Hasidim. After a short stay in St. Petersburg he moved to Koenigsberg, Germany, where he began publishing various Hebrew periodicals between 1876 and 1880, including Ha-Kol (1877–78), Kol ha-Am (in Yiddish), Asefat Hakhamim (1877–78), and Ha-Me'assef. He was a careless editor, but his collaborators, who included E. W. Rabinowitz and M. Vinchevsky, obtained contributions from such Haskalah Hebrew writers as Lilienblum, Kaminer, J. L. Gordon, and others. In 1879 Ha-Kol was banned in Russia and soon ceased publication. In the early 1880s Rodkinson published several books advocating religious reforms as a means of solving the "Jewish question." In 1889 he emigrated to the United States, where he attempted to revive his periodicals (Ha–Kol (1889) and Ha–Sanegor (1890)). He was the brother of Israel Dov Frumkin.

Paragraph 2    . א) היודענשפיעגעלפראצעס,במינסטער; ב) אחוזת הקבר לבעל-היהודיה, בברלין. שהובאו לפני כס המשפט והבקרת בירח דעצעמבער (1883) העבר. ועליהם ידון: מיכאל לוי ראדקינסזאהן...

(דפוס דוד לאווי ואברהם [בן] דוד אלקאלאי, פרעסבורג),

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica