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Lot #    10683
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 2:06:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Barkai
Title (Hebrew)    ברקאי
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] Michael Levi Rodkinson
City    Vienna
Publication Date    1886
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 56 pp. plus title-wrappers (bound in), 198:124 mm., usual age staining. A very good copy bound in later boards.
   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    ירחון. תוכנו, לפי שער "ספר שני": "יפץ אור על תכונת בני ישראל מעת היותו לגוי ... ובו יבאו: א. מאמרים מדעים, דברי הימים ... ב. ספורים שירים ומסעות, בקורת הספרים ... ג. תולדות אנשי שם ... ד. באורים בתלמוד, מדרשים ואגדות, ה. חדשות הנעשות בקרב בית ישראל, ידיעת ספרים". החוברת הראשונה ("ספר ראשון") מכילה רק דברי הגנה של רודקינזון נגד ד"ר יוסף שמואל בלוך, שהאשימו בעזרה לכומר רולינג במשפט בלוך-רולינג. חוברות נוספות לא נדפסו. ספר א: לחדש יאנואר 1886. (דפוס Pressburg ,Loewy & Alhalay). 56 עמ'. Added title page: Barkai. Schutzschrift des M. L. Rodkinssohn gegen ... Dr. Bloch ... בשער המעטפת: "ברקאי. שריון וקשת בידי מ. ל. ראדקינסזאהן, נגד ... יוסף שמואל בלאך ... ". עמ' 55-54: "טחי תפל", שיר מאת מנחם מנדל דאליצקי.
   CD-EPI 0318148
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica