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Lot #    10794
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 3:54:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kol Sason
Title (Hebrew)    קול ששון
Author    [Liturgy - Haskalah] Raphael Furstenthal
City    Krotoszyn
Publisher    B. M. Monasch
Publication Date    1840
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. pp., 186:110 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Liturgies for Purim with Judeo-German translation and commentary by Furstenthal.

Raphael Furstenthal, German poet, translator, and Hebrew writer; born in Glogau 1781; died at Breslau Feb. 16, 1855. Fürstenthal's attention was directed chiefly toward the modernization of Jewish religious services, both in and out of the synagogue, and to this end he translated into German the most important liturgical books. These versions became very popular among the German Jews; and, in spite of many subsequent translations, they have retained their popularity to the present time. To some of them, as, for instance, the Penitential Prayers, he added excellent Hebrew commentaries. Furthermore, he did much creditable work in philosophical and exegetical literature. His German translations of and Hebrew commentaries to the "Moreh Nebukim" of Moses Maimonides and the "Hobot ha-Lebabot" of Bahya ibn Pakuda, and especially his large Hebrew commentary to the whole Bible, evidence his great versatility in Talmudic and Midrashic literature.

Fürstenthal's main importance, however, lies in his activity as a national Hebrew poet. His poetic productions have a genuine classic ring, and are distinguished by elegance of diction, richness of thought, and true, unaffected national feeling. His power shows itself at its height in his "Song on Zion" ("Ha-Meassef," 1810, iv. 37), which is considered the best of his numerouspoems. In German, too, Fürstenthal has shown remarkable poetic talent in his rhythmical translations of various piyyutim, as, for example, his translation of the "pizmon" in the minhah prayer for the Day of Atonement.

Paragraph 2    כולל תפילות וקרובץ לפורים ומגלת אסתר עם פירש אבן עזרא. ונלוה עליו פירש פתוחי חותם... באור מספיק על כל המקומות הסתומים והקשים בפירש אבן עזרא, אשר איזן וחיקר החכם... רפאל בר"י פירשטענטהאל... ונוסף על זה התרגום שני ממגלת אסתר מתורגם בלשון אשכנזי מהנ"ל.

עם תרגום אשכנזי למגלת אסתר, באותיות עבריות, מאת אהרן וולפסזון, מתוך חמש מגלות, ברלין תקמ"ח-תקמ"ט. כ דף: "תרגום שני". באשכנזית (גרמנית באותיות עבריות). עם דינים, בעברית.

   CD-EPI 0201419; JE
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Bindings:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica