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Lot #    12931
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 10:20:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ot Berit
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Dr. Samuel ben Zevi Kohen
City    Cracow
Publisher    Josef Fisher
Publication Date    1903
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. vi, 2, 230 pp., octavo, 190:135 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A good copy loose in contemporary boards, split.
Paragraph 1    Added t.p.: Die Geschichte der Beschneidung bei den Juden von den altesten Zeiten bis auf die Gegenwart, von Dr. Samuel Kohn ...
   On the history of circumcision among Jews by R. Samuel ben Zevi Kohen (b. 1865). The first Hebrew title page describes Ot Berit as being a record of circumcisison from the time of our father Abraham until the present, and notes that the author is a doctor and mohel. It has the verse, And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you (Genesis 17:11). On the verso is a German title page, in which the book is described as Die Geschichte der Beschneidung bei den Juden von den altesten Zeiten bis auf die Gegenwart. Ot Berit is dedicated to the authors father, Zevi Kohen ben Elhanan and his late mother, Hannah Leah. A table of contents follows, listing the books thirty three chapters, then a brief preface, introduction, and the text, which is set in a single column in square letters. At the end of the book is a bibliography of literature in several languages, among them German, French, English, and Russian. Among the chapter headings are milah according to the Bible, the source of milah according to the books of the Greeks and Romans, according to Herodtus, decrees against milah, milah according to the Rambam, recent laws on milah, opposition to milah among Jews, reasons for milah with seven subheadings, defects in the aver, tumtum and androgynous, the time of milah for an ill child, the flow of blood after milah, stopping the blood, the nails, Orlah, and development of customs related to milah.
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   BE alef 1386; CD-EPI 0140884
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Customs:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica