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Lot #    13051
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 11:27:13 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer Derekh ha-kodesh
Title (Hebrew)    ספר דרך הקדש
Author    Jechiel Zevi Hirschensohn (Lichtenstein)
City    Berlin
Publisher    Julius Zittenfeld
Publication Date    1872
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   158, [2], 4 pp., 200:132 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth boards.
   The author was an apostate. He converted and became a missionary. He wrote this book to explain the foundations of the Jewish religion.

Jehiel Zevi (Hermann) Hirschensohn-Lichtenstein (1827–1912)was an apostate and missionary. Born in Russia, he converted to Christianity in 1855 at Jassy, Rumania, but keeping this secret he spent some time among the Hasidim of Lubavich and worked on his Derekh ha-Kodesh ("The Way of Holiness," 1872), which deals with the fundamentals of the Jewish faith, but betrays the author's Christianizing tendencies. From 1868 to 1878 he worked, under the name of Hermann Lichtenstein, for the Protestant mission in Berlin. He then returned to Russia where, disguised as a hasidic rabbi, he distributed his book. He married in Kishinev, Moldavia, a sister of Joseph Rabinovich who later, probably under Hirschensohn's influence, founded the sect called Community of Evangelian Jews. His true character discovered, he had to leave Russia, and became lecturer at Franz Delitzsch's Institutum Judaicum at Leipzig. He also wrote Hizzuk Emunat ha-Emet ("Support of the True Faith"), directed against the Hizzuk Emunah of the Karaite Isaac Troki; Sheva Hokhmot (1883), an anthology of rabbinic statements on science (geography in particular), with annotations; Toledot Yeshu'a ("The Life of Jesus," 1883); and Yeshu'a ve-Hillel ("Jesus and Hillel," 1894), based on Delitzsch's work under the same title.

Paragraph 2    יבאר יסודי דת העברית לפי יסודי חכמת האמת ... ויבאר הדיעה והשטה הנכונה בענין האלהות והעולם ... היא השטה אשר תסיר כל הספקות בעניני אמונת האלהים ... מאת הרב ... ר' יחיאל צבי במהר"ם ני"ו, חונה בק"ק יאס ... נכד ... ה"ר יצחק אייזיק ז"ל, שהיה אב"ד בק"ק בארלאד ... ולבסוף ימיו בק"ק יאס ... נין ונכד להרב ... ישראל ז"ק ז"ל, בעהמ"ח ספר הלכה אדם מישראל על הש"ס. ומגזע הרבנים של ארבע ארצות פולין ...בשנת וצויתי את ב'ר'כ'ת'י' לכם

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   CD-EPI 0127092, EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Missionary
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica