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Lot #    13080
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 11:34:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Reshima shel Shemot ha-Havarim
Title (Hebrew)    רשימה של שמות החברים
Author    [Unrecorded] Mekize Nirdamim
City    Lyck
Publisher    Rudolph Siebert
Publication Date    1874
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [6], 15 pp., 8 vo., 164 :104 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound as issued. Not listed in CD-EPI.
   Listing of the members of the Mekize Nirdamim (rousers of those who slumber), the first society for the publication of medieval Hebrew literature in every branch of intellectual activity, in scholarly editions. The list is preceded by an introduction from R. Eliezer Lipman Silberman (1819-82), German rabbi, Hebrew journalist, and founder of the society.

The aim of the society was both to propagate a knowledge of Jewish scholarship and to establish personal contact between scholars. The structure of the society, provided for a board of directors, consisting of the best qualified scholars in their field, and annual subscriptions from members. The Mekize Nirdamim was founded in 1862 by R. E. L. Silbermann in Lyck, founder-editor of the first Hebrew weekly Ha-Maggid, with the cooperation of Chief Rabbi Nathan M. Adler (London), R. M. Sachs (Berlin), and R. S. D. Luzzatto. There was a certain amount of opposition, for a variety of reasons, which included a lack of faith in the possibility of the renaissance of Jewish culture, an opposition to the publication of non-rabbinic texts, and an opposition in principle to the exclusive use of Hebrew, which was established as a rule by the society, and/or an opposition to its founders by such scholars as A. Geiger and M. Steinschneider. Support was found, however, among Polish and Russian scholars and even in rabbis such as R. Samuel and R. Mattityahu Straschun, R. S. Ganzfried, R. M. L. Malbim, and by 1864 the number of subscribers, from a great many countries, stood at 1,200. In the same year the first four publications were issued, among them the first installment of S. D. Luzzatto's edition of Judah Halevi's Diwan. The adherence of Moses Montefiore in 1865 brought with it the support of many who had been aloof. After a decade's activity, there was a pause until, in 1885, the society resumed its work in Berlin, guided by A. Berliner, A. Harkavy, and others. It was then that the series Kobez al Jad was initiated (26 volumes by 1970), devoted to the publication of smaller manuscripts and documents. In 1934 the seat of the Mekize Nirdamim was transferred to Jerusalem. By 1970, 110 works had been issued. S. Y. Agnon served as president of the society (1954–70), and was succeeded by Gershom Scholem.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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