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Lot #    13081
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 11:34:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Medresh Joseph
Title (Hebrew)    מדרש יוסף
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Joseph Shapotshnick
City    Berlin
Publisher    H. Itzkowski
Publication Date    1913
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 6-20 pp., quarto, 205:135 mm., age staining, not bound.
   Commentary on Tractate Sabbath by R. Joseph Shapotshnick, a Talmudic scholar, emmigrated from Kishnev and Odessa to England, where he settled in the East End of London in 1913. He took upon himself the title of Chief Rabbi, and conducted himself in such a manner that he soon came into conflict with the recognized establishment, that is, the Chief Rabbi and his Bet Din, as well as more right wing rabbis. His support of hopeless causes brought him into conflict with established authority and made him a colorful figure in his day. Among his opponents was R. Samuel Hillman, Dayan of the United Synagogue, who referred to Shapotshnick as a madman in correspondence with such prominent Eastern European rabbis as R. Hayyim Ozer Grodzinski of Vilna. The latter responded with a proclamation, signed by hundreds of rabbis, opposing Shapotshnick. In response, Shapotshnick published “Original Letters Received from World Famous Rabbinical Authorities Recognizing Chief Rabbi . . . Shapotshnick as one of the Greatest Talmudical Scholars. . .” He was a prolific writer, his works encompassing a wide variety of subjects, from Kabbalah and responsa to science and psychology.

Additional Title: Midrasch Jossef, Randglossen und Indices zum Talmud, von Rabbiner Josef Shapotschnik, Odessa.

Paragraph 2    או הגהות מהרי"ש, והוא מסורת הש"ס החדשה, פי[רושים] הוספות והגהות אשר השמיטו הגאונים בעלי מסורת הש"ס ומאיר נתיבים ניפה עינים וכו' ...
   Friedberg 748; CD-EPI 0168426
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica