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Lot #    13153
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 12:10:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Novellae by the Mahazit ha-Shekel
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר שמואל הלוי קעלין בע'מ מחצית השקל
Author    [Ms.]
City    [Boskovice, Moravia]
Publication Date    18th cent.
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2] pp., 320:206 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, neat rabbinic script.
   R. Samuel b. Natan Nata ha-Levi Kelin (1720–1806), rabbi and posek. Kolin took his name from his birthplace, Kolin, in Bohemia, where he received his talmudic education, and was considered a child prodigy. After his marriage he settled in Boskovice and his material needs were provided by his wife, who managed a wool business, leaving him free for study. Although he never held an official rabbinic appointment, for over 60 years he conducted a yeshivah which attracted many pupils. R. Kolin achieved fame through his comprehensive work, Mahazit ha-Shekel, a commentary on the Shulhan Arukh, Orah Hayyim and Yoreh De'ah. The section on Orah Hayyim (Vienna, 1807–08) is in fact a supercommentary on the Magen Avraham of R. A. A. Gombiner. Its main purpose is to give the actual wording of the sources to which R. Gombiner alludes, or which he abbreviates, and to simplify his rather difficult language. Only portions of the commentary to the Yoreh De'ah, part 1, and on the laws of niddah were published (1858–60). The Mahazit ha-Shekel achieved wide popularity among scholars who depended on it in arriving at halakhic decisions. It was published separately a number of times and in later editions together with the text of the Shulhan Arukh. R. Kolin's sermons (1906) and his commentaries to Bava Batra and Avodah Zarah (1958) were also published under the same title.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Novellae
Kind of Judaica