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Lot #    13185
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 12:26:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Be'urim Hadashim
Title (Hebrew)    באורים חדשים
Author    [Haskalah] Abraham Dov Lebensohn (Adam ha-Kohen)
City    Vilna
Publisher    Joseph Reuven b. Menahem Romm
Publication Date    1858
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. XX, 200 pp., 214:135 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in modern full leather boards, tooled in blind.
   Commentary on Prophets by Abraham Dov Mikhailishker Lebensohn, (Adam ha-Kohen, 1794–1878), Hebrew poet and grammarian. He was known for his love of the language, and was the spokesman of Russian Haskalah during its early period, openly proclaiming his allegiance to the “Berlin” Haskalah and particularly to Moses Mendelssohn. He received elementary and yeshiva education in his native Vilna where he became a successful broker. His earliest published writings were occasional poems for weddings or funerals of Vilna notables, honoring Jewish and gentile dignitaries. From 1849 to 1853 Lebensohn, together with Isaac Benjacob and Behak, published a second edition of the Biur, the commentary and translation of the Bible by Moses Mendelssohn and his disciples, and appended materials not published in the first edition, under the title Be'urim Hadashim (1858). Following the death of M. A. Guenzburg in 1846, Lebensohn became the leader of Vilna's maskilim, and, because of his eloquence, served as the main preacher at their synagogue, Tohorat ha-Kodesh. He published several scholarly works in these fields - for example, Shnei Luhot ha-Adut, conjugations to make one conversent with, able to analyze, and interpret everything in these tablets, that is, two aspects of the language - and was an active contributor to the Hebrew press. The main theme underlying his poetry is the conflict between optimism (enlightened rationalism), expressed in poems such as “Higgayon la-Erev,” La-Boker Rinnah, Ha-Aviv, and the harsh, cruel reality of life (six of his children and his beloved son-in-law died during his lifetime. The dirges written for his children, Hesped Mar and Mikhal Dimah, are intensely emotional despite the ornamental style of his day.
Paragraph 2    על ירמיה, יחזקאל וכל ספרי תרי עשר ספרי אמ"ת [איוב, משלי, תהלים] איכה וקהלת ושם הכולל... הוא תורת האדם, מאתי אברהם דובער בן-חיים <לעבענזאהן> הכהן. חלק ראשון...

קדם שני שערים מקוצרים: באורים חדשים או תורת האדם; באורים חדשים והוא תורת האדם. לא יצא אלא חלק א בלבד, על ירמיה, יחזקאל ותרי עשר. בשער: הספרים האלה הם אשר לא באו באורי עליהם בתוך התנ"ך מקראי קדש שהוצאנו לאור עולם פה עירנו ווילנא [תר"ח-תרי"ג]... יוצאים עתה בספר לבדו...

   EJ; JE; Waxman III pp. 217-236; Zinberg 106-20; CD-EPI 0178468
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica