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Lot #    13337
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 1:41:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Piskei Hallah
Title (Hebrew)    פסקי חלה
Author    [Ms. - Polemic] R. Solomon ben Abraham ibn Adret
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Elijah & Moses Hai Saoon
Publication Date    1876
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [3], 25 ff., 20 pp., 201:155 mm., wide margins, light age staining, final 20 pp. with extensive notes.
Paragraph 1    Final 20 pp. of introduction and detailed glosses by R. Nahman Nathan Coronel, with extensive polemical ms. notes.
   On the laws of Hallah by R. Solomon ben Abraham ibn Adret (Rashba) with an introduction and detailed glosses by R. Nahman Nathan Coronel, who bought the work to press. The term Hallah originally applied to the portion of dough set aside and given to the priest (Num. 15:19–20). Nowadays since the obligation to give hallah is rabbinic and the priests are unable to eat it because of ritual uncleanness, it is customary to set aside an olive's bulk from any dough liable for hallah and to burn it. The precept of hallah is the subject of a special tractate of the Mishnah in the order Zera'im that bears its name and the Jerusalem Talmud also has a Gemara to it. The word hallah is popularly employed for the special Sabbath loaves.

R. Solomon ben Abraham ibn Adret (Rashba c. 1235–c. 1310) was one of the preeminent talmudists and halakhic authorities in medieval Spain. Born to a distinguished family in Barcelona, Adret was a student of R. Jonah Gerondi (Rabbenu Yonah) and R. Moses ben Nahman (Ramban). He served as rabbi of Barcelona for forty years, achieving such recognition and respect that he was acknowledged as El Rab d’Espana (rabbi of Spain). His yeshivah attracted students from afar; many of whom became prominent rabbis and scholars. Regarded as fair and incorruptible, renowned for his humility, Adret was turned to by all strata of society, from an orphan, for whom he was the guardian, against powerful state officials, to Pedro III of Aragon, who requested Adret adjudicate entangled cases between Jewish communities. In the dispute over studying philosophy, Adret defended Maimonides, but placed serious restrictions on the study of science and philosophy.

R. Nahman Nathan Coronel (1810–1890) was a talmudic scholar, author, and bibliographer. Hel was born in Amsterdam where he studied at the Etz Haim yeshivah. At the age of 20 he immigrated to Erez Israel and settled first in Jerusalem and later in Safed, where he suffered from the looting of 1834, the earthquake of 1837, and the Druze revolt. He thereupon returned to Jerusalem, where he became active in communal affairs. He was one of the few to support the establishment of the Lemel School, the first modern school in Jerusalem, as well as of the Battei Mahaseh founded in 1859 to enable Jews from abroad to spend their last years in Jerusalem. He served also as an emissary of Jerusalem in Europe. Coronel became interested in acquiring manuscripts and gained world-wide renown as a bibliographer. While in Vienna in 1872 he exchanged manuscripts with the emperor Francis Joseph, from whom he received a decoration. He sold many manuscripts to various libraries and published others, among them Piskei Hallah.

Paragraph 2    ... נדפס פ"א בלא שם המקום ושנת הדפו' אבל נודע לנו ע"י רשימת ספרים שנדפס בקושטא שנת רע"ח ... ותקנתיו ... כפי יכולתי. ובסופו ספחתי תרי פסקי ... בהלכות חלה מהרב ... יעקב ן' צהל זלה"ה מחכמי דור שלפנינו פה עה"ק. ועוד ממני הצעיר בדיני סופגנין ומאמ' חקור דבר אודות המנהג שנהגו אף במקומות הרחוקות מא"י להפריש חלה ... כ"ד ... נחמן נתן קורוניל ...

הסכמות: ר' אברהם אשכנזי, ירושלים, תמוז תרל"ו; ר' מאיר אויערבאך, ירושלים, תמוז תרל"ו; ר' אהרן עזריאל, ירושלים, טבת תרל"ד.

   BE peh 540; CD-EPI 0105678
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19th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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