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Lot #    13512
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:39:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Gevurot ha-Shem
Title (Hebrew)    גבורות ה'
Author    [Hasidim] R. Judah ben Bezalel Loew (Maharal)
City    Nowy Dwor Mazowiecki
Publisher    Johann Anton Krieger
Publication Date    1796
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 102 ff., 198:171 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern half leather and cloth over boards.
   Gevurot ha-Shem, by R. Judah ben Bezalel Loew (Maharal) on the Exodus, the Haggadah, Divine providence, exile and redemption. It is comprised of seventy-two chapters, fifty-one to sixty five a commentary on the Haggadah. Approbations by the Rebbe of Berditchev and the Maggid of Kosnitz.

Maharal is among the preeminent rabbinic figures of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. An original and profound thinker, his varied interests, in addition to vast rabbinic scholarship, encompassed kabbalistic, scientific, and mathematical studies. Little is known of Maharal’s personal life, as he was reticent to include such material in his works. However, he is the subject of numerous miraculous tales, concerning his birth, marriage, and later life. Born in Posen, Maharal served as Landesrabbiner of Moravia in Nikolsburg from 1553 to 1573 prior to moving to Prague to head the Klaus yeshiva. Maharal left Prague in 1583-1584 for Posen, returning in 1588-1589. He again left Prague for Posen in 1592, returning in 1597 to succeed R. Mordecai ben Abraham Jaffe (Levush), as Chief Rabbi. Although Maharal is known as Chief Rabbi of Prague he was elected to that position late in life, due to opposition to him for his independent positions, among them his disdain for the current educational curriculum and the pilpul method of Talmud study. His works in the fields of ethics, philosophy, and homiletics are all based on the same homiletical system: exegetical and homiletical interpretation of the sayings of the rabbis of the Talmud.

Paragraph 2    ממורינו... רבי יהודא ליוואי בר רבי בצלאל.. וכעת נתעורר הרבני מו' יעקב משה בהרבני... מו' שלמה זלמן נ"י מיערסלוב וכעת מתגורר בע"מ [בעיר מלוכה] ווארשי והביאו לבית הדפוס שנית... ע"י... יעקב בהרבני... מו' נפתלי צבי הירש ז"ל מבית יאליס מק"ק רייוויץ ולע"ע עוסק... בדפוס נאווי דוואהר...

"הלכות פסח" ו"הלכות יין נסך" נשמטו. ראינו טופס שדף השער נדפס שנית בשינויים טיפוגראפיים. בשולי השער: לסדר ולפרט ואמרת' אליו בחוזק' יד הוציאנ'ו' ה' ממצרים [תקנ"ו]. הסכמות: ר' לוי יצחק בהגאון מהר"ם [ר' מאיר] מבארדיטשוב, כב אדר-א תקנ"ו; ר' ישראל ב"ר שבתי [האפשטיין] מקאזניץ, כא אדר-א תקנ"ו.

   Vin. Nowy Dwor 73; CD-EPI 0138930
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Haggadah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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