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Lot #    13545
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:56:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pirke Aboth (Spruche der Vater)
Author    [Only Ed.] Dr. Lazarus Levi Adler
City    Furth
Publisher    Zurndorfer & Sommer
Publication Date    1851
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. VIII, 170 pp., 210:130 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, stamps. A good copy bound in contemporary half cloth over boards, rubbed.
   Chapter one of Pirke Avot with commentary in German by Dr. Lazarus Levi Adler (18101886), German rabbi and pedagogue. Adler's education included intensive Talmud study in Gelnhausen (Hesse-Nassau) and Wuerzburg and secular studies culminating in a doctorate from the University of Erlangen in 1833. In 1852 Adler became district rabbi of the province of Hesse-Kassel and retained this post until his retirement to Wiesbaden in 1883. Adler represented the more conservative branch of the Reform movement in Germany. While a consistent advocate of religious and educational progress, he opposed measures, such as the abolition of circumcision, which he felt would create an unbridgeable gulf between factions of the Jewish community. He was president of the Kassel rabbinical conference (1868) and an important participant in the German-Jewish synods of Leipzig (1869) and Augsburg (1871). From 1837 to 1839 Adler published Die Synagoge, a periodical containing sermons, popular historical studies, and essays dealing with contemporary Jewish issues. His final religious position is presented in Hillel und Schamai (1878).

Avot became a text for recital in the synagogue, it has been reproduced and reprinted more often than any other talmudic work. It is included in editions of the traditional prayer book. Since it furnishes teachings of what the Jewish sages considered fundamental aspects of life, and because these teachings were expressed in polished epigrams, Avot has been the best known talmudic treatise among non-Jews. It has been translated into Latin, English, French, German, Italian - probably into every language the prayer book has been translated into.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Avot
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica