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Lot #    13644
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 11:45:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shulhan Arukh haRav
Title (Hebrew)    שלחן ערוך הרב
Author    [Habad] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Brody
Publisher    Moses Leib Harmelin
Publication Date    1874
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Volume 4 of 4. [2], 182, 185-202 ff., 207:134 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   The Shulhan Arukh of R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism. He was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about Hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the Hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a hasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.
Paragraph 2    שני שערים. הראשון מקוצר. בכל השערים (חוץ מחשן משפט): אורח חיים (גם בחלק יורה דעה) והתאריך תרל"ה, פרט לשערים של חשן משפט ושאלות ותשובות. נדפס דף-על-דף על-פי זיטאמיר תרכ"ט (פרט לעמ' 474-458 בחלק ב ולעמ' 404-253 בחלק ד) בהשמטת הקדמת ר' חיים אברהם, ובתוספת שער ל"שאלות ותשובות" שבשוליו שנת הדפוס: תרל"ד. התשובה "נדון סכינים מלוטשים" (שנדפסה בהוצאת תרכ"ט בסי' כב) הועברה למקומה הנכון (בסי' ז) והתשובה על "אשה שמצאה על העד קרטין" (שנדפסה שם בסי' כג) הועברה לסי' כ.
   Mundschein, Sifrei haHalacha shel Admor haZakan pp. 122-23, # 22; EJ; CD-EPI 0181062
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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