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Lot #    13667
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 11:57:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zemah Zedek
Title (Hebrew)    צמח צדק
Author    [Habad - Holocaust] R. Menahem Mendel Schneersohn
City    Shanghai, China
Publisher    Tomhei Temimim
Publication Date    [1946]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 286; 50; 70, [3] ff., 225:145 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in the original blue cloth boards, rubbed and damp stained.
   Novellae, and expositions to the Shulhan Arukh by R. Menahem Mendel Schneersohn, printed for Holocaust survivors in Shanghai. R. Menachem Mendel b. Shalom Shachne Schneersohn (1789–1866), grandson of R. Shneur Zalman (son of his daughter) and son-in-law of R. Dov Baer, became the leader of Chabad after his father-in-law's death. Orphaned while young, he was educated chiefly by his grandfather, and from a very early age began to write on halakhah and Hasidism. He wrote numerous books and sermons, most of which remained in manuscript. He was generally acknowledged as one of the greatest Torah scholars of his day. His responsa Zemah Zedek (1870–74, in honor of which he is referred to as the "Zemah Zedek") is a highly esteemed halakhic work. R. Menahem Mendel greatly assisted the Habad settlers in Hebron. The Russian government accorded him the hereditary title of an honored citizen, and he was acknowledged as one of the leaders of Russian Jewry. He fought the assimilationist policy of the government and the adherents of Haskalah who gave it their support. The year before his death, no longer able to fulfill his manifold duties, he assigned them to his sons.

From 1933 to 1941, Shanghai accepted over 30,000 Jewish refugees coming from war torn Europe. The city contained 25,000 Jewish refugees when the Pacific War erupted in the latter part of 1941. In July 1942, Colonel Josef Meisinger of the Gestapo arrived in Shanghai and put forth the “Final Solution in Shanghai” to Japanese authorities. Although the plan was not put into effect due to various reasons, the Japanese proclaimed “The Designated Area for Stateless Refugees”, ordering all Jews who had arrived since 1937 to move into the area within a month. The Jews remained within the confined area in a perilous position for nearly four years, threatened by execution. In the above ghetto, world famous yeshivot as Mir, Habad and others flourished with many students studying torah for long hours. In their haste to escape the European mayhem all books were left behind, necessitating the printing of the current lot.

Paragraph 2    כולל פסקי דינים מן שלחן ערוך... והוא הרבה חידושים וביאורים והגהות בגדולי הראשונים והאחרונים. והרבה פסקי הלכות היוצאים מהגמרא ומגדולי הפוסקים. מאדמו"ר... רבינו מנחם מענדל נ"ע. הובא לביה"ד ע"י נכדיו שי'.
   CD-EPI 0181017; EJ; J. I. Schneersohn, The Tzemach Tzedek and the Haskala Movement (1962); A. H. Glicenstein, Rabbenu ha-Zemah Zedek (1967).
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    China
Hasidic:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Other:    Holocaust
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica