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Lot #    13693
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 12:10:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Reden aus ernster Zeit
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Dr. M. Lewin
City    Berlin
Publisher    Buchdruckerei Itzkowski
Publication Date    1915
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 48 pp., 232:156 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in later half cloth and marbled paper over boards, rubbed.
   A volume of sermons by R. Dr. M. Lewin, the Rabbi of Wreschen who was also the author of Gelegenheits: predigten (Frankfurt am Main, 1898) and Das Buch Ruth: predigt (Wreschen, 1900).

Wreschen, a town in Posen, Germany, three miles from the Russian frontier. Its Jewish community formerly ranked among the largest of southern Prussia, and is mentioned as one of the congregations which suffered severely during the persecutions of the years 1648-51. Unluckily, however, all the early documents were destroyed in the conflagration of 1873, in which the synagogue, a beautiful old wooden building, also was burned. The gravestones of the ancient cemetery, which has been closed for about forty years, afford no historical data, since the great majority of the older inscriptions have been obliterated.

Among the members of the community special mention may be made of Rabbi Zevi Hirsch b. Aaron Mirels, Rabbi Aaron Mirels (Kaufmann, "Die Letzte Vertreibung der Juden aus Wien und Niederösterreich," pp. 79 et seq., Vienna, 1889), and the Bible commentator Rabbi Meïr Löb Malbim. Zevi Mirels, who was called also Hirsch Aaron London, was the author of the "Mispar Zeva'am," and presented a Hebrew hymn to General Möllendorf when the latter was sent by the Prussian king Frederick William II. to receive the allegiance of the new province of southern Prussia ("Das Jahr 1793," p. 16, note, Posen, 1895). Rabbi Aaron Mirels, the author of the "Bet Aharon," is buried in the cemetery at Hirschberg in Silesia. In Wreschen, Malbim wrote his first work, the collection of annotations on the first chapters of the Shulhan 'Aruk, Orah Hayyim, which laid the foundation of his renown as a scholar. In Wreschen, moreover, the musical director Louis Lewandowski was born April 3, 1821.

The population of Wreschen in 1905 numbered 5,435, of whom 490 are Jews. The community had a religious school and a public school, the former having an attendance of forty and the latter of thirty-five.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica