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Lot #    13708
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 12:17:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ma’asa Eliezer
Title (Hebrew)    משא אליעזר
Author    [Montefiore] R. Eliezer ben Mordecai Jacob ha-Levi
City    Vilna
Publisher    Joseph and Reuben Romm
Publication Date    1847
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 24 pp., octavo, 154:105 mm., light age staining, nice margins, old hands. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth over boards.
Paragraph 1    Authographed copy.
   Autographed copy of the account of the author’s trip, accompanying Sir Moses Montefiore to Vilna, by R. Eliezer ben Mordecai Jacob ha-Levi. Sir Moses Montefiore made several trips on behalf of persecuted Jews to attempt to alleviate their situations. Among the most famous is one made by him in 1846 to Russia in an attempt to persuade the authorities to alleviate persecution of the Jewish population. The title page notes that it is about the journey made by the sage R. Eliezer ha-Levi to his borhters in Vilna in the great synagogue on Shabbat Kodesh in 1846 with the noble Moses Montefiore. There is an introduction from Jekuthoiel Shapira, who brought the book to press, and then the text. Ma’asa Eliezer is a chapter from Fuenn’s Tiferet le-Moshe, on Sir Montefiore’s trip, here translated into Hebrew by Fuenn. Printed with Ma’asa Eliezer is verse (pp. 21-24) in honor of sir Moses Montefiore.

Sir Moses Montefiore (1784–1885) was the most famous Anglo-Jew of the 19th century. Montefiore was, from 1827, after his first visit to Erez Israel, until the end of his life, a strictly observant Jew. His determined opposition checked the growth of the Reform movement in England. He has been described as the last of the shtadlanim who by their personal standing with their governments were able to further the cause of Jews elsewhere. He was active as such from the time of the Damascus Affair in 1840. He made trips to Russia to persuade the authorities to alleviate persecution of the Jewish population, and went to Morocco, Rumania, and Turkey for the same purpose, not deterred by fears of slavery and imprisonment which then beset travelers in the East, or by breaking ice or by wolves in Russia. Montefiore was sheriff of London in 1837–38 and was knighted by Queen Victoria on her first visit to the City. He received a baronetcy in 1846 in recognition of his humanitarian efforts on behalf of his fellow Jews. His 100th birthday was celebrated as a public holiday by Jewish communities the world over.

Paragraph 2    ... אשר נשא... מוה' אליעזר הלוי, לאחיו יושבי ק"ק ווילנא בבהכ"נ הגדולה ביום ש"ק פ' קדושים תר"ו בהיותו פה לימין השר זיר [!] משה מאנטופיורו נ"י. נעתק מפי המדבר בלשון אשכנז על ידי מוה' שמואל יוסף ... פין. (המביא לבית הדפוס: יקותיאל שפירא [אייזיק מאיר דיק])...

בהקדמת המביא לבית הדפוס (עמ' 3) נאמר, ש"משא אליעזר" הוא פרק מתוך "קונטרס קטן בשם 'תפארת למשה'" מאת שמואל יוסף פין, ה"כולל ספור בוא השר מאנטופיורו לווילנא".

   BE mem 3685; EJ; CD-EPI 0174773
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica