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Lot #    13865
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:35:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ein Hochwohlgeboren: Ew. Wohlgeboren
Author    [Only Ed.] Blume Beinaschewitz
City    Warsaw
Publisher    Meir Jehiel Halter
Publication Date    1899
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only editions. Two single sheets, 187:126 mm., light age staining.
   Two form letters praising the works of Dr. M. Lehmann translated by Blume Beinaschewitz, a translator of his works. The first letter, addressed as Ew. Wohlgeboren (to the wellborn), begins, Die spannende und interessante Erzählung Jacobine (Hebraisch ) ist eine besten Schöpfungen des berühmten Rabbiners weiland Dr. M. Lehmann (Being the interesting story "Jacobine" (Hebraisch ), amomg the best creations of the famous rabbi, Dr. M. Lehmann. The second letter, addressed as the high and well born, begins, Ich hatte die Ehre, an Sie die Erzählung , welche ich in meiner Jugend aus dem Deutschen übertragen habe, zu studentun (I had the honour, to to translate in my youth the story German for students. The translator offers to send an example of the translation. She gives her address in both German and Cyrillic, her residence being in Kovno, Russia.

The author of the works translated, Dr. Marcus Lehmann, (Meir; 18311890) was a German Orthodox rabbi, scholar, and writer. He was born in Verden, Germany, and studied with R. Israel Hildesheimer in Halberstadt, with R. S. L. Rapoport in Prague, and at Halle. In Prague he was friendly with the writer Solomon Kohn, who may have influenced Dr. Lehmann's future work as a writer. In 1853 an organ was introduced in the synagogue of Mainz and in 1854, when the Orthodox members formed a separate congregation, Lehmann was elected their rabbi and, eventually, one of the leaders and spokesmen of modern German Orthodoxy. In Mainz he founded a religious school which from 1859 was an elementary day school for boys and girlsDr. Lehmann wrote polemically against Reform and founded the weekly Israelit (18601938) to counter the influence of Ludwig Philippson's Reform periodical, Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums; the Israelit became the principal voice of German Orthodoxy. Dr. Lehmann was the main contributor to the Israelit and his many historical novels, including Rabbi Joselmann von Rosheim (translated into English as Tales of Yore, 1947), and short stories were first published in it. His stories were collected in Aus Vergangenheit und Gegenwart (6 vols., 187288), and many were translated or adapted into Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic, French, Hungarian, English, and other languages. Lehmann's stories have no great literary merit, but as juvenile literature they have religious and educational value. Of more scholarly importance, though also primarily intended for popular instruction, are his German edition of the Haggadah (1906, 19142, 19265), anonymously revised and enlarged by H. Ehrmann and translated into English (1969), and his Sabbath lectures on Avot, collected as Die Sprueche der Vaeter (in installments, in: Israelit, 18951905; 3 vols., 1921/23) in which Lehmann made use of earlier commentators, particularly of Samuel b. Isaac's Midrash Shemu'el, and thus made the commentators accessible to the German reader. Lehmann also published the tractate Berakhot of the Jerusalem Talmud with the commentary of Solomon Sirillo and his own notes, Meir Nativ (1874). Dr. Lehmann translated the Pentateuch (1873, 19136) in the Bible translation initiated by the Orthodox Bible Institute to counter the translation of Zunz and others. As editor of the Israelit, Lehmann inclined increasingly to S. R. Hirsch's intransigent line in Hirsch's differences with R. Hildesheimer, Lehmann's friend and teacher.

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19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
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Language:    German
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