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Lot #    13883
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:44:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Mei ha-Shillo'ah (Waters of Siloah)
Title (Hebrew)    מי השלח
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] R. Majer Zipser
City    Ofen
Publisher    Universitaets-Buchdruckerei
Publication Date    1853
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. [1], 19 ff., 205:136 mm., usual light age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in modern paper wrappers.
          
Detailed
Description
   R. Majer Zipser (1815–1869), rabbi and leader of the Neologist movement in Hungary. Born in Balassagyarmat, Hungary, Zipser studied at the renowned yeshivot of Eisenstadt and Mikulov, under R. Meir Eisenstadt and R. N. Trebitsch, respectively. The latter granted him his rabbinical diploma (semikhah), as did R. Moses Sofer though he was not one of his disciples (1837). While still engaged in his talmudic studies, he acquired a broad general education, and graduated from the University of Pest in 1851. In 1844 Zipser was appointed rabbi of Szekesfehervar. As soon as he assumed his position he called for reforms in the order of prayer: the exclusion of the piyyutim from the obligatory prayers and their recital in silence. Controversies immediately broke out within the community which increased after he consented to give a get (divorce bill) in the community, something which had never been done before. Zipser published, this work, Mei ha-Shillo'ah (“Waters of Siloah,” 1853) in defense of his attitude. In 1850 he went to England, where he published his apologetic work The Talmud and the Gospels (1851). It was republished by the community of London in 1852 as “The Sermon on the Mount Reviewed. . ., in reply to statements made by two members of parliament, Inglis and Newgate.” As a result of the disputes in his community, he thought of emigrating, but accepted a call from the community of Rechnitz (Rohonc), where he remained until his death. His other works include: Zur Biographie R. Meir Eisenstadt (1846–47); Die juedischen Zustaende unter der 150 jaehrigen Tuerkenherrschaft (1846–47); Raphael Meldola (1846–47); and Kritische Untersuchung ueber die Originalitaet der im Talmud und Midraschim vorkommenden Parabeln und Sentenzen (1848). His German translation of Josephus' Contra Apionem, entitled Ueber das hohe Alter des juedischen Volkes gegen Apion, was edited by A. Jellinek and published posthumously in 1870.
          
Paragraph 2    ... כולל שאלה ותשובה בענין גט אחד, סדרתי אני... מאיר ציפסער אב"ד בק"ק שטוהלווייסענבורג.

דף [2, ב]: "מכתב מהרב... ליב שוואב", אב"ד פעסט, הסומך ידיו על הגט שסידר המחבר. נגדו יצא ר' גוטליב פישר בספר "דלתים ובריח", Wien תרט"ו. על הפרשה עיין: י' כ"ץ, הקרע שלא נתאחה, ירושלים תשנ"ה, עמ' 68-65.

          
Reference
Description
   Vinograd, Offen 85 (incorrect pagination); CD-EPI 0160930
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Hungary
  
Subject
Polemics:    Checked
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Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew plus...
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica