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Lot #    14488
Auction End Date    6/13/2006 10:20:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kri’at ha-Torah
Title (Hebrew)    קריאת התורה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Hayyim ben Naphtali Coeslin (Keslin)
City    Berlin
Publisher    Haverat Hanukh Na’arim
Publication Date    1814
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 44 pp., octavo, 175:100 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Explanation of the root of קרא and how it was used by the sages in the Talmud by R. Hayyim ben Naphtali Coeslin (Keslin). The title page states that it will explain their intent in a clear language and explain the subject of yesh aim le-Mikra and aim le-Messorah, that is, whether a verse is to be understood as it is written or as it is read. It also addresses other issues in the Talmud built upon the structure of the Hebrew language. There are approbations from R. Akiva Eger and from R. Simha Wiel. An apologia from the author follows, and then the text, in a single column in rabbinic type. It begins with introductory material and continues, in the order of issues in the Talmud. After the discourses based on the Talmud is a strong refutation (33a-44b) on modifications to the accepted liturgy in the book Iggeret beit Tefillah by Isaac Satanof (1732-1804). The latter, a Haskalah writer, who, in his book, classified every word that he explained as either "Hebrew" or "talmudic," and proceeded to clarify this question at other opportunities as well. Satanof attempted to break out of the strict framework of biblical style, although he himself was very adept in the biblical style called melizah. Hence he demanded that new words be coined; in Iggeret Beit Tefillah he complains that the vocabulary of biblical Hebrew had not preserved its great lexical range.

R. Coeslin was also the author of Mesilol bedikduk Loshon ha-Kodesh (Hamburg, 1788).

Paragraph 2    לבאר הוראת שרש קרא ואיך שהשתמשו בו חז"ל בש"ס, וכוונת אמרם... אל תקרי כך אלא כך, ובאור ענין יש אם למקרא ויש אם למסרת... ועוד נוסף ... מכתב באר רחובות אשר כבר יצא לאור... [ב"המאסף טבת תקמ"ו, עמ' נא-ס וב"בכורי העתים" תקפ"ה, עמ' 124-116]... מאת חיים במוהר"ר נפתלי הירץ קעסלין מברלין...

עמ' לג-מד: באר רחובות נגד התיקונים ושינויים בנוסו התפילה שבספר "אגרת בית תפלה", מאת יצחק מסטנאב, ברלין תקל"ג. מכתבים [הסכמות]: ר' עקיבא גינז (איגר) מא"ש [מאייזנשטאט], פרידלאנד; ר' מאיר ב"ר שמחה ווייל, בערלין, יח שבט תקע"ד.

   BE kof 1085; EJ; CD-EPI 0164837
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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