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Lot #    15280
Auction End Date    7/18/2006 12:57:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hilkhot Netilat Yedei'im
Title (Hebrew)    הלכות נטילת ידים לסעודה
Author    [Habad] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Piotrkow
Publisher    Shlomo Belchatovsky
Publication Date    1911
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of commentary. [4], 3-85 pp., quarto, 221:153 mm., usual age staining, nice marging, stamps. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism. He was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about Hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the Hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a chasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.
Paragraph 2    ... וסביב לו ספר לקוטי מהרי"ט, אשר יגעתי ואספתי מהרבה ספרים ... כל הספיקות ופרטי דינים ... ועשיתי לוח המפתחות ... גם נספח לבסוף דינים נחוצים, מאתי יו"ט נעטיל (בן לא"א צבי דוב) בראנשפיגעל מלאדז נכד המחבר טהור רעיונים [ר' יום-טוב נעטיל ב"ר מנחם] ...
   Mundschein, Tanya p. 248-9, # 24; CD-EPI 0181151
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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