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Lot #    15402
Auction End Date    9/5/2006 10:27:07 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Aufruf an die orthodoxen Rabbiner Europa's
Title (Hebrew)    чем чеша
Author    [Community - Only Ed.] Dr. M. Pinner
City    Berlin
Publisher    Selbstverlag des Verfassers
Publication Date    1858
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Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 19, [1] pp., 228:143 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A good copy as issued.
   Title: Aufruf an die orthodoxen Rabbiner Europa's: und die Uothwendigkeit einer streng orthodoxen allgemeinen Rabbiner-Versammlung...

The author, Ephraim Moses ben Alexander Susskind Pinner, (whose name on the title page is M. Pinner) has here invited orthodox rabbis to a congress. There is a page in Hebrew opposite the title page headed Kol Kore and there Pinner issues the call "to gather on Rosh Hodesh Iyar to increase and to sanctify the name of Hashem in the eyes of the nations, and to strengthen and to distribute His holy Torah to the masses."

Pinner was a German Talmudist and archeologist; born in Pinne about 1800; died in Berlin 1880. His first work, bearing the pretentious title of "Kizzur Talmud Yerushalmi we-Talmud Babli" = "Compendium of the Jerusalem Talmud and of the Babylonian Talmud" (Berlin, 1831), contained specimens of translation of both Talmuds and an attempted biography of the tanna Simeon b. Yoḥai. It was published as the forerunner of his proposed translation of the Talmud; and his travels through Germany, France, England, Italy, Turkey, and Russia were probably undertaken for the purpose of furthering that plan. Pinner went from Constantinople to St. Petersburg in 1837, and secured the permission of Emperor Nicholas I. to dedicate the translation to him. It was to have been completed in twenty-eight folio volumes; but only one appeared, the tractate Berakot, which was published five years later (Berlin, 1842). This is a splendidly printed book, dedicated to the emperor, who also heads the list of subscribers. The latter includes the names of the kings of Prussia, Holland, Belgium, and Denmark, and of about twenty-five dukes, princes, archbishops, and bishops. The volume contains approbations from several rabbis, none of whom lived in Russia, in which country only representatives of Haskalah, like Abraham Stern, Isaac Baer Levinsohn, Jacob Tugendhold of Warsaw, and Abraham b. Joseph Sack of Wilna, favored the undertaking. Their approval was given in signed eulogies, which follow the approbations of the non-Russian rabbis.

Three years after the appearance of the tractate Berakot, Pinner, who had apparently remained in Russia in the hope of being able to continue the publication of the translation, gave to the world his famous "Prospectus der Odessaer Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Altherthum Gehörenden Aeltesten Hebraäischen und Rabbinischen Manuscripte" (Odessa, 1845), which for the first time brought to the attention of the world the archeological discoveries (mostly spurious) of Abraham Firkovich. The publication of facsimiles, on which Simhah Pinsker and other investigators founded their theories on "nikkud" (punctuation), was, according to Geiger ("Wiss. Zeit. Jüd. Theol." vi. 109), Pinner's only service to science. His own investigations, like his translations, were considered by competent critics to be of no value.

Other works of Pinner were: "Was Haben die Israeliten in Sachsen zu Hoffen und Was Ist Ihnen zu Wünschen?" Leipsic, 1833; "Offenes Sendschreiben an die Nationen Europa's und an die Stände Norwegens," Berlin, 1848; "Denkschrift an die Juden Preussens, Besonders für die Juden Berlins," ib. 1856, on the political and religious condition of the Jews; "Kol Kore, Aufruf an die Orthodoxen Rabbinen Europa's und die Nothwendigkeit einer Streng Orthodoxen, Allgemeinen Rabbiner-Versammlung Dargestellt," ib. 1858. He is, besides, supposed to be the author of an incomplete catalogue of Hebrew books and manuscripts (see Roest, "Cat. Rosenthal. Bibl." s.v.).

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19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
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Language:    German, some Hebrew
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