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Lot #    15461
Auction End Date    9/5/2006 10:51:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hiddushei Maharsha
Title (Hebrew)    חידושי מהרש'א על פירוש רש'י
Author    R. Samuel Eliezer ben Judah ha-Levi Edels
City    Feurth
Publisher    Joseph Petschau and his son Mendel Baer
Publication Date    1764
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 60 [i.e. 82] ff., 197:156 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Discourses on Rashi's commentary on the Torah by R. Samuel Eliezer ben Judah ha-Levi Edels (Maharsha). The title page has a decorative frame and states that it is a commentary on Rashi on Hameshei Humshei Torah and glosses on Mizrahi (R. Elijah ben Abraham Mizrahi, c. 1450-1526). There is an approbation from R. Yuda Amrikh and a preface, followed by the text, which is in two columns in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words.

R. Samuel Eliezer ben Judah ha-Levi Edels' (Maharsha, 1555-1631) was among the greatest Talmudists. The date and place of his birth are not known with certainty, although 1555 is suggested for the former and Cracow for the latter; his father's name is known only from Maharsha's signature. He learned in Posen, marrying there the daughter of R. Moses Ashkenazi Heilpern (Zikhron Moshe). After his marriage Maharsha lived with his in-laws, during which time both he and his students were supported by his mother-in-law, a wealthy women. Maharsha took her name, Edel, as his family name, Edels, a not uncommon occurrence in such circumstances in eastern Europe at that time. With the death of Edels' mother-in-law in 1605 it became necessary to accept a rabbinic position, which he did, first in Chelm, then in Lublin (1616), succeeding R. Meir ben Gedaliah (Maharam of Lublin), and afterwards in Ostrog (1625), founding in the latter place a yeshivah that attracted many students. Maharsha is best known for his concise, sharp, and profound analysis of the talmudic text, encompassing both Rashi and Tosafot. R. Edels' Hiddushei Halakhot and Hiddushei Aggadot, two distinct works, are now combined and printed with almost every Talmud and considered essential in its study. It has been suggested that Edels had to have had Divine inspiration, for it would have otherwise been impossible for a man to have written such a work.

Paragraph 2    ... על חמשה חומשי תורה והשגות על המזרחי ...

נדפס דף על דף על-פי הענא תע"ז, בהשמטת דברים מהקדמת המלקט. הסכמה: ר' יודא עמריך, פיורדא.

   Dubnow, History Russia & Poland, 1 (1916), 129-30; R. Margulies, Toledot Adam (1912); S. A. Horodezky, Le-Korot ha-Rabbanut (1942), 183-90; H. H. BenSasson, Hagut ve-Hanhagah (1959), index; J. M. Toledano, Sarid u-Falit (1945), 74f. ; Vinograd, Furth 303; CD-EPI 0170866
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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