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Lot #    15508
Auction End Date    9/5/2006 11:14:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kol Sason - Freuden Stimme
Title (Hebrew)    קול ששון
Author    [Liturgy - Haskalah] Raphael Furstenthal
City    Krotoschin
Publisher    B. M. Monasch
Publication Date    1867
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   150; 62 pp., 192:118 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Liturgies for Purim with Judeo-German translation and commentary by Raphael Furstenthal. A German poet, translator, and Hebrew writer; born in Glogau 1781; died at Breslau Feb. 16, 1855, Fürstenthal's attention was directed chiefly toward the modernization of Jewish religious services, both in and out of the synagogue, and to this end he translated into German the most important liturgical books. These versions became very popular among the German Jews; and, in spite of many subsequent translations, they have retained their popularity to the present time. To some of them, as, for instance, the Penitential Prayers, he added excellent Hebrew commentaries. Furthermore, he did much creditable work in philosophical and exegetical literature. His German translations of and Hebrew commentaries to the "Moreh Nebukim" of Moses Maimonides and the "Hobot ha-Lebabot" of Bahya ibn Pakuda, and especially his large Hebrew commentary to the whole Bible, evidence his great versatility in Talmudic and Midrashic literature.

Fürstenthal's main importance, however, lies in his activity as a national Hebrew poet. His poetic productions have a genuine classic ring, and are distinguished by elegance of diction, richness of thought, and true, unaffected national feeling. His power shows itself at its height in his "Song on Zion" ("Ha-Meassef," 1810, iv. 37), which is considered the best of his numerouspoems. In German, too, Fürstenthal has shown remarkable poetic talent in his rhythmical translations of various piyyutim, as, for example, his translation of the "pizmon" in the minhah prayer for the Day of Atonement.

Paragraph 2    Freuden-Stimme, oder Purim-Gebete, nebst dem Buche Esther. Angehaengt: Targum Scheni, uebersetzt von R[aphael] J[akob] Fuerstenthal. Dritte Auflage.

עמ' (תרגום גרמני של התרגום שני) נדפסו משמאל לימין. ההוצאה השניה (בה התרגום הוא באותיות גותיות): קרוטושין 1845. כאן נשמטו הפירושים של ר' אברהם אבן-עזרא ושל רפאל פירשטנטאל ("פתוחי חותם").

   CD-EPI 0201426; JE
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, German
Manuscript Type
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