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Lot #    15777
Auction End Date    9/5/2006 1:28:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hiddushei ha-Rav Hayyim Hirschenson, Part I
Title (Hebrew)    ספר מוצל מאש המלחמה העולמית, הוא חידושי הרח'ה
Author    [Only Ed. - Authographged] R. Hayyim Hirschensohn
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Defus ha-Ivri
Publication Date    1914-24
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 104, [1] ff., 264:187 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth boards. Inscribed by author on fly.
   Novellae on tractate Horayot from R. Hayyim Hirschensohn. The title page has a decorative frame and states that it was “plucked out of the fire” (Zechariah 3:2) of the World War. The noveallae are on tractate Horayot of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud. The text is well explained and especially useful for a Talmudic scholar engaged in learning on the first chapter of the tractate. This is the first part on the Babylonian Talmud on gemarah, Perush Rashi, and Tosafot and Torat ha-Rishonim. R. Hirschensohn is identified as Rav דהובאקען ומערה יוניאן הילל יהסביבה. The verso of the title page is a memorial page with the names of three deceased. It is followed by R. Hirschenson’s introduction and then the text, which is in two columns in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words, which are in square letters, concluding with errata. The text covers 2a through 14a of Horayot. A detailed, scholarly, and comprehensive work on tractate Horayot. Part two was printed separately two years later.

R. Hayyim ben Jacob Hirschenson was born in Safed. In 1864 he went with his father to Jerusalem. In addition to studying Torah, he applied himself to secular studies, and as a result he too was persecuted by zealots. He also worked for Zionism; he supported Eliezer Ben-Yehuda in his effort to revive spoken Hebrew and was one of the founders of the Safah Berurah (Plain Language) society in Jerusalem. From 1885 to 1889 he edited and published a monthly for Jewish scholarship entitled Ha-Misderonah. In 1892/93 he published in Jerusalem - together with his wife Eve and his brother Isaac - a Yiddish paper, Beit Ya'akov, as a supplement to the Ha-Zevi of Ben-Yehuda. In 1904 he went to the U.S., where he was appointed rabbi of the four communities of Hoboken, New Jersey, and died there. R. Hirschenson wrote, in addition to these Hiddushim, many books on Jewish subjects, including: Ateret Hakhamim (1874), on the relationship between the views of scientists and those of the talmudic aggadists; Yamim mi-Kedem (1908), on biblical chronology; Malki ba-Kodesh (6 parts, 1919–28), on the laws which should govern a Jewish state according to the Torah. He was the father of Tamar, wife of David de Sol.

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   American Jewish Biography I 272; BE het 187; EJ; CD-EPI 0127078; Deinard p. 149
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Language:    Hebrew
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