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Lot #    16794
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 10:16:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ateret Zevi
Title (Hebrew)    עטרת צבי
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Zevi Lass
City    New York
Publisher    A. H. Rosenberg
Publication Date    1902
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 8 pp., [1], 3-38 ff., title wrapper bound in, 252:184 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   R. Zevi b. Moses Lass (b. 1849), was born in Girkalnis, Kovno Province. He studied under his uncle before joining the Perushim of Eisiskes for three years. He then went to Vilna and was ordained by R. Isaac Elhanan Spektor and R. Isaac Harif of Slonim. He was appointed the rabbi of Jieznas in 5931 [1871]. Because his community could not support him financially, he immigrated to New York in 5644 [1884]. There he served as a preacher, he was known as the "Yezner Rav" and as a kashruth supervisor under the authority of Chief Rabbi Jacob Joseph for twelve years.

In a touching and bitter introduction R. Lass writes,"'Originally, [when I first came to New York,] ...I planned to publish [from my ms. the] section of responsa [on gittin called Geresh Yerahim] because there within are many important matters of practical halakhah. However, after my wheel [of fortune] turned I was left without any support and not one penny remained in my hands. I concluded that I should [instead] publish the section on aggadah and homiletics [i.e., Ateret Zevi]. It is my hope that this section will attract many of my brethren among the children of Israel in this land to support me and my household, and also so that I will be able to disseminate from my wellspring all my novel interpretations in halakhah, i.e., the book Geresh Yerahim." R. Lass published the section on aggadah first because "here interest in halakhah is in a low state."

Paragraph 2    כולל מאמרים ודרושים וביאורים באגדה... מאתי צבי בלא"א ה"ר משה לאס ז"ל, לפנים רב בעיר יעזנא וכעת דומ"צ בפה נויארק...
   CD-EPI 0142291; Goldman 716; Deinard 633
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica