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Lot #    16814
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 10:26:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Marbeh Tevunah
Title (Hebrew)    מרבה תבונה
Author    [First Ed.] R. Joshua Isaac Shapira (Eizel Harif)
City    Vilna
Publisher    Fine, et. al.
Publication Date    1872
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 174 pp., 195:160 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   R. Joshua Isaac b. Jehiel Shapira (Eizel Harif; d. 1873), rabbi and talmudist. Known as Eizel Harif ("sharp") because he was one of the keenest intellects and most outstanding pilpulists of his day, he was av bet din successively at Kalvarija, Kutno, Tiktin, and, finally, Slonim.

R. Shapira was the author of (1) Emek Yehoshua (1942), in two parts: part 1-24 responsa on the Shulhan Arukh; part 2-16 occasional homilies; (2) Nahalat Yehoshu'a (1851), in two parts: part 1-responsa on several halakhot and various subjects in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds; part 2-Sabbath and festival homilies, and, at the end, a eulogy on his father; (3) No'am Yerushalmi, commentary and glosses on the Jerusalem Talmud-on Zera'im (1863), Mo'ed (1866), Nashim (1868), Nezikin (1869); (4) Ibbei ha-Nahal (1855?), homilies; (5) Sefat ha-Nahal (1859), homilies and comments on aggadot in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds; (6) Azat Yehoshu'a (1868), commentary on the questions asked by the "sages of Athens" (Bek. 8b); (7) Marbeh Ezah (1870), commentary on the aggadic statements of Rabbah bar Hana; (8) Marbeh Tevunah (1872), on the basic principles of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. Shapira was one of the few scholars in his generation who attached as much value to the Jerusalem Talmud as to the Babylonian, a fact amply reflected in his commentaries.

Paragraph 2    והוא בעניני תוכחת מוסר ... בנוים על עיקרי יסודי הש"ס בבלי וירושלמי (עוד ביארתי בארוכה שלישים ... בירושלמי >פ"ה דיומא< הגריל ג זוגות כו' ... שיטת הש"ס דילן והירושלמי, וקראתי שמו עבודת היום [עמ' 174-142]), אשר חברתי ... יהושע אייזיק בא"א ... ר' יחיאל זצ"ל החונה בק"ק סלאנימא ... דפוס שמואל יוסף פין וא"צ [אברהם צבי] ראזענקראנץ ומ"מ [מנחם מנדל] שריפטזעטצר,
   CD-EPI 0171370; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica