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Lot #    16857
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 10:48:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Torat Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    תורת חיים
Author    [Habad - First Ed.] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Warsaw
Publisher    Nathan Schriftgisser
Publication Date    1866
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of Part II, second edition of Part I. [2], 141; [1], 105 ff., 265:210 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern full cloth boards.
   Hasidic commentary on Genesis by R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism. He was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about Hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the Hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a hasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.
Paragraph 2    עתה פעם שני' לביה"ד ע"פ פקודת... מוה' מנחם נחום [שניאורי] נ"י בן... מרנא דובער ... חלק א-ב.

חלק א: (בראשית - חיי שרה). [2], קמא דף. חלק א: שני שערים. הראשון מקוצר, ובו נדפסו שם הספר ומקום הדפוס בדיו אדומה. חלק א:על-פי קאפוסט תקפ"ו, הטופס הבלתי מצונזר, בתוספת הקדמת ר' מנחם נחום, מעבר לשער השני. חלק ב: (תולדות - ויחי) אשר עד הנה הי' בכתובים. [1], קח דף. חלק ב: מעבר לשער: יען כי הכתבי[ם] נדפסו מהעתקות שונות... יתכן שימצא באיזהו מקומות שהלשון צריך תיקון מעט... ע"כ בהרבה מקומות... הקפתי אותם בחצאי לבנה מרובעים.

   CD-EPI 0181084; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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