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Lot #    16873
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 10:56:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Responsa
Title (Hebrew)    שו'ת מהר'י מטראני
Author    [The R. Zevi Hirsch Levin (Berlin) Copy]
City    Feurth
Publisher    Petchow
Publication Date    1768
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 110, 2-52 ff., 328:201 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, worming, old hands, bound in later boards.
   R. Zevi Hirsch Levin (Berlin) copy with his signature on title and f. 2 of second collattion. R. Levin was a German rabbi; born at Rzeszow, Galicia, in 1721; died at Berlin Aug. 26, 1800. His father (known also as Saul Levin) was rabbi at Amsterdam; and on his mother's side Hirschel was a nephew of Jacob Emden. Although he occupied himself also with secular sciences and philosophy, Levin paid special attention to Hebrew grammar and literature, and composed several Hebrew poems. Levin was a distinguished Talmudist, and in 1751, when he was only thirty years old, he threw himself into the struggle between Emden and Eybeschütz, naturally siding with the former. His epistles against Eybeschütz made such an impression that in 1756 he was elected chief rabbi of the London congregation of German and Polish Jews. In 1760 Jacob Kimhi having published at Altona a responsum in which he charged the London butchers ("shohetim") with negligence in regard to their duties, Levin warmly defended them. The wardens of his synagogue, however, refused him permission to make a public reply to Kimhi's charges; he therefore resigned in 1763, and accepted the rabbinate of Halberstadt. It would appear, from the letter in which the community of Halberstadt offered him the rabbinate, that Levin's resignation was occasioned by the neglect of Biblical and Talmudic studies by the Jews of London. He afterward became rabbi of Mannheim; and in 1772 he was appointed chief rabbi of Berlin.

R. Levin wrote: Epistles against Eybeschütz, printed by one of Emden's pupils, in the "Sefat Emet u-Leshon Zehorit," Altona, 1752; glosses on Pirke Abot, printed with Emden's commentary to Pirke Abot, Berlin, 1834; notes to the "Sefer Yukasin" and "Sefer ha-Hinnuk," some of which were published in Kobak's "Jeschurun." Some of his poetry was published in "Ha-Maggid" (xiv.) under the title "Nahalat Zevi." Finally, three manuscript volumes of his responsa are to be found in the library of the London Bet ha-Midrash, bearing the numbers 24 to 26. In London he was known as Hart Lyon.

Paragraph 2    ... ונתעוררו ר' איצק סאלצבורג נר"ו חתן... (ר' יוסף שט"ה [שטיינהארט]) אב"ד מפה [פיורדא] וה"ה ... ר' יאקב דערן בורג נרו מ"ץ בק"ק פלאס... להדפיס את שו"ת מהרי"ט ספר ראשון וספר שני וחדושי' הלכות פעם שנית... והוגה ... ע"י בקיאי' במלאכה זו... ספר א-ב.

ההקדמות שנדפסו בהוצאה הראשונה נשמטו. הסכמות: ר' יוסף משטיינהרט, פיורדא, ב מרחשון תקכ"ז; - ספר א ר' יושע העשיל לבוב, שוואבך, טו סיון תקכ"ז; - ספר א ר' נתנאל אשכנזי ווייל מפראג, קארלסרוא, ה כסליו תקכ"ז. - ספר א

ספר א: שנת ו'י'ו'ס'ף' ה'ו'א' ה'ש'ל'י'ט' [תקכ"ח]. [1], ר [צל: קי], ב-סה דף. ב-סה דף: "חידושי מהר"י טראני", שנדפסו בויניציאה ת"ה בשם "חדושי גמרא". ספר ב: על סדר ד' טורים... בפירדא... שנת והיא ת'צ'"ל'ח' [תקכ"ח]. [1], קמה, [2] דף.

   CD-EPI 0184376; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica