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Lot #    16886
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:02:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Levush Mordekhai
Title (Hebrew)    לבוש מרדכי
Author    R. Moshe M. Epstein
City    New York
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Second edition. 99 ff., folio, 294:214 mm., usual age staining, wide margins. A good copy bound in contemporary boards.
   Novellae on Tractate Bava Kamma by R. Moshe Mordecai b. Moses Hayyim Epstein. R. Epstein was born in 1866 in Bakshty, Lithuania. He was recognized as the "Bakshter illuy" and was one of the leading students at the yeshiva in Volozhin. In 1891 he helped establish the colony of Hadera in the Land of Israel and a few years later he was appointed the dean of the yeshiva in Slobodka. In 1924 he transferred the student body to the branch in Hebron. Following Arab riots in 1929, he re-established the yeshiva in Jerusalem. "His method of studying Jewish law was to seek an understanding of the structure of individual laws as a means of comprehending the system of Talmudic law in general. To this end he made a special study of Maimonides, whose method of halakhic commentary he sought to elucidate. In his teaching, likewise, he stressed the understanding of the underlying principles of individual laws more than expertise in wider areas. R. Epstein visited America in 1924 and 1926 to raise funds for the Central Relief Committee and his yeshivah in Hebron. He passed on in 1933.

This volume of novellae on Tractate Bava Kamma of the Talmud is a stereotype of an earlier edition (Warsaw: Jacob Zevi Unterhendler, 5661 [1901]). A third edition is Jerusalem: Hasekhel, 5717 [1957]. For a responsum from Epstein's father, see pp. 167-78. Additional volumes of Epstein's novellae and responsa were published in Jerusalem under the same title: Bava Mezia (5689 [1929]); Zevahim and Menahot (1936); responsa (5706 [1946]); Gittin and Yevamot (5708 [1948]); Bava Batra (5617 [1957]); Shabbat, Ketubbot and Bava Kamma (5718.[1958]).

Paragraph 2    דפוס סטיריאוטיפי של הוצאת ווארשא תרס"א.
   CD-EPI 0111378, Goldman 659, Not in Deinard.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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