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Lot #    16919
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:19:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Nahlat Yehudah
Title (Hebrew)    נחלת יהודה
Author    [Polemic]Solomon Judah Leib Rapoport (Rappaport)
City    Cracow
Publisher    Karl Budweiser
Publication Date    1868
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [2], III, [1], 26; [1], 242 pp., 204:123 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Anti-Hasidim polemic by Solomon Judah Leib Rapoport (Rappaport) (Shir; 1790–1867) was a rabbi and scholar, pioneer of Haskalah and Wissenschaft des Judentums. Born in Lemberg, Galicia, Rapoport, received a traditional education and became known for his brilliance as a Talmudist. After a period in business in Brody, he became rabbi of Tarnopol (1837), where he had to contend with the violent opposition of the Hasidim, whom he had attacked in a pamphlet (Ner Mitzvah, in: Nahalat Yehudah, 1868) in defense of Haskalah in 1815 (ref. introduction to She’erit Yehudah). Rapoport was appointed chief rabbi of Prague in 1840, successfully opposing the candidacy of R. Zevi Hirsch Chajes for the same position. After his youthful efforts at poetry and drama, including this paraphrase of Racine’s Esther, Rapoport turned to Jewish scholarship, publishing articles in Bikkurei ha-Ittim and Kerem Hemed. Dealing with biblical subjects, he considered the Book of Judges a composite work, certain Psalms to be post-Davidic, and some chapters in Isaiah as belonging to a later prophet. His real mark on Jewish scholarship was made in a series of bibliographical studies of the geonic leaders Rav Saadiah, Rav Hai, R. Hananel ben Hushi’el, R. Nissim ben Jacob, and R. Hefez ben Yazli’ah, and of R. Eleazar ha-Kallir and R. Nathan ben Jehiel of Rome, author of the Arukh (published in Bikkurei ha-Ittim, 1828–31; and also separately and posthumously under the title Yeri’ot Shelomo, 1904, repr. 1913 and 1960). These studies illuminated a relatively obscure period of Jewish history and paved the way for later research; moreover, they set a new standard of critical methodology to be applied to the history of rabbinics.
          
Paragraph 2    כתבי מדרש ומחקר אשר הותיר לברכה ... רבי שלמה יהודה הכהן רפאפורט זצ"ל אב"ד דק"ק פראג. יוצאים לאור ע"י בנו ... דוב הכהן רפאפורט. מחברת ראשונה נר מצוה ואור תורה (מוגה ... מאת אברהם כהן קאפלאן). שנת ב'ר'כ'ו'ת'

[1], 26 עמ': נר מצוה; דברי אברת אל איש צעיר ... וישם חלקו עם ... חסידים. נגד החסידים. עמ' [1], 242: אור תורה; בקורת על ספר "אורשריפט"להרב ... אברהם גייגער.

          
Reference
Description
   EJ; JE; Slouschz pp. 58-59; Waxman III p. 159; CD-EPI 0168259
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Polemics:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica