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Lot #    16965
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:42:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ha-Shome'a Yizhak
Title (Hebrew)    השמע יצחק
Author    [First Ed. - Limited] Nehemiah Libowitz
City    New York
Publisher    The Author
Publication Date    1907
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 24; 72; 32; 56 pp., 234:144 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy loose in contemporary cloth boards. Limited to 100 copies.
Paragraph 1    Added t.p.: Ha-Shomea Yizchak; an anthology of wit, humor, anecdotes and curiosities, selected from talmudic, medieval and modern Jewish literature... with... notes by Nehemiah S. Libowitz...
   Samuel Nehemiah Libowitz (1862–1939), writer on Jewish subjects. Born in Kolno, Poland, he emigrated to America in 1881. He traded in precious stones and was so successful that he could afford to print over twenty books in limited editions. He corresponded with eminent Jewish scholars including Israel Davidson, to whom he wrote 107 letters, which he later published himself in 1933. His works include: Peni'el (1914), a collection from Jewish literature on the subject of death; Ha-Mavet be-Fanim Sohakot (1917); Sefer Sha'ashu'im (1927); and Ha-Shome'a Yizhak (1907), sharp-witted jokes and original interpretations of the rabbis and from the Middle Ages; Judah Aryeh Modena bi-Demuto ve-Zivyono (1896); Kitvei ha-Rav Yehudah Aryeh mi-Modena (1936); and Doresh Reshumot ha-Aggadah (1893, 1920, 1929), explanations of several aggadot of the Talmud. He also edited and published Ozar ha-Hokhmah ve-ha-Madda (1897), in collaboration with Jacob Reifmann, Moses Reicherson, Solomon Rabin, and others. In several of his works he violently polemized against such scholars as R. Isaac Hirsch Weiss, Ze'ev Schorr, Radkinson, Saul Tchernichowsky, and Joseph Klausner. He emigrated to Palestine in 1927, but his longing for his children took him back to America.
Paragraph 2    כולל מבחר החדוד וההתול בספרות התלמוד ובספרי בעלי האסופות הקדמונים והאחרונים, מסודרים לפי סדר הכתובים ופרשיותיהם, עם הערות, מאתי נחמיה שמואל ליבאוויטש... שלשה חלקים: תורה, נביאים, כתובים...

עם שער מיוחד לכל חלק. עמ' 56-53 (מן הספירה האחרונה): הערות רבי מאיר איש שלום. "... נדפס מאה אכסמפלרים". הסכמה: ר' משה גידעמאן, ווין, כג למב"י [ח אייר] תרס"ז.

   CD-EPI 0143954; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Parody:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica