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Lot #    16972
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:45:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Keter Shem Tov
Title (Hebrew)    כתר שם טוב
Author    [Hasidim - Kabbalah] Ba’al Shem Tov
City    [Lvov (Lemberg)] ?
Publication Date    [1840]?
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   50 ff., 202:118 mm., light age staining. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Important collection of tales and stories of the marvelous deeds of the Ba’al Shem Tov, as well as his recorded sayings, assembled from the works of his talmidim. Keter Shem Tov was prepared by R. Aharon ben Zevi ha-Kohen of Apta. The title page notes that much of the contents are from the books of R. Jacob Joseph ben Zevi Ha-Kohen Katz Of Polonnoye (d.c. 1782), the Ba’al Shem Tov’s leading disciple. Those works are Toledot Ya’akov Yosef, Ben Porat Yosef, and Zafenat Pa’ne’ah. Keter Shem Tov was brought to press by R. Zevi Hirsch ben Moses Lindenbaum, who writes that although Keter Shem Tov has often been printed many of the printers of the early editions of this holy work omitted material. This edition, in contrast, is complete. Keter Shem Tov is in two parts, each with its own title page. The first part has an approbation from R. Menahem Mendel of Liska, R. Solomon of Karlin, and R. Abraham Moses of Prosvarsk. Below is the testament of the Ba’al Shem Tov. The text follows in two columns in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words. The title page and arrangement of the text of part two are like that of part one.
Paragraph 2    והם כל דברי קדשו של... ר' ישראל בעש"ט זלה"ה אשר הובאו ביתה יוסף, שהם ספרי... תלמידו... ר' יעקב יוסף זלה"ה אב"ד דק"ק פולאני, ה"ה ספר בן פור' יוסף [קארעץ תקמ"א] וס' תולדות יעקב יוסף [שם תק"ם] וס' צפנת פענח [שם תקמ"ב]... לקטתי אני... אהרן במוהר"ר צ"ה [צבי הירש] כהן מק"ק אפטא... וגם קיצור הדרושים של הרב... יעקב יוסף... השייך לדברי... בעש"ט... וגם לקטתי דברי... הבעש"ט... מן ספרי לקוטי אמרים ויקרים שנדפסו [מגיד דבריו ליעקב והוא לקוטי אמרים, לר' דוב בער ממעזריטש, קארעץ תקמ"א; לקוטי יקרים, לבוב תקנ"ב]... חלק [א]-ב.

דף כה ואילך: חלק שני.

   BE caph 775; CD-EPI 0139448 (based on copy in British Museum)
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica