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Lot #    16974
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:46:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Lekutei Torah
Title (Hebrew)    לקוטי תורה
Author    [Habad] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Vilna
Publisher    Widow & Brothers Romm
Publication Date    1904
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Two volumes, [2], 54; [1], 96; [2], 100; [1], 51 ff., 325:257, extra wide margins, usual age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth boards, rubbed, new spine.
   Commentary to Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim, and Shir ha-Shirim by R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad hasidism. He was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a hasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.
Paragraph 2    (נפדס פעם חמישית... נתוספו הרבה הגהות אשר היו מוכנות לדפוס ובשגגת המעתיקים נשמטו בדפוס הראשון ואחריו בכל הדפוסים... ההגהה רוב גדול הוא מגוף כתי"ק. ואשר אינו נמצא אצלנו גוף כתי"ק הגהנו מהרבה העתקות אשר נמצא אצלנו ואשר השגנו העתקות נאמנות שיכולים לסמוך עליהן)... [חלק] VI-III.

"לוח המפתחות" לויקרא-במדבר נחלק, וניתן לכל ספר בראשו. [2] עמ' שבסוף הספר - לוח התיקונים.

   CD-EPI 0181190; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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