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Lot #    16990
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:54:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Toledot Adam
Title (Hebrew)    תולדת אדם
Author    [First Ed.] R. Ezekiel Feivel b. Ze'ev Wolf
City    Dyhernfurth
Publisher    Mai
Publication Date    1801
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 105 ff., 176:105 mm., nice margins, age and damp staining, old hands, stamps. A good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   R. Ezekiel Feivel b. Ze'ev Wolf of Vilna (1755–1833), Lithuanian preacher, known as the "maggid of Deretschin." R. Ezekiel was born in Planaga, Lithuania. In his youth he was appointed preacher in his native town and, subsequently, in Deretschin. At the age of 19 he was an itinerant preacher in the Jewish communities of Galicia, Hungary, and Germany (where he remained for some time in Breslau). In Vilna he made the acquaintance of R. Elijah b. Solomon (the Gaon of Vilna) and through him, of R. Solomon Zalman of Volozhin, brother of R. Hayyim b. Isaac of Volozhin. R. Solomon made a deep impression upon R. Ezekiel, who wrote his biography (Toledot Am, in 2 parts (Dyhernfurth, 1801–09); frequently reprinted). This contains details of R. Solomon's life and his teachings as well as stories current about him, and is a unique work for its period, reflecting the widening of the horizons of Hebrew literature in Lithuania at the end of the 18th century. R. Ezekiel sharply censures those rabbis who neglect study of the Scriptures as a result of their preoccupation with the Talmud and codes. In 1811 R. Ezekiel accepted an invitation to become the "maggid" (official preacher) of Vilna, a post in which he served until his death.

Other works by R. Ezekiel are Musar Haskel (Dyhernfurth, 1790), an exposition of Hilkhot De'ot and Teshuvah of Maimonides, a commentary Be'urei Maharif (i.e., Morenu ha-Rav Ezekiel Feivel) on the Midrash Rabbah to Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus, which was published in Vilna together with the text in 1878. A third volume of Toledot Adam remains unpublished.

Paragraph 2    בו יסופר תולדת ... מו"ה [שלמה] זלמן [ב"ר יצחק] זצ"ל מק"ק ווילנא ... כולל למודים ... חכמה ומוסר ... וגם בו ילקוטו ... חדושי תורה הנובעים מלב הגאון ... הנ"ל. ונלוו עליהם הערות ... המחבר והמסדר, יחזקאל פייוויל באמ"ו מו"ה זאב ז"ל מק"ק פלאנגי מ"צ ומ"מ דק"ק דרעטשין במדינת ליטא ... חלק [א].

[חלק א]: דפוס המשותפים רעכיל ובניה מיכאל שמעון, אהרן ויוסף מייא, תקס"א. [4], קה דף. ראינו טופס שני ובו שינויים בדף [1, ב] ובדף [4, ב] של חלק א. הסכמות: ר' דוב בער ב"ר יהודא ליב [טריוויש] אב"ד מזאגער, ר' נח ב"ר אברהם ליפשיץ, ר' ארי' ליב ב"ר דוב בער ור' צבי הירש ב"ר דוב בער, ווילנא, ראש-חודש אלול תקנ"ז; - [חלק א] שני בתי הדין בווילנא: ר' ישראל ב"ר מרדכי, ר' אלי' ב"ר מרדכי , ר' יצחק, ר' יונה, ר' משה זאב, ר' אהרן ב"ר שלמה , ר' שלמה, ר' צבי הירש ראפפורט, ר' ניסן ב"ר מנחם ור' שלמה צ"ה ב"ר צמח, כב אלול תקנ"ח. - [חלק א]

   CD-EPI 0135705; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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