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Lot #    17003
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 12:01:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Torei Zahav
Title (Hebrew)    תורי זהב
Author    [Only Ed. - Agunah] R. Samuel Avigdor Abramson
City    [New York]
Publication Date    1926
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 13 pp., 47, 24, [1] ff., quarto, 241:175 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed. The imprint date is recorded based on the approbations.
   Part I deals with the laws of guests and guest relations. Part II contains responsa on contemporary issues with American themes (e.g., Sabbath desecration). In a discussion of agunot (abandoned wives) whose husbands fled to America, Abramson mentioned that it was not unusual for the truant husband to be arrested on an unrelated matter and then subsequently "four or five" women would come forward claiming to be his wife (p. 16).

R. Samuel Avigdor Abramson was born in Daugavpils, Latvia, in 5626 [1866]. He studied in yeshivot in Minsk and Volozhin and was ordained by R. Isaac Elhanan Spektor, R. David Greenberg and R. Benjamin Montikali. He became the rabbi of Dobele, Latvia, in 5663 [1903]. He immigrated to America one year later and served as a rabbi in Lowell and Lynn, both in Massachusetts. R. Abramson moved to New York in 1909 (p. 1) and became an itinerant preacher. He established a yeshivah in memory of R. Elijah Hayyim Maisel in 5672 [1912]. He immigrated to the Land of Israel in 5689 [1929]. R. Abramson desired to open a study hall there (p. 5). His son-in-law was a rabbi in Roxbury, MA.

Paragraph 2    ...הלכה, פלפול ודרוש על הלכות הכנסת אורחים ושו"ת ... ועוד ... ענינים ומאמרים ... ומשלים ... מאתי הק' שמואל אביגדור בהר"ר אבא אברמזאהן רב דדאבלין, קורלאנד אשר ברוסיא. וכעת משך היותי באמעריקא הייתי רב בעיר לאעל ובעיר לינן ... וזה ט'ו'ב' שנים אשר רב אנכי בעיר הבירה ניו יארק.
   CD-EPI 0107031; Goldman 685; Friedberg records 5684 [1924])
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
Other:    Women
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica