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Lot #    17049
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 12:24:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Toome Zebijah
Title (Hebrew)    תאמי צביה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Baruch Ettelsohn
City    Chicago
Publisher    Jewish Courier
Publication Date    1891
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 77 pp., 261:194 mm.,wide margins, usual age staining, some chipping, seals, loose in contemporary boards.
   R. Baruch Ettelsohn was born in 1806 in Sakiai, Lithuania, (t.p.) and was a rabbi. He later lived in Chicago and contributed to קרן אור. He died in 1891, leaving unpublished works in manuscript (p. [1]). The work was edited by his son N. B. Etelsohn who was born in Sakiai in 1828. "He had a sound Talmudic and Hebrew education, and he also possessed a great deal of general knowledge" (Gutstein, 381). He immigrated to America in 1851 and settled in Chicago a few years later. Ettelsohn opened a printing shop and became "the pioneer of both the Yiddish and Hebrew presses in Chicago" (Gutstein, 381). In 1877 he edited the first Yiddish periodical in the mid-west, Izraelitische Presse with a Hebrew supplement that contained polemics against R. Bernhard Felsenthal and his Reform practices. Ettelsohn, whose shop was a center for Chicago's Hebraists, died in 1922 (or 1920).

This commentary on various aggadot and Midrashim was authored by Baruch and, edited by Nachman. It was in press during the final days of Baruch's life, but the final product appeared posthumously. The publication costs were subsidized by Abraham Lieberman, one of "four men [who] may be given credit for having laid the foundation for the building of a social and communal life among Orthodox Jews in Chicago" (Bregstone, 9). Nachman hoped to publish more of his father's manuscripts (p. [1]), but none are recorded.

Paragraph 2    באור על איזה אגדות ומדרשים קשים ומתמיהים ... [מאת] ברוך בן ... ר' יונה ז"ל ... מעיר שאקי ...

הסכמות: ר' מתתיהו שטראשון, ווילנא; ר' שמואל יוסף פין, ווילנא; ר' מרדכי פלונגיאן, ווילנא; ר' צבי הכהן ראבינאוייץ, דינאבורג; ר' שמעון הלוי איש הורוויץ, לייפציג, א דברים תרל"ח (איגרת אל ר' רפאל נתן נטע ראבינאוויץ על המחבר).

   Goldman 694; CD-EPI 0108891
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica