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Lot #    17060
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 12:29:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ha-Emet ha-Ivriya
Title (Hebrew)    האמת העבריה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Yehiel Judah Lewinson
City    Chicago
Publisher    N. B. Ettelsohn
Publication Date    1877
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 16 pp., 197:130 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy
   R. Yehiel Judah Lewinson, a native of Vilna, lived in Chicago by 1877, when he published his this work. He published אור חיי לבבות in New York in 1885. An opponent of pilpul, he argued that Midrashim should be understood according to peshat (plain, literal exegesis). Lewinson had one son, a doctor, who still lived in Russia as of 1885.

Lewinson published this work to demonstrate that statements by various individuals found in the Midrash and Talmud could be understood only within the context of what the individuals had said elsewhere (pp. 3-9). It also contains (pp. 10-5) annotations that Lewinson did not include in his חיי לבבות (Vienna: Bet Hamidrash, 1872), a critical study of R. Bahya ibn Paquda's Hovot ha-Levavot based on textual variants. Freimann, Mishkin (#1) and Rosenfeld (#1016) record this as the first work published in Chicago with Hebrew type.

Paragraph 2    תחבולות הערות ובאורים להבין אגדות רז"ל: כל מאמר על פי תעודותיו, של בעל המאמר... גם יובאו פה הערות ותקונים בספר חובות הלבבות [לר' בחיי אבן-בקודה] מאשר לא נדפסו עוד בספרי "חיי לבבות"... מאתי יחיאל יהודה בלא"א... ר' יוסף משה זצ"ל: לעווינזאהן מווילנא...

הספר העברי הראשון שנדפס בשיקאגו. עיין: לאה מישקין, דפוסי שיקאגו בעברית וביידיש-פנקס שיקאגו, שיקאגו תשי"ב, עמ' עט.

   CD-EPI 0143218; Goldman 689; Singerman 4101
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica