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Lot #    17127
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 1:03:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Derekh Yamah
Title (Hebrew)    -
Author    [Only Ed. - Polemic] R. Saul Brach
City    Vranov Nad Toplou
Publisher    Samuel Singer
Publication Date    1936
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 11, [1], 152 pp., 221:148 mm., nice margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Homilies by R. Jacon Meir Dov b. Zevi Friedlander (c. 1790-1847) followed by anti-Zionist polemical homilies by his grandson, R. Saul Brach of Nitra. The title page has a decorative frame and describes R. Brach as av bet din in and prior to that av bet din in Magendorf. It also lists several of the other books that he wrote. R. Saul Brach (18651940) was rabbi in Slovakia. He served as rabbi in the Hungarian communities of Nagykaroly and Dunaszerdahely, and, finally, in Kosice, Czechoslovakia. His Avot al Banim (1926) is prefaced by a violent attack on the Zionist movement (the Mizrachi and Agudat Israel included). Here he states that believers in the law of Moses should keep their distance from Zionists and Mizrachist homes and avoid eating and drinking with them as they would with gentiles. Further, they ought to be excluded from the community (p. 27). Although he fully appreciated the Hebrew language, he opposed its secular use (p. 23). In his opinion the Balfour Declaration was in the interest of the gentile world, its purpose being to rid the nations of the world of the Jews. In addition to Bi-Heyot ha-Boker R. Brach was the author of many works, among them: Mishmeret Elazar 1897 and subsequent parts, on the festivals and "the excellence of the Holy Land"; Libba Baei (1911), novellae on talmudic themes; Sha'ol Shaal (1911), on Yoreh De'ah; and Le-Olam ha-Ba (1938), on Avot; and a series of works on the festivals and the month of Elul.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Homiletics:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica