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Lot #    17225
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 11:17:39 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Noda bi-Yhudah, Vol. 1-2
Title (Hebrew)    נודע ביהודה - מהדורא תניינא
Author    [First Ed.] R. Ezekiel Landau
City    Prague
Publisher    Frantz Sommer
Publication Date    1810-11
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. Two volumes, 338:210 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, stamps, old hands. A very good copy bound in: Part I - not bound, Part II - modern boards.
   Important responsa frequently published with glosses and commentaries by some of the greatest rabbis of succeeding generations.

R. Ezekiel b. Judah Landau (1713–1793), halakhic authority of the 18th century, known as the Noda bi-Yhudah, after one of his works. Landau was born in Opatow, Poland, and received his talmudic education in Vladimir-Volinski and Brody. He was endowed with qualities which make him one of the most famous rabbis of the close of the classical Ashkenazi rabbinic era. He came from a wealthy and distinguished family tracing its descent back to Rashi. He had a commanding appearance and rare intellectual ability, was of strong character imbued with a love of truth and of his fellow men, and had considerable diplomatic skill. By nature he was an intellectual ascetic whose main interest lay in the study and teaching of Torah. In his time he was regarded as the prototype of the ideal Jew. At the age of 21 he was already dayyan of Brody, and at 30 rabbi of Yampol. From there he received a call in 1754 to become rabbi of Prague and the whole of Bohemia, one of the highest positions of that time. His famous proclamation of 1752, whose purpose was to put an end to the notorious Emden-Eybeschuetz controversy, which split the Jewish world into two, helped in no small measure in his obtaining this appointment. His tenure of the Prague rabbinate enabled Landau to give practical effect to his outstanding qualities. It afforded ample scope for his rabbinic and communal activity both in Prague itself and beyond. He acted as judge, teacher, and mentor of the community. In his capacity as rabbi of Bohemia, he represented the Jews before the Austrian government. In his great yeshivah, he taught hundreds of students, the cream of Jewish youth from Austria and surrounding countries.

Paragraph 2    מהדורא תניינא: ... התשובות שהשיב... מיום כלות הדפוס מנודע ביהודה חלק קמא... ואני שמואל... בנו... סדרתיו בסדר נכון... ועשיתי בו ציונים בהגהת... גם הצגתי קצת מתשובותי. כרך א: א"ח וי"ד. כרך ב: אה"ע וח"מ. דפוס Sommer Franz, בשנת גדול שמך ונודע ביהודה [תקע"א]. כרך א: 1811. [6], ב-קסא, קסג-קע דף. כרך ב: 1810. [1], קסט, קן-קנט, [1] דף. לכל כרך שער מיוחד. דף [6-4]: פתיחה "דברי ידידות" מאת ר' יעקבקא, מתושבי בראד, בנו הגדול של המחבר. "יושב ומספר קצת דרכי אביו". כרך ב, דף קנח,ב: התנצלות המגיה ר' מרדכי ב"ר בערמן יארמוט. דף קסד,ב-קנה,א: מפתח כולל ומראה מקום מש"ס ירושלמי ובבלי... הרמב"ם... טורים... ש"ע... נודע ביהודה מהדורא קמא, ספרי צל"ח, שהובאו בספר הזה. דף קנה: חידוש במסכת יבמות, מאת נכד המחבר, הבחור אפרים ב"ר אהרן בער וועלי. דף קנו-קנט: קונטרס חידושים מאת ר' משה ב"ר מאיר פישלס (פישר) ותשובה לדברים מאת ר' שמואל לאנדא. בדף האחרון: לוח הטעות.
   CD-EPI 0142092; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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