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Lot #    17351
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 12:12:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Me'or ha-Hashmal
Title (Hebrew)    מאור החשמל
Author    [First Ed.] R. Yidel Rosenberg
City    Montreal
Publisher    Rapid Printing Co.
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 16, [1] pp., 217:144 mm., usual age staining, wide crisp margins. A very good copy bound in the original title paste-down over boards, rubbed.
   Polemical responsa prohibiting the use of electricity on the Sabbath. R. Judah Yidel Rosenberg (1864-1936) was born in Poland. A Rabbi, prolific writer, and Torah scholar he served as rabbi of Tarlow, Lodz, and Warsaw where he was a Rabbinic Judge. In 1913 he immigrated to Canada, where he was active part in the Jewish community. At first he served as a rabbi in Toronto and, toward the end of his life, in Montreal. Initially, he published novellae and discussions on the Talmud, responsa, and halachic rulings of period interest. Through the years he authored a compilation and translation of the book of the Zohar, a work that has become a classic still in use today. He published books on medical remedies and Amulets. However it is his activities for the religious youth, by enriching the religious library with historical literature in Hebrew and Yiddish using simple vocabulary suitable for the youth that brought him fame. His most famous books are the ones with historical stories that he claimed to have discovered in ancient manuscripts in the old imperial library in Metz. Most of the books were published in Hebrew and Yiddish as well. Many doubt the validity of these manuscripts, many articles were written against these books, indeed, a whole book was published opposing the famous stories of the Maharal of Prague which he printed.
Paragraph 2    שאלה ותשובה על דבר האלעקטרין בשבת וביום טוב ואזהרה ... על דבר אפיית פת בשבת ואזהרה לשוחטי עופות על דבר מריטת הנוצות, מאתי יהודה יודל ראזענבערג ראב"ד לאגודת הקהלות אנשי ספרד דעיר מאנטרעאל מדינת קאנאדא ... לפנים רב בעיר פולין: טרלא, ווארשא, לאדז ואח"כ ... בעיר טאראנטא מדינת קאנאדא ... שנת "ת'ג'א'ל' מ'ה'ר'ה'"
   CD-EPI 0166986; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica