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Lot #    17388
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 12:31:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Miktavim min ha-Ba’al Shem Tov ve-Talmedov
Title (Hebrew)    מכתבים מהבעל שם טוב ותלמידיו
Author    [Hasidim] R. Israel ben Eliezer (Ba’al Shem Tov)
City    Lvov
Publisher    David Frankel
Publication Date    1923
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 13, [1] pp. octavo 212:135 mm., usual age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards.
   Previously unpublished collection of letters from R. Israel ben Eliezer (Ba’al Shem Tov), founder of the Hasidic movement. The title page states that these letters have never before been published and that they were previously held in private collections. It furter informs that the letters from the Ba’al Shem Tov were transcribed. letter by letter signed by his holy hand from the collection of the admor of Hussitin, and that a copy printed at the end of the book Porat Yosef was incomplete, lacking important material due to the censor. It is here printed in its totality. The letters from the Ba’al Shem Tov’s talmididm were never printed previously and were also inthe collections of admorim. There is a letter from R. Israel ben Mordecai Feibushe, admor of Hussitin, and then the letters. min ha-Ba’al Shem Tov ve-Talmedov is comprised of nine letters of various length, from such important early Hassidic leaders as R. Hayyim ben Solomon of Horedenka to his brother R. Moses of Kitov; R. Ephraim of Sodilikov (Degel Ephraim); R. Abraham Joshua Heschel of Apt; and others. This volume should not be confused with a similar work, with the same title, also printed in 1923, in Warsaw.
Paragraph 2    נעתקו מתוך כ"י עם הערות ע"י ירחם מאיר ליינער.

עשרים וחמשה מכתבים. כולם חתומים ע"י ר' ישראל בעל שם טוב ואין בהם מכתבים מתלמידיו. במעטפת: "המכתבים מהבעש"ט ותלמידיו ספר שני... יצאו... בקרוב". לא ידוע אם יצא. חלק מהמכתבים מקורם ב"גניזה" בחרסון וחשודים כמזויפים. עיין: ש. דובנוב, אגרות בעש"ט ותלמידיו אמת או זיוף?, קרית ספר, ב, תרפ"ה-תרפ"ו, עמ' 211-204 (דובנוב מזכיר מקצת המכתבים הנדפסים כאן). אודות האוטנטיות של המכתבים ש"נתגלו" בחרסון, עיין: מ' רוסמן, הבעש"ט מחדש החסידות, ירושלים 1999, עמ' 1631 (סיכום הנימוקים שנאמרו בפרשה זו).

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica