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Lot #    18354
Auction End Date    7/10/2007 10:14:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tiferet Yisrael
Title (Hebrew)    עטרת תפארת ישראל
Author    [Kabbalah - Hasidim] R. Israel Harif
City    Lublin
Publisher    Jacob Hirschenson &...
Publication Date    1875
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [8], 164, [1] pp., 265:190 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporay cloth boards.
   Homilies on the weekly Torah reading by the kabbalist R. Israel Harif of Satanov, an early talmid of the Ba’al Shem Tov. The title page informs that it was brought to press by R. Abraham Jacob [Friedman] ben Moses Shor and was edited by R. Joseph Shapira of Zolkiew. There are four pages of approbations from prominent rabbis followed by the text, which is in two columns in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words. The text has annotations at the bottom of the page. Foliation begins anew from Leviticus. Parashat תבא has a number of kabbalistic charts and diagrams. At the end of the volume is a long list of the subscribers to Tiferet Yisrael. This collection of kabbalistic homilies, delivered during the years 1747–80, is the only major work of R. Israel to appear in print.

R. Israel Harif of Satanov (d. 1781) was a noted homilist and kabbalist. He was famous among his contemporaries for his deep knowledge of both halakhah and Kabbalah. R. Israel was a member of the first group of Hasidim to follow R. Israel ben Eliezer Ba'al Shem Tov, founder of the movement. R. Israel wrote many works, some of which were lost and others accidentally burned. Another of R. Israel’s writings possessed by R. Abraham Yaffe, his grandson, was an interpretation of the Holy Name, a work often quoted in Tiferet Yisrael.

R. Israel was a traditional Lurianic kabbalist, whose concept of the world, redemption, and ethics were derived from the teachings of that school. His work lays great emphasis on the expectation of the redemption and gives several calculations when the Messiah will come and the process of redemption will begin; the latest date given is 1788. However, this messianic interest did not bring R. Israel into alliance with the followers of Shabbetai Zevi and Jacob Frank, his book rather containing clear polemical expressions opposing the Shabbatean movement. It is probable that Israel was closely connected with Ba'al Shem Tov, but there is no proof that his theology was influenced by the teachings of the new Hasidism.

Paragraph 2    ... הובא לביה"ד ע"י הר"ר משה שור נ"י מחאטין, הוגה... ע"י הרב... יוסף שפירא... וע"י... ר' ישכר אהרן מחאטין...

על-פי ווארשא תרל"א. ראינו טופס בו נוסף בראש הספר שער נוסף, ובסוף נוסף דף (בלתי ממוספר) ובו "התמצלות המלבה"ד הר"ר משה שור" על עיכוב ההדפסה, ובקשה שהמתחייבים לרכוש את הספר יקיימו התחייבותם. עם ההסכמות שבהוצאת תרל"א. נוספה ההסכמה של ר' אריה ליבוש נאטאנזאהן מן ההוצאה הראשונה.

   EJ; I. Tishby, in: Zion, 32 (1967), 10–15; G. Scholem, in: Tarbiz, 25 (1955/56), 432; B. Minz, in: Shivhei ha-Besht (1961), 39–45; CD-EPI 0139541
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19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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