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Lot #    18367
Auction End Date    7/10/2007 10:21:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mekor ha-Berakhot
Title (Hebrew)    מקור הברכות
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Zev Yawitz
City    Berlin
Publisher    Zevi Hirsch Itzkowitski
Publication Date    1910
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. viii, [3], 97, [3] pp. octavo 220:140 mm., nice margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.
   Only edition of this work on the sources of the prayers, the dates of their compilation and composition by R. Zev Yawitz. Mekor ha-Berakhot is on all parts of the siddur and its development. There are Hebrew and German introductions, the latter printed at both ends of the book. In the introduction R. Yawitz that this book is only an entryway to knowledge of the Ashkenaz prayer book according to the Polish rite. In the future he hopes to bring out a larger more detailed work, Avodah she-be-Lev, although it would appear that only this work was published. Mekor ha-Berakhot addresses the words and sayings in a concise manner, contending that the entire siddur, from beginning to end, is not original but rather is a compendium of from the Bible or midrashim, as demonstrated in the book. R. Yawitz also addresses the intent of the siddur in arousing the heart in prayer and the importance of knowing the sources and purposes of blessings and prayers. It is based on the the Ashkenaz Polish rite because that is the most wide spread and, according to R. Yawitz, is more pure than the Sephardic rite.

R. Zev (Wolf) ben Sussman Yawitz (1747-1924) was born in Kolno, made aliyah to Erez Israel in 1927, and died in London.

Paragraph 2    התפלות, הקריאות וכל חלקי הסדור למיניהם ולתולדותיהם מראשית יסודתם עד אחרית תוצאותיהם, מאת זאב יעבץ ...
   BE men 3419; CD-EPI 0135987
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, some German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica