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Lot #    18634
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 10:53:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Meholat ha-Mahanayim
Title (Hebrew)    מחולת המחנים
Author    [Polemic - Anti-Reform]R. Israel David Schlesinger
City    Pressburg (Bratislava)
Publisher    M. Ellinger
Publication Date    1859
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 80, [3] ff., 178:116 mm., usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Meholat ha-Mahanayim, by R. Israel David ben Mordecai Margolies Schlesinger Jaffe (c. 1802–1864), is a defense of Orthodoxy. It is the first attempt in writing to explain the Orthodox position against reformed innovations such as relocating the bimah and other synagogue customs. Written in a clear and lucid style it was an infulential work.

R. Jaffe, a descendant of R. Mordecai Jaffe (Levush) and a student of the Hatam Sofer, was rabbi in Senice-Szenc in Slovakia, and after 1832, rabbi and av bet din of the Bazin-Pezinok community in the Bratislava (Pressburg) district. He was a leader in the fight against Reform and is the author of responsa.

Paragraph 2    מבאר ... מנהגי בתי כנסיות החדשים והישנים בענין העמדת הבימה והחופה וקריאה לס"ת [לספר תורה](מלבוש או ניגון) וכדומיהן. על כל מנהג ומנהג ... לקטתי אמרים ... מפי סופרים ומן הספרים (לחזק מנהגי ישראל) ...מחוברים מן ... ישראל דוד בן ... מו"ה מרדכי מרגליות יפה ז"ל הנקרא דוד סערעד ... העומד על המשמרת בק"ק פעזינג ...
   Vinograd, Pressburg 128; CD-EPI 0180836
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica