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[Hasidim]R. Uri b. Phinehas (Ha-Saraf) of Strelisk
Almanah Shabbtai Kahn
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
18,  pp. octavo 205:146 mm., light age staining. A good copy bound as issued, rubbed.
Collected writings the noted Hasidic leader, R. Uri ben Phinehas (Ha-Saraf, 1757-1826) of Strelisk. Although a small work, it is considered one of the classics of hassidut. His ecstatic manner of praying brought him the name Ha-Saraf (the seraph). R. Uri was a disciple of R. Solomon of Karlin. Ha-Saraf was opposed to wonder-workers and required ethical perfection from his Hasidim. It was said of him that every day before saying his prayers he bade farewell to his wife and family for fear that he might die of ecstasy in the middle of his devotions. Once he said, "In the Torah there are 600,000 letters; and there 600,000 souls among the People of Israel; and just as the Torah scroll is unfit for use if one letter is missing, so the Shekhinah [Divine Presence] does not rest upon the people if one soul is missing from Israel." When he would complete his holiday prayers he would tell his community, “We have just completed, chetzyo lachem, (the physical half of the day). Now that we are going to eat our holiday meal we will fulfill the chetzyo lahashem, (the half of the day that must be given to God).” Ha-Saraf had a great impact upon Rabbi Sholom of Belz. His son, R. Solomon, died several months after his father's death and R. Uri ben Phinehas’s outstanding student, R. Judah Zevi of Stretyn, inherited Uri's post.
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