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Lot #    19651
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 11:42:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Reshima Sheelah
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed. - Women] R. Jacob Joseph b. Samuel Spira
City    London
Publisher    S. & B. Spira
Publication Date    1934
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 23, [8], 41 pp. octavo 216:144 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards.
   Two independent works published and bound together on the subject of Mikvaot and discourses by R. R. Jacob Joseph ben Samuel Spira. The first work is entitled Reshima Sheelah and deals with the issue of the permissible manner of building a mikveh; It also includes an admonition concerning respecting the honor of the gaon, av bet din of Tarnipol, author of the responsa Havazelet ha-Sharon. The title page informs that the author was a grandson of the Benei Yissachar of Dinov, descended from the Ropczycer, maggid of Kossnitz and from the Noam Elimelekh (R. Elimelech of Lyzhansk). There is an introduction, followed by the text in a text. It begins that the Haredim in London wanted to make a new mikveh in that city that would be completely kosher without any reservations, complying with all possible stringencies, avoiding possible problems found in other mikvaot in the city. There were those who wished to make the mikveh and the adjoining bor with rain water using a barzel-button and other enumerated details. R. Spira writes that when he saw the work he was unable to agree because although there were prominent contemporary rabbis who approved the use of cement in this manner, and he continues to explain his position. Reshima Sheelah is a scholarly exposition, encompassing the halakhot and responsa of numerous rabbis on the subject of mikvaot. The second part of the volume has its own title page and is called Maamar has-Shaar ve-ha-Tov. It is comprised of three discourses beginning with a lengthy essay Shabbat Teshuvah.

Reshima Sheelah is not recorded in the Bet Eked Sefarim and it appears that this is the only edition of the work.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
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First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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