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Lot #    21171
Auction End Date    8/12/2008 10:34:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sha’arei Simhah
Title (Hebrew)    שערי שמחה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Simhah Bunem Sofer
City    Vienna
Publisher    Offentl[iche] Rabbinatsschule Bratislava
Publication Date    1923
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], v, [1] 705 pp. octavo 225:145 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed and split.
   Only edition of this commentary on the weekly Torah readings together with discourses entitled Ohel Rahel by R. Simhah Bunem ben Abraham Samuel Benjamin Sofer, a scion of the prestigious rabbinic Sofer family. The book is in two parts, the first, with a two colored blue and orange title page, on the Pentateuch, dated “those who handle the marshal’s staff (shevet sofer)” (Judges 5:14); the second, Ohel Rahel, with it own monochrome title page but continued pagination, discourses on various subjects and a pesihah to benei yeshivah.

R. Simhah Bunem ben Abraham Samuel Benjamin Sofer (1842–1906), was a grandson of R. Moses Sofer (Hatam Sofer) and son and successor of R. Abraham Wolf (Ketav Sofer) as rabbi and rosh yeshivah of the important Pressburg yeshivah. In addition to maintaining the yeshivah he organized Orthodoxy Jewry and worked to accentuate the differences between it and other sectors of Hungarian Jewry. For this purpose, he strengthened relations with Hasidic rabbis in Hungary. He expressed his opposition to the Mizrachi conference which took place in Pressburg in 1904. His publications are: Shevet Sofer, responsa (1909) and novellae on talmudic tractates (1938–56) in addition to Sha'arei Simhah.

Paragraph 2    על חמשה חומשי תורה, ונלוה אליו ספר אהל רחל כולל דרושים ופתיחות לבני הישיבה. חברו... מה"ו שמחה בונם סופר זצוק"ל... הובא לדפוס ע"י בנו הק' עקיבא סופר אבדק"ק פ"ב [פרעסבורג, שהוסיף חידושים המפוזרים בתוך הספר]... שנת משכ'י'ם ב'ש'ב'ט' ס'ופ'ר'
   EJ; BE shin 2172; CD-EPI 0153712
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Bible:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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