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Lot #    21227
Auction End Date    8/12/2008 11:02:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mosdos Torah Shel ba’al Peh
Title (Hebrew)    מוסדות תורה שבעל-פה
Author    [Signed Copy] R. Hayyim ben Jacob Hirschensohn
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Hayyim Hirschensohn
Publication Date    1889
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [9], 38; [1], 102, [2] pp. octavo 190:120 mm., , usual age staining, stamps, old hands. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards.
Paragraph 1    Four line signed dedication by the Author on title.
   Only edition of this two part introductopry work to Talmud study by R. Hayyim ben Jacob Hirschensohn. The title page describers it as a path to learning, a preparation for learning Talmud to understand its concepts in a clear manner. Published with Mosdos Torah Shel ba’al Peh is Likuttei Torah, an accompanying and supplementary work. The first part of the work is on Talmudic concepts, the second part is text with explanations on the lower part of the page.

R. Hayyim ben Jacob Hirschensohn a member of a family of rabbis, who were among the first in the revival of settlement in Ereẓ Israel in the 19th century. R. Hirschensohn was born in Safed. In 1864 he went with his father to Jerusalem. In addition to studying Torah, he applied himself to secular studies, and as a result he too was persecuted by zealots. He also worked for Zionism; he supported Eliezer Ben-Yehuda in his effort to revive spoken Hebrew and was one of the founders of the Safah Berurah ("Plain Language") society in Jerusalem. From 1885 to 1889 he edited and published a monthly for Jewish scholarship entitled Ha-Misderonah. In 1892/93 he published in Jerusalem – together with his wife Eve and his brother Isaac – a Yiddish paper, Beit Ya'akov, as a supplement to the Ha-Ẓevi of Ben-Yehuda. In 1904 he went to the U.S., where he was appointed rabbi of the four communities of Hoboken, New Jersey, and died there. Ḥayyim wrote many books on Jewish subjects, including Ateret Ḥakhamim (1874), on the relationship between the views of scientists and those of the talmudic aggadists; Yamim mi-Kedem (1908), on biblical chronology; Malki ba-Kodesh (6 parts, 1919–28), on the laws which should govern a Jewish state according to the Torah. He was the father of Tamar, wife of David de Sola Pool, and Tehilla Lichtenstein head of the Jewish Science movement.

Paragraph 2    מסילה ללמוד הלכות, והכנה ללימוד התלמוד לידע כל מושגיו ... עם לקוטי התלמוד לפי סדר פרקי המוסדות. נערך עבור "ישיבות" "ובתי ת"ת" "ובתי ספר" ... מאתי חיים הירשענזאהן ...

הספירה השנייה, עם שער מיוחד: לקוטי התלמוד ... מאמרי התלמודים המכילים את כללי מוסדות תורה שבע"פ ... עם פי' רש"י על הבבלי, והוספת נופך משלי ... וביאור על הירושלמי ... ממני חיים הירשענזאהן ... עמ' ק-קב: הערות ר' עזריאל הילדסהיימער ותשובת המחבר. עמ' קב בסופו: "עוד כמה הערות יבאו אי"ה בכרך שני". כרך ב לא נדפס. יש טפסים חסרים עמ' [9-8] בראש הספר הכוללים "מכתבי תעודה". הסכמות: ר' עזריאל הילדיסהיימר, ברלין, כז סיון תרמ"ח; ר' יוסף דיסמה דינער, אמסטערדאם, א חיי שרה תרמ"ט.

   BE mem 918; EJ; CD-EPI 0127081
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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