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Lot #    21658
Auction End Date    10/7/2008 11:18:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Parody Menu for Seudah in honor of Ahad ha-Am
Title (Hebrew)    ' '
Author    [Ahad ha-Am - Unrecorded]
City    London
Publication Date    1917
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3] pp. octavo 185:125 mm., light age staining. Not in CD-EPI.
   Parody written in the form of a menu on honor of Asher Hirsch Ginsberg (18561927) known as Ahad ha-Am. Written in Aramaic to give it the patina of a rabbinic dinner honoring a religious notable, the front page (title) states that it is a dinner in honor of Maran Ahad ha-Am. The facing pages of the text are comprised, on one side, of seemingly appropriate Talmudic and Talmudic style statements for such an occasion and on the facing page the menu. The menu lists entrees in Hebrew, English, (or French), and Hebrew (Aramaic) comments, including the schedule, for example, it says that some people are accustomed to take a plate of soup essence called (yuk) and in Loaz Bouillon, in remembrance of Ozar le-Yehudim. Perhaps, and this is a suggestion only, the author was Ahad ha-Am himself, his outlook and background making such a work possible.

Ahad ha-Am (Asher Hirsch Ginsberg, 18561927) was a Hebrew essayist, thinker, and leader of Ḥibbat Zion movement. Ahad ha-Am was born in Skvira, Kiev Province in Russia. He received a traditional Jewish education in the home of his father, a Ḥasid who was a wealthy village merchant. He studied Talmud and medieval philosophy with a private teacher, and was deeply influenced by Maimonides' Guide to the Perplexed. He read the literature of the Haskalah, and studied Russian, German, French, English, and Latin independently. After his marriage in 1873, he continued his studies, particularly philosophy and science, at home. He tried several times to enter a university, but family obligations and his unwillingness to meet certain formal requirements disrupted his academic plans and he remained self-taught. As a result of powerful rationalist tendencies he first gave up Ḥasidism and then abandoned all religious faith. Ahad ha-Ams works not only influenced his disciples and admirers, but also prompted debates and criticism which fertilized modern Jewish thought to the extent that every stream in Zionism has been influenced by the challenge of his writings. After the establishment of the State of Israel, his doctrines, both political and theoretical, were submitted to renewed criticism, but his essays are still studied and are an influential factor in Jewish thought both in the Diaspora and Israel. One of the most influential authors and thinkers of his generation, his articles and essays constitute one of the major achievements of modern Hebrew literature.

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