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Lot #    21759
Auction End Date    10/7/2008 12:08:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    She'elot u-Teshuvot Maharsha
Title (Hebrew)    שו'ת מהרש'א
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Solomon Eliezer Alfandri
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Raphael Hayyim Ha-Kohen
Publication Date    1932
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 106 ff., 272:198 mm., nice margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, lacking spine.
   Responsa by R. Solomon Eliezer Alfandri, known as Mercado or Maharsha (Moreinu ha-Rav Shelomo Eliezer; 1826 or 1829–1930), rabbinic authority. Alfandari was born in Constantinople. When he was about 25, he headed the yeshivah founded by a certain Foa, a wealthy resident of Constantinople, and among his pupils were many who subsequently became important rabbis. At the age of 30, he was elected a member of the general religious council (Majlis) of Constantinople. During the sultanate of Abdul Hamid, Alfandari opposed the conscription of Jews into the Turkish army, on the grounds that such conscription constituted interference with their religious practice, in violation of an agreement made by the Spanish exiles with the Turkish authorities as a condition for their settling in Turkey in the late 15th century. The order of conscription was finally rescinded. Alfandari was later appointed chief rabbi of Damascus, and from 1904 to 1918 served as chief rabbi of Safed. In 1926 he settled in Jerusalem. Regarded as one of the great scholars of his time, Alfandari was accepted by both Sephardim and Ashkenazim and despite his exceptional firmness, his responsa and rulings were honored without demur. During the last years of his life, he was visited by Hayyim Eleazar Shapira, rabbi of the Munkacs Hasidim, who was deeply impressed by his personality. After his death, the Hasidim of Munkacs dedicated to his memory Masot Yerushalayim (1931), a hymn in his praise. Some of Alfandari's responsa were published in the periodical Torah mi-Ziyyon, in the Kanah Avraham of Abraham Hai Amozag, and in the works of his contemporaries. A few of his responsa were published by Isaac Nissim, under the title She'elot u-Teshuvot Maharsha (1932). His remaining works are still in manuscript.
Paragraph 2    חלק ראשון: מחלק התשובות השייכים לאו"ח ויו"ד אשר השיב ... מרנא ורבנא שלמה אליעזר אלפאנדרי זצוק"ל משבט יהודא ממשפחת בצלאל ... המגיה והמו"ל הק' יצחק נסים ס"ט, בהרה"צ מוה"ר רחמים זצ"ל ... שנת וכל האר'ץ מ'ב'ק'ש'י'ם' את פני שלמה ...

דף [2]: הקדמת המגיה והמו"ל: ר' יצחק נסים ב"ר רחמים.

   CD-EPI 0120719; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica