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Lot #    21824
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 10:26:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Matteh Aharon
Title (Hebrew)    מטה אהרן
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Aaron Ben Nathan Lewin of Rzeszow
City    Podgorze
Publisher    Joseph Plesner
Publication Date    1905
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 101 pp. octavo 220:140 mm., wide margins, light age staining, library stamps. A very good copy bound in later boards.
   Only edition of these two discourses on halakhah and aggadah by R. Aaron Ben Nathan Lewin of Rzeszow. The first discourse was given when he accepted the position of av bet din, the second is on the life of the Avot and their descendants in Erez Israel.

R. Aaron Ben Nathan Lewin Of Rzeszow (1879–1941), rabbi, author, and communal worker. When he was 15 years old, his talmudic novellae were published and, when he was 19, his sermons in Davar be-Itto (1899). At the age of 24, he was elected rabbi of Sambor. He subsequently refused invitations from several other communities. Accorded the title of Kaiserlicher Rat (crown councillor), he was able to render many services to the refugees of World War I who streamed into Vienna. In 1922 he was elected to the Polish Sejm as representative of the "Jewish bloc" and was a member of its cultural commission. An outstanding speaker, he captivated his audience with his brilliant style. He was one of the leaders of Agudat Israel, and delivered the opening addresses at its conventions in 1929 and 1937. In 1926 he was elected rabbi of Rzeszow, succeeding his father. In 1931 he was again elected to the Polish Sejm, but in 1935, because of government pressure, he failed to obtain reelection. Lewin participated in every sphere of communal activity in Poland. When the Germans invaded Poland in World War II, he fled to Lemberg and then to Radzyn. He returned to Lemberg, where he was arrested by the Nazis and murdered. As well as his numerous communal activities, he was a prolific writer. In addition to Davar be-Itto, he published Birkat Aharon, on tractate Berakhot (1903); Ha-Derash ve-ha-Iyyun on Genesis (1927); on Exodus (1931); on Leviticus (1937); on Numbers (1939); responsa Avnei Hefez (1934); and "Speeches in the Sejm" in Polish (1926). The second volume of Avnei Hefez as well as Ha-Derash ve-ha-Iyyun on the end of Numbers and on Deuteronomy were lost in the Holocaust.

Paragraph 2    חוברת ראשונה, בה נקבצו ובאו שני מאמרים בהלכה ואגדה אשר הכינותי... אהרן לעווין אבד"ק סאמבור...

מאמר ראשון: דרשת הכניסה (אשר נשאתי... בבואי הנה... לשרת... במשמרת רב ואב"ד). מאמר שני: מצוקי ארץ, בו נכבדות מדובר על חיי האבות ותולדותיהם.

   BE mem 1491; EJ; CD-EPI 0142928
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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