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Lot #    21826
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 10:27:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kakh hi Darkah shel Torah
Title (Hebrew)    כך היא דרכה של תורה
Author    [Polemic] R. Moses ben Joel Waldberg
City    Jassy
Publisher    H. Goldner
Publication Date    1868
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 8, 50 ff., octavo, 175:115 mm.,wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Defense of traditional understanding of the positions of the amoraim (talmudic sages) and severe criticism of the work of Darkah shel Torah of R. Hirsch Mendel Pineles by R. Moses ben Joel Waldberg. The title page states that the purpose of Kakh hi Darkah shel Torah is to demonstrate the correctness of the sages, both in general and specifically, and to wage the war of the Lord against those who go exceed acceptable limits. What prompted R. Waldberg to compose Kakh hi Darkah shel Torah was the publication of Darkah shel Torah by R. Pineles (Vienna, 1861). In that work R. Pineles critically examined 178 sections of the Mishnah and its interpretation, followed by a treatise on the Hebrew calendar including tables. His stated aim was to justify the Oral Law and substantiate the words of the scribes where they deviate from the literal text. R. Pineles defended the Mishnah both against the authors of the Talmud, who, in his opinion, honored it but distorted its plain meaning, and against the detractors of the Talmud, who attempted to find defects in it and to devalue it. He also sought to explain a number of difficult passages in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. R. Pineles’ work is characterized by critical acumen and boldness. Believing that some explanations given by the later amoraim distorted the original Mishnah, he attempted to interpret a number of mishnayot in a new way.

R. Waldberg (1832-1900), born in Lvov and died in Vienna, was a leading banker in Bucharest. Ironically, he was also R. Pineles brother-in-law.

Paragraph 2    להראות צדקת חז"ל בכלל ובפרט וללחום מלחמת ה' נגד היוצא מן הכלל. ונספחו לזה בכמה מקומות מאמרים מורחבים בעומקה של ההלכה בשם עיון כללי ... מאתי משה וואלדבערג ... חלק ב.
   BE caph 192; EJ; JE; CD-EPI
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica