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Lot #    21992
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 11:49:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Meir Eisenshtadter (Maharam Esh)
Title (Hebrew)    ' (' ')
Author    [Ms. - Community]
City    Baja, Balassagyarmat
Publication Date    1810
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   122:212 mm., light age staining, signed and dated.
          
Detailed
Description
   Document endorsed by R. Meir b. Judah Leib Eisenshtadter (Maharam Esh; 1786-1852), rabbi, author, and liturgical poet (paytan). R. Eisenstadter was born in Schossberg (Sastin, Sasvar), but in his youth moved to Eisenstadt, from which he took his name. He was also known as "Maharam Esh" (Hebrew acronym for Morenu ha-Rav Meir Eisenshtadt - "our teacher, the rabbi Eisenstadter"). He studied under R. Moses Sofer and married the daughter of R. David Deutsch, the rabbi of Nove Mesto in Slovakia, where Maharam Esh was appointed head of the yeshivah. After serving as rabbi in Baja, Balassagyarmat (18151835), he was appointed rabbi of Ungvar in 1835 and was regarded, together with R. Moses Schick, as the leading rabbi of Hungary. In Ungvar, too, he headed a large yeshivah and many of the future rabbis of Hungary were his pupils. He took an active part in the communal life of Hungarian Jewry and exercised a profound influence on the course it was to take. He vehemently opposed the progressives who desired to introduce religious changes and reforms.

Maharam Esh was the author of Imrei Esh, responsa in two parts (185264); Imrei Yosher, sermons (Ungvar, 1864); Imrei Binah, novellae on a number of tractates (1866), and, with the same title, his novellae and those of his son on the laws of shehitah, appended to R. A. Z. Schorr's Simlah Hadashah (1927); Imrei Esh, in two parts, expositions of the Pentateuch with the novellae of his father-in-law and his son (1901); and Zikhron Yehudah, containing his testament and novellae (1900). The greatest rabbis of Hungary and Galicia including R. Solomon Kluger of Brod, R. Hayyim Halberstam of Neu-Sandec (Nowy Sacz), and R. Simon Sofer of Cracow addressed problems to him.

          
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Hungary
  
Subject
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
Other:    Document
  
Kind of Judaica