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Lot #    22017
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 12:02:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Siddur with ve-Yetar Yitzhak
Title (Hebrew)    תפלת ישראל עם ויעתר יצחק
Author    [Unrecorded] Isaac Halevi Satanov
City    Vienna
Publisher    Georg Holzinger
Publication Date    1814
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   472, 87 pp. octavo 180:108 mm., light age and use staining, crisp sheets. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, split. Siddur is unrecorded.
   Comprehensive prayer with for the entire year with glosses accompanied by the commentary ve-Yetar Yitzhak by Isaac ben Moses Halevi Satanov (Satanow). The first part of the book is the siddur, followed, with its own title page, by ve-Yetar Yitzhak, which is on the prayer-book and birkhat ha-nehnim.

Isaac ben Moses Halevi Satanov (1733-1805) was a scholar and poet. In early manhood he left his native country and went to the Prussian capital in search of learning. There he became the protégé of Isaac Daniel and David Friedländer, who procured for him employment as a teacher in some prominent families. Satanow represents a peculiar type. Like Byron, he was, both physically and mentally, a conglomeration of contrasts. He dressed in the garb of the Polish Jew of the period, yet was a thorough German in his actions and habits. Though Orthodox in his beliefs, he nevertheless favored Reform in practise. He was one of the greatest authorities on Jewish tradition and lore, yet he was one of the most free-thinking of philosophers. He was a shrewd physicist and an inspired poet; a realist and an idealist. While writing his "Mishle Asaf," a work in which the noblest thoughts are expressed in the choicest diction, he did not disdain at the same time to write a treatise on how to drill holes through three hundred pearls in one day and how to mix successfully different kinds of liquors. Even in the most earnest and solemn of his writings there can always be detected an undercurrent of the most playful humor.

In his "Mishle Asaf" he so blended the quaintly antique style of the Bible with modern fine writing that the critics of his time were at a loss how to characterize the work. Some were inclined to revere it as a relic of antiquity, while others attacked the author as a literary charlatan who desired to palm off his own work as a production of the ancient writers. Rabbi Joseph of Frankfort gives a very clever criticism of his work. He says: "I do not really know to whom to ascribe these sayings [of the "Mishle Asaf"]; it may be the publisher himself has composed them; for I know him to be a plagiarist. He, however, differs from the rest of that class in this respect, that they plagiarize the works of others and pass them for their own, while he plagiarizes his own works and passes them for those of others." Satanow as a poet belongs to two distinctly different schools. In his earlier works he followed the theory of the old school, which considered plays on words, great flourish of diction, and variegated expressions as the essential requirements of good poetry; but in his later works he used the simple, forcible style of the Biblical writers, and he may be justly styled "the restorer of Biblical poetry." It is sufficient to compare his "Eder ha-Yeḳar" and "Sefer ha-Ḥizzayon" with his "Mishle Asaf" to see at a glance the difference in style. Among Satanow's most important works are the following: (1) "Sifte Renanot," a brief exposition of Hebrew grammar (Berlin, 1773). (2) "Sefer ha-Ḥizzayon" (ib. 1775 [?]), in eight parts: part i., a treatise on criticism and knowledge; ii., on poetry; iii., a collection of proverbs; iv., treatises on different scientific topics: a discussion about the visual and auditory senses, from which he makes a digression, and discusses the inhabitants of the moon; v., discussions on esthetic problems, as love, friendship, justice, etc.; vi., a picturesque description of the universe; viii., discussions on various topics. The whole work is written in a highly ornate style; it does not bear the author's name; but a few hints in some of the poems leave no doubt as to who he was. (3) "Imre Binah" (ib. 1784). (4) "Seliḥot," a newly arranged edition (ib. 1785). (5) "Sefer ha-Shorashim," in three parts, a treatise on Hebrew roots (ib. 1787). (6) "Mishle Asaf," a collection of gnomes, modeled after the Book of Proverbs (ib. 1788-91). (7) "Moreh Nebukim," text together with commentary (ib. 1791-96). (8) "Zemirot Asaf," with the commentary of Samuel ben Meïr (ib. 1793). This was the first attempt of the Slavonic school to build up a national lyric poetry, although the psalms have the form rather of philosophic reflections than of lyric expression. No references to national history or national lore, and no expressions of patriotism, are to be found in them. They form a simple doxology, and reflect a rational view of nature as opposed to mysticism. (9) "Pirḳe Shirah," on the natural sciences.

Paragraph 2    פסקי ההגהות על סדר התפלה [ופרקי אבות] ועל כל ברכות הנהנים. אשר... הוברר מארבעה מיטיבי צעד בדיקדוק לה"ק [לשון הקודש], ה"ה הרב... יעב"ץ [יעקב ישראל בן צבי עמדן] בספר לוח ארש [אלטונא תקכ"ט]... מהו' שלמה זלמן [הענא] בס' שערי תפלה [יעסניץ תפ"ה]... מהו' יצחק לבית לוי [סאטאנוב] בס' אגרת בית תפלה [ברלין תקל"ג] והרב... מרדכי דיסלדארף [האלברשטאט] בסדר תפלה שלו [פראג תקמ"ד]...

המחבר הוא יצחק סאטאנוב. נדפס פעם ראשונה כנספח לסידור התפלה "סידור ויעתר יצחק", שערך סאטאנוב, ברלין תקמ"ה. עיין: המאסף, שנה ב, תקמ"ה, עמ' קט; קהלת משה, עמ' 395, מס' 3320. עמ' עט-פז: עמק הברכה... הלכות פסוקות... בברכת הנהנין.

   JE; CD-EPI 0152965 (part II only)
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Liturgy:    Checked
Blue Paper:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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