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Lot #    24715
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 11:28:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Responsa Zafenat Pa'ne'ah, Part I
Title (Hebrew)    שו'ת צפנת פענח חלק א
Author    [First Ed.] R. Joseph Rozin, The Rogachover
City    Daugavpils (Dvinsk)
Publisher    Sp. M. Klumela
Publication Date    1940
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. 100 pp., 338:243 mm., usual light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy loose in the original boards, rubbed and split.
          
Paragraph 1    The Holocaust interrupted further printing.
          
Detailed
Description
   Responsa by R. Joseph Rozin (1858–1936), Polish talmudic genius, called "the Rogachover" after his birthplace (Rogachov). His erudition and profundity were phenomenal. It is said that when he was eight years old, the local scholars felt incompetent to teach him, for he knew the whole of the talmudic order of Nezikin with its commentaries. When he was 13, his father took him to Slutsk where R. J. B. Soloveichik taught him together with his own son R. Hayyim. From there he went to Shklov, where he frequented the court of the hasidic rabbi of Kapost, of the Habad sect. He spent the next eight years studying in Warsaw. In 1889 he was appointed rabbi of the hasidic community of Dvinsk. During World War I, as the German army drew near, he fled to St. Petersburg [later Leningrad], where he remained as rabbi of the hasidic community for ten years, thereafter returning to Dvinsk.

A man of penetrating intelligence, R. Rozin possessed a phenomenal encyclopedic knowledge and great powers of industry. He knew the Babylonian and the Jerusalem Talmuds, all the known tannaitic and amoraic literature, and most early books without needing to consult them. He visited Rogachov each year on the anniversary of his father's death, on one occasion remarking that he had studied half of the Talmud during his journey there and would finish it on the return journey. He saw a subject as a whole and in its detail, analyzing it carefully and getting to the core of the halakhah. He would show by comparison with other passages which basic concepts were involved, give relevant rules and definitions, and make the subject clear. He frequently explained the Talmud in a way fundamentally different from that of the standard commentators. This is especially noticeable in his treatment of the Jerusalem Talmud which has no early commentary: R. Rozin's work contains thousands of new explanations. In speaking he was fluent and lucid; his writing, however, is obscure. He refers to his sources by a mere "vide so and so," making tens of references but neither quoting the passage nor explaining its relevance. Despite his difficult style, he was a prolific correspondent who enjoyed writing, and he encouraged correspondents to send him their problems. He answered without any effort all who wrote to him on any topic. His ability to find sources in the Talmud was extraordinary. He often quoted a passage from a subject apparently completely unrelated to the matter under discussion, and inferred from it a persuasive proposition which answered the question. For R. Rozin, the Talmud was decisive. When he found a source for a custom in the Talmud he practiced it, but not otherwise. He traced to the Talmud the philosophical ideas of Maimonides and the latest discoveries of science. Because of this, great scientists enjoyed conversing with him. His remarkable knowledge of philosophy and science is revealed in his commentary on the Pentateuch. He possessed a keen critical sense and when what purported to be the lost text of the Jerusalem Talmud on Kodashim appeared, his insight recognized it for the forgery it proved to be.

R. Rozin's imposing and majestic appearance made a deep impression on all who saw him. Though one of the greatest scholars of any age, he was essentially a humble man. He was courteous, striving to see things from the other man's point of view. He bore the physical pain of his closing years stoically, though grudging the time it took him from learning, and continued to answer all who consulted him, whether in writing or in person. During his lifetime R. Rozin published a commentary on Maimonides' Mishneh Torah in five volumes (1903–08) and two volumes of responsa. Four further volumes of responsa were published in 1935–38. During World War II, one of his students, R. I. A. Sufran-Fuchs, photographed all the manuscripts he could collect and sent the films to a relative in the U.S. They have subsequently been in the process of publication. All his works appear under the title Zafenat Pa'ne'ah. A number of volumes of the novellae and the commentary on the Pentateuch have appeared (5 vols., 1960–65). R. Rozin died in Vienna and was buried in Dvinsk.

          
Paragraph 2    (כי"ק), מאת... ר' יוסף זצוקללה"ה בהרב... ר' אפרים פישל ראזין ז"ל, הנודע... בשם... הראגאטשאווער... שהיה מח שנים רב בק"ק דאוגאוופילס >דווינסק, דענאבארג<... נעתק ונסדר ע"י תלמידו... ר' ישראל אלטער ספרן-פוקס שליט"א רב דפה דאוגאוופילס... בהוצאת בתו של רבנו המחבר זצ"ל הרבנית מרת רחל ציטראן שתחי' (אלמנת... ר' ישראל אבא ציטראן <קיטרוני> זצ"ל)... חלק א

חלק א: (שו"ת, רובם בענינים המובאים ברמב"ם [ספר משנה תורה] בהלכות אישות, גירושין,יבום וחליצה, נ"ב [נערה בתולה], סוטה, ואיסו"ב [ואיסורי ביאה] >שלחן ערוך אבן העזר<). [2], 100 עמ'. בראש הספר דברים מאת המוציאה לאור והודעה מאת המסדר: "נזהרתי מאוד מלשנות אף אות אחת מן המקור רק במקום שנסתפקתי באיזה אות או תיבה וכ"כ כל שאלה... ששמתי לפני כל תשובה... הכנסתים בשני חצאי מרובע". חלק ב: [שו"ת בענינים שונים]. ב-טו דף. נדפס בלא שער. כולל מד סימנים. ההדפסה נפסקה בגלל המלחמה, באמצע סי' מד, ולא נדפס יותר.

          
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Language:    Hebrew
  
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