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Lot #    24811
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 12:16:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Gutachten uber Exhumierung und Aschenurnenbeisetzu
Title (Hebrew)    חיי עולם
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] R. Mayer Lerner
City    Berlin
Publisher    Zevi Hirsch Itzkoveski
Publication Date    1905
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. XXIV, 133, [1], 34 pp., 235:157 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   On the prohibition of cremation by R. Mayer b. Mordecai Lerner (1857–1930), rabbi. Lerner was born in Czestochowa (Poland). He studied first in Cracow but completed his studies in the Rabbiner-Seminar in Berlin. While still a student at the seminary he wrote his important work Anlage und Quellen des Bereschit Rabba (1882). He was appointed rabbi of Wintzenheim, Alsace, in 1884 and remained there until 1890, when he became rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues in London, which then consisted of 23 synagogues. In 1894 he was appointed rabbi of Altona and of Schleswig-Holstein. Lerner vigorously opposed the historical approach of Graetz and the Reform movement in Germany.

Lerner's main talmudic works are his Hadar ha-Karmel (1891), responsa, including some talmudic novellae. His research works, in addition to the above-mentioned Quellen include "Die aeltesten Mischna - Kompositionen" (MWJ, 13 (1886), 1–20) and his magnum opus, Torat ha-Mishnah, dealing with the origin of the oral tradition, of which, however, only the first part appeared (1915). He also showed an active interest in the Jewish settlement of Palestine and in 1905 founded the association Moriah whose aims were "to restore the ancient ruins, and the national and religious culture of the Jews." The association was opposed both to the Mizrachi and the Zionist movements, and in 1930 merged with the Agudat Israel movement.

Added t.p.: Gutachten Rabbinen aller Laender ueber Exhumierung und Aschenurnen-beisetzung auf juedischen Friedhofen. Herausgegeben von Oberrabbiner D. M. Lerner...

          
Paragraph 2    חלק ראשון; קובץ מכתבי גאוני דורנו ע"ד פנוי המתים וקבורת אפר הנשרפים (המצווים לשרוף גויתם). חוות דעות גדולי רוססיא, אוסטריא-אונגארן, רומניא, אשכנז, האללאנד, צרפת ואנגליא, ארצות הברית וארצות המערב וארץ הקדושה. ונוסף עליהן קונטרס הר הכרמל, מהה"ג מהרא"ה (אלי' בהרב... ר' יוסף זצל"ה הערצענבערג) נ"י וקונטרס אור הנר מהמו"ל. כל אלה חברו לו יחדיו מהצעיר מאיר בלא"א מהר"ם ז"ל לערנער שומר משמרת הקודש פק"ק אלטאנא...

מהקדמת המחבר: "אחרי רואי שיצא חבור אחד לאור [חקר הלכה, מינכען תרס"ד], בו הרע המחבר [ר' חנוך עהרענטרייא] לדבר בשמי דברים שלא עלו על לבי... אמרתי... עת לדבר ולפרסם חוות דעת הגאונים". עיין גם ספרו: [שתי תשובות], Krakau [1903].

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0201049 (incomplete); EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Halacha:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
  
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Language:    Hebrew, German
  
Manuscript Type
  
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