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Lot #    26802
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:24:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Or ha-Ganuz
Title (Hebrew)    אור הגנוז
Author    [First Ed.] R. Meir Eisenstadt
City    Fuerth
Publisher    Itzik Buchbinder
Publication Date    1766
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 32 ff., 196:167 mm., wide margins, light age and use staining, old hands and stamps. A good copy bound in modern paper wrappers.
   Novellae on Ketubbot and on the rules concerning yein nesekh in the Yoreh De'ah by R. Meir b. Isaac Eisenstadt, ("MaHaRaM ASH"-Morenu Ha-Rav Meir Ash [short for Eisenstadt]; c. 1670–1744), Polish rabbinical authority. After serving as rabbi in Szydlowiec in Poland, he settled in Worms, where Samson Wertheimer appointed him head of the yeshiva. On the occupation of Worms by the French in 1701, he went to Prossnitz, Moravia, and there he was appointed rabbi. Among his disciples was R. Jonathan Eybeschuetz, whom he brought up after the death of the latter's father. In 1714, with Wertheimer's support, R. Meir was appointed rabbi of Eisenstadt and its "seven communities", which by then had recovered from the expulsion of 1670 and from the havoc wrought by the Kurucz uprising (1704). Students from far and near flocked to the yeshiva which he had established. He fashioned the character of the community, which became distinguished for its piety, so that men of wealth and influence in nearby Vienna sought "right of residence" in Eisenstadt. In 1723 R. Meir was obliged to leave the community for a short time because of "informers and calumniators." Upon his return he instituted a special prayer to be recited every Monday and Thursday, against "those who bring harm to Israel by their tongues and tear down the foundations of the community." R. Meir issued a ban against card playing (except on Hanukkah and Purim). His works include Panim Me'irot, responsa and novellae on the Talmud (Amsterdam, 1715). His responsa, containing questions addressed to him by R. Akiva Eger, R. Moses Harif of Pressburg, and even rabbis of Italy and Turkey, testify to his wide authority. Other works are Kotnot Or, a homiletic commentary on the Pentateuch and the Five Scrolls, published together with Or Hadash, the commentary of his grandson R. Eliezer Kallire, under the general title of Me'orei Esh (1766).
Paragraph 2    ... קצת חדושי הלכות על מס' כתובת וחידושים וביאורים על הטור והב"י בי"ד בהלכות יין נסך. טמון בא"ש כתבי קודש שהניח אחריו ... ר' מאיר זלה"ה שהי' אב"ד ... אייזנשטאט ... והובא לבית הדפוס ... ע"י בנו ... ר' יהודה נר"ו מבייאלי חתן הגאון .. מ"ו הירץ זלה"ה מזאלקיוי ...

דף [2,ב-4,ב]: הקדמה, מאת בן המחבר המביא את הספר לדפוס ובה חידושים בהלכה ובאגדה. הסכמות: ר' יוסף משטיין הרט, פיורדא, ב אב תקכ"ו; ר' יחזקאל סג"ל לנדא, פראג, ה תמוז תקכ"ו; ר' גרשון פוליץ, ניקלשבורג, יג סיון [תקכ"ו]; ר' מאיר ברבי, פרעשבורג, לח לספירה [כג אייר] תקכ"ו.

   CD-EPI 0109369; Zedner p. 521
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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