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Lot #    26842
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 10:44:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Me-Aggadot ha-Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.] Isaac ben Israel Fernhof
City    Podgorze
Publisher    Hamitzpah
Publication Date    1908
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 72 pp. octavo 210:122 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original wrappers.
   Only edition of these collected stories by Isaac ben Israel Fernhof. Me-Aggadot ha-Hayyim is dedicated to Naftali Rohatyn. The stories, there are 67, include Noah Ish Zaddik, ha-Shalom, Lev ha-Em, be-Shuk ha-Hayyim, ha-Yeladim, ha-Alman, Siman Muvhak, Baal Daat Moshe, ha_Almanah, and many more.

R. Isaac ben Israel Fernhof (18681919) was a Hebrew author, editor, and poet. Born in Buchach, Galicia, he was a teacher all his life, first in his native town, then in Zlochow, and finally in Stanislav. During World War I he went to Bohemia, where he taught Galician refugee children. In 1918 he returned to Stanislav, then under Ukrainian rule, and suffered dire poverty and famine. He died there soon after. Fernhof began writing poetry and articles in the late 1880s, and later published Sifrei Sha'ashu'im (189699), a small literary periodical to which leading writers such as Tchernichowsky, Peretz, Brainin, Klausner, and others contributed. Subsequently he tried unsuccessfully to publish literary journals (Ha-Ẓa'ir, Ha-Yarden). A book of his stories, Me-Aggadot ha-Ḥayyim, appeared in 1908. He left a series of stories depicting Mitnaggedim which were published long after his death as Sefer ha-Mitnaggedim (ed. Israel Cohen, 1952). This includes an article published after the appearance of Herzl's Jewish State in which Fernhof prophetically refers to the utopian state by the name of "Israel."

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   BE mem 7; EJ; Yivo Encyclopedia of Jews in East. Europe 705; CD-EPI 0159855
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Literature
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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