||Only edition of this unusual and clever compendium of 300 commandments skillfully clothed in the gemaṭriot of their Biblical verses by R. Aaron ben Mordecai Ber Kornfeld. There is an introduction followed by the text, which is comprised of a biblical verse in square unvocalized letters and immediately below it the explanation with the gematriot in rabbinic letters. A remarkable fact is the reason for R. Kornfeld writing Ziyunim le-Divrei ha-Ḳabbalah. In 1864, R. Kornfeld suffered from an affection of the eyes and was not allowed to read until an operation had been performed. It was at this time that he composed Ziyunim le-Divrei ha-Ḳabbalah from memory. It appeared under the title "Ziyyunim le-Dibrei ha-Ḳabbalah," Prague, 1865. Besides a short article, printed in "Shomer Ziyyon ha-Ne'eman," this is Kornfeld's only publication. Bound with Ziyunim le-Divrei ha-Ḳabbalah is Shnayim Esra Derashot from the Ran (Warsaw, 1875).
R. Aaron ben Mordecai Kornfeld was an Austrian Talmudist; born Aug. 2, 1795, at Goltsch-Jenikau, Bohemia; died there Oct. 26, 1881. His only teacher was his father, Rabbi Mordecai Bär Kornfeld, head of a yeshivah, who taught him both the Talmud and the profane sciences. Kornfeld was only eighteen years old when he took over the direction of the yeshivah at his father's death. The fame of the school was so great that sometimes as many as eighty pupils were in attendance. When Sir Moses Montefiore was passing through Bohemia on his return from Damascus, he undertook the difficult journey to Goltsch-Jenikau purposely to become acquainted with the celebrated Talmudist.