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Lot #    26876
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 11:01:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Gevorot Ari with the Hafez Hayyim's 'muga'
Title (Hebrew)    גבורת ארי עם 'מוגה' מהחפץ חיים
Author    [Ms. - First Ed.] R. Aryeh Leib Gunzberg
City    Piotrkow
Publisher    Hafez Hayyim
Publication Date    1907
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. 136; 22 pp., 322:226 mm., usual light age staining, old hand on fly. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Paragraph 1    With the "muga" inscription by the Hafez Hayyim, publisher of the work. The Hafez Hayyim personally checked each volume for completeness and inscribed "muga" on the front fly when complete.
          
Detailed
Description
   Novellae on tractates Yoma and Makkot by R. Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg (1695–1785), talmudist. Born in Lithuania, R. Aryeh became assistant to his father on his appointment about 1720 as rabbi of the upper district in Minsk, comprising at the time 40 small communities. In 1733 he founded a yeshivah, which soon attracted students from Belorussia and Lithuania. Differences over methods of instruction between R. Aryeh Leib and R. Jehiel Heilprin, author of Seder ha-Dorot and head of another yeshivah in Minsk, led to much friction between both the teachers and students, R. Heilprin being opposed to the pilpulistic method used by R. Aryeh Leib to stimulate the minds of his students. In the introduction to his famous volume of responsa, Sha'agat Aryeh, however, R. Aryeh Leib himself is critical of the role of pilpul in establishing the "truth of the Torah." Finally compelled in 1742 to leave Minsk, he settled in one of the nearby towns where he continued to help his aged father. In 1750 he was appointed rabbi in Volozhin, where among some of his notable disciples were R. Hayyim Volozhiner and his brother Simhah. Here he prepared his halakhic work, Sha'agat Aryeh (Frankfort on the Oder, 1755). He lived in poverty, became involved in disputes with the community leaders, and at the age of 69 wandered from city to city. He reached Germany and eventually accepted the position of av bet din in Metz (1765), becoming also head of a large yeshivah there. He remained in Metz until his death. Besides his Sha'agat Aryeh, R. Aryeh Leib published in his lifetime Turei Even, novellae on the tractates Rosh Ha-Shanah, Hagigah, and Megillah (Metz, 1781). His posthumously published works are: She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh ha-Hadashot (1874); Gevurot Ari, novellae on Ta'anit (1862); and Gevurot Ari, on Yoma and Makkot (1907).
          
Paragraph 2    על מסכת יומא מאת ... רבינו אריה ליב נ"ע. האב"ד דק"ק מיץ ... וגם הדפסתי חידושיו על מסכת מכות. יצא לאור ע"י הרב ר' ישראל מאיר הכהן מראדין נ"י ובהוצאת ... מו"ה דוד יצחק ב"ר שלמה זלמן פינקעלשטיין נ"י ...

עמ' [3]: ראשית דבר מהמו"ל, ר' ישראל מאיר הכהן מראדין - ונטפל לעושי מצוה הייתי גם אני בזה חתנו הצעיר, צבי הירש בלאאמו"ר חיים יחיאל מיכל ז"ל לעווינסאהן. עמ' 130-136: חידושים ודרשות מבן המחבר, ר' אשר ב"ר אריה ליב. 22 עמ' האחרונים, עם שער מיוחד: ספר גבורת ארי על מסכת מכות ...

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0116983
        
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Novellae:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica