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Lot #    26908
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 11:17:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pardes ha-Hokhmah
Title (Hebrew)    פרדס החכמה
Author    [Signed Copy] R. Joseph Moses ben Aaron Aaronsohn
City    Sudilkov
Publisher    Moses Madpis
Publication Date    1836
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 108, [1], ff, quarto, 220:175 mm., nice margins, usual light age and damp staining, old hands. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards. Limited edition of 600.
Paragraph 1    Signed by the author on f. 108v.
   Only edition of these discourses and responsa by R. Joseph Moses ben Aaron Aaronsohn. Pardes ha-Hokhmah has approbations from R. Zevi Hirsch ben Aaron Broda, R. Judah Leib Broda, R. Abraham Abele. R. Jacob of Karlin, R. Aryeh Leib Katzenelbogen, R. Judah Bachrach, R. Joseph David ben Zevi Hirsch, R. David ben Moses, and R. Meir Novshiz. Among the titles of the discourses, which are cleverly named having pastoral appellations, are Etz Shatul (“a tree planted” cf. Jeremiah 17:8, Psalms 1:3); Gefen Adderet (“a good vine” cf. Ezekiel 17:8); Kerem Hemed (“ vineyard of pleasant wine” (Isaiah 27:2); Gan Elokim (“the garden of God” Ezekiel 28:13); Arugot ha-Basim (“a bed of spices” Song of Songs 5:13); and many many more.

R. Joseph Moses ben Aaron Aaronsohn (1805–1875) was a preacher, rabbi, and scholar. Born in Salant, Lithuania, R. Aaronsohn was a preacher (maggid) in Eastern Europe (Vishtinetz, Brotski, and Mir) and was recognized for his scholarship by 1836, when he published Pardes ha-Hokhmah, a book of sermons. He later published Pardes ha-Binah, a book of sermons with responsa. Aaronsohn arrived in the United States c. 1860, living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he held services in his home and was known as "The East Broadway Maggid." For four years, he served as a preacher in a number of established synagogues, including Chevrat Vizhaner and the Allen Street Beth Hamedrash, which had split from the Beis Medrash Hagadol. In 1864, he became the rabbi at Congregation Adath Yeshurun in New York City. He continued to write responsa and also included the opinions of those rabbis in Eastern Europe with whom he corresponded regarding contemporary halakhic issues. R. Aaronsohn was a strong personality with definite opinions, which eventually erupted into major controversies. He attacked the scholarship and practices of two New York rabbis who were eminent talmudic scholars, Rabbi Abraham Joseph Ash and Rabbi Judah Mittleman, calling into question divorces written by Rabbi Ash and the kashrut of the animals slaughtered under the supervision of Rabbi Mittleman – whom he accused of allowing improper bloodletting before shehitah. By 1873, when he criticized the kashrut of certain California wines, the hostility he created in the clergy caused him to be excommunicated by R. Ash and R. Mittleman, and he was forced to leave New York. For a time, he served as an itinerant preacher and finally settled in Chicago, where he died. His book on American responsa, Matta'ei Mosheh, was published posthumously in 1878 in Jerusalem.

Paragraph 2    ... בחקירת שרשי התורה והאמונה, בהרחקת כל גשם ותמונה ... בעניני הנפש ... בטעמי הקרבנות ... הקטורת ... ובעניני הפלאות ... הנבואה ... השגחה ... יציאת מצרים וקריעת מי סוף ... וכן יתר עיקרים ... בכ"ו דרושים ... עפ"י דרך התורני והפלסופי ... מאתי משה במהורר אהרן זללה"ה מסלאנט מ"מ במיר במדינת ליטא ... שנת מוליך' לימ'ין מ'ש'ה' זר'וע תפא'רתו

הסכמות: ר' צבי הירש ב"ר אהרן ברודא, סלאנט ר' יהודא ליב ברודא, קלווריע, כד תמוז תקצ"ד; ר' אברהם אבלי ב"ר אברהם [שלמה], ווילנא, ראש-חודש ניסן תקצ"ד ר' יעקב [ב"ר אהרן ברוכין], קארלין, כח טבת תקצ"ו ר' אריה ליב קאצינלנפוגין, בריסק דליטא, כג כסליו תקצ"ה ר' יהודא בכרך, אב"ד סייני, מדי היותי פה ע"ח [עיר חדש] וולאדיסלאווי, יד תמוז תקצ"ד; ר' יוסף דוד ב"ר צ"ה [צבי הירש], מיר, ז אדר-ב תקצ"ד; ר' דוד [ב"ר משה], נאוורדאק, כו אדר-ב תקצ"ד ר' מאיר, נעשוויז, יח אדר תקצ"ה.

   BE peh 616; EJ; CD-EPI 0107492
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19th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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