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Lot #    32356
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 11:15:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shelosh Shitot ve-Likuttim
Title (Hebrew)    שלש שיטות ולקוטים
Author    R. Moses ben Nahman (Ramban)
City    Zholkva
Publisher    Meyerhoffer
Publication Date    1828
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 17, 6, 19, 20, [1]; 30 ff. folio 378:215 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed.
   Novellae on tractates Avodah Zarah, Makkot, and Shevu’ot by R. Moses ben Nahman (Ramban). Bound with the volume but printed separately (without a title page) are novellae on Bezah. After Shevu’ot are selected novellae on a number of additional tractates.

Besides the Rambam, the Ramban was probably the greatest and most influential of the Rishonim. Born in Gerona, he remained there most of his life. Like the Rambam, he was equally distinguished in both Halacha and Hashkafa. His contributions to scholarship covered every area: his Talmudic commentaries combined the French school of analysis with the Spanish emphasis on halacha and every word he wrote was scrupulously examined in all of Spain; he wrote major works defending Alfasi against the critique of Baal HaMaor and Ravad and Bahag against Rambam’s criticisms of his classification of mitzvos; he wrote masterful works of halacha such as Toras HaAdam on the laws of death and mourning including a philosophical section, Shaar HaGmul; he committed to writing derashos he had given on fundamental topics such a Rosh Hashana, Koheles and Torah; he wrote an account of his public disputation in Barcelona with the convert Pablo Christiani in j1263; he composed poetry, but probably the most popular of his works is the Commentary on Chumash which he modestly directed to “calm the minds of those weary of galus, studying on Shabbos and Moadim”. The Commentary is multi-dimensional including all methods of interpretation from simple pshat to esoteric Kabbala. The Ramban is not satisfied with explaining the verse at hand; he is concerned with the overall structure of the various chapters and their interconnections. Many of his explanations have become basic principles of Judaism. The Commentary is available in English translation.

The Ramban held that the mitzva of settling Eretz Yisrael applies even today and ultimately settled there himself during the last years of his life. When he arrived in Jerusalem there was hardly a minyan and he wrote that “what had been the most sacred is now the most desecrated”. He organized a minyan and erected a synagogue.

Over the centuries his view on the mitzvah of settling the Land has been most influential. He also held that even mitzvos which were obligatory outside of the Holy Land did not achieve the level of shleimus as when performed within Eretz Yisrael. Looking back at the chaotic state of the Land during the periods of non-Jewish control, he interpreted Leviticus 26:32 as promising that Israel’s enemies will be unable to settle the Land. As part of the mitzva of settling the Land he included the admonition “that we not forsake the Land to others of the nations” (Numbers 33:53).

Recognizing the anguish people experience in everyday life without apparent explanation, he composed a major Commentary on the Book of Job.

Paragraph 2    חידושי רמב"ן... על מס' עבודה זרה [נדפסו קודם לכן בקובץ מעשי צדיקים, ליוורנו תק"ם], מס' מכות [מתוך הקובץ שבעה עינים, ליוורנו תק"ה] ומס' שבועות, ולקוטים על מס' ברכות עירובין תענית ר"ה יומא סוכה שקלים מגילה... אשר יצאו לאור בעיר שאלניקי... ע"י... ר' חיים מודעי ז"ל [בשם לקוטות הרמב"ן, שאלוניקי תקנ"א]. בו הראה המחבר... מקום ללקוטים האלו [והוסיף הערות וחידושים]... המביא לבית הדפוס שמואל פינחס בהרבני... יעקב ז"ל שטיללער מבוברקא מתגורר בעיר זאלקווא [שהוסיף חידושים משלו בראש הספר ובסופו]...
   http://www.ou.org/about/judaism/rabbis/ramban.htm; CD-EPI 0150443
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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