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Lot #    35101
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 12:57:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Talmud Bavli - Tractate Hulin
Title (Hebrew)    תלמוד בבלי - מסכת חולין
Author    [Hasidic]
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    Hanina Lipa and Joshua Heschel Shapira
Publication Date    1860
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Two titles, [1], 2-223, 44, 5, 255-379 ff., 377:241 mm., wide margins, light age damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary full leather over boards, rubbed. A popular and heavily studied tractate in very good condition.
          
Detailed
Description
   Tractate Ḥullin of the famous hasidic edition of the Talmud. In 1847 the Shapira printing press was established by the three brothers Hanina Lipa, Aryeh Leib, and Joshua Herschel Shapira, sons of R. Samuel Abraham Abba Shapira, the printer in Slavuta. Until 1862 this was one of the only two Hebrew presses the Russian government permitted to operate in the whole of Russia, the other being in Vilna. This press had 18 hand presses and four additional large presses. In 1851 Aryeh Leib broke away and established his own printing press in Zhitomir. In these two establishments only sacred books of every kind were printed.

Ḥullin, a tractate of the order Kodashim in the Mishnah, Tosefta, and Babylonian Talmud. In manuscripts of the Mishnah (Mss. Kaufmann, Cambridge, etc.) and the Tosefta, as well as by the *geonim and the early authorities, the tractate is called Sheḥitat Ḥullin ("the slaughter of 'profane' animals," i.e., for human consumption as distinct from sacrificial purposes) after its first chapters, which deal with the laws of the slaughter of such animals and birds. As its name implies this tractate – in contrast to the other tractates of this order – is almost wholly devoted to the halakhot relevant to the eating of meat and to the gifts due to the priests from animals of ḥullin. Unlike the other tractates, Ḥullin thus deals with matters of practical halakhah applying to all Jews at all times, even after the destruction of the Temple. Probably for this reason it was customary in the time of the geonim to join it with the order Mo'ed (Meiri, Beit ha-Beḥirah to Ḥullin, introd.).

          
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Hasidic:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica