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Lot #    35174
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 1:23:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Magen Gibborim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.]R. Mordecai Zeev Ettinger; R. Joseph Sa
City    Zholkva
Publication Date    1839
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 91, 81, 5 ff. folio 365:220 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in recent cloth over boards.
   Only edition of this halakhic compendium on Shulhan Arukh Orah Hayyim by R. Mordecai Zeev ben Isaac Aaron Segal Ettinger and R. Joseph Saul ha-Levi Nathanson, brothers-in-law. This is part two of the work, beginning with hilkhot kriat Shema. The text consists of the Shulhan Arukh in the middle of the page and two lengthy detailed commentaries, Shiltei Gibborim and Alef ha-magen in the outer and inner margins respectively.

R. Mordecai Zeev ben Isaac Aaron Segal Ettinger (1804-63) was a Polish rabbinic scholar, scion of a long line of rabbis. He studied under R. Naphtali Hirsch Sohastov of Lemberg and under his uncle R; Jacob Ornstein. Although renowned for his scholarship R. Ettinger never occupied a rabbinic position, his considerable personal fortune rendering him independent. He did serve as nasi of the Holy Land of the Austrian Kolel, an honorable position always given to the greatest of rabbis. He studied together with his brother-in-law R. Nathanson, many joint works resulting from their 25 years of collaboration. Their partnership ended after R. Ettinger published a ban against machine baked matzah whereupon R. Nathanson published a contrary opinion. R. Ettinger subsequently published several works with his son, R. Isaac Aaron. R. Joseph Saul ha-Levi Nathanson (1810-75) was known as a profound talmudist and as a great posek. He corresponded with all the leading contemporary writers, among them R. Akiva Eger and R. Moses Sofer (Hatam Sofer).

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19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
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