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Lot #    35300
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 2:10:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Simchat ha-Nefesh (The Joy of the Soul)
Title (Hebrew)    שמחת הנפש
Author    [Women's] [R. Elhanan Hendel Kirchan]
City    Sulzbach
Publisher    Zekel b. Aaron Madphis
Publication Date    1798
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   74 ff., 207:174 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Ethics, laws and customs in Yiddish. Intended for women who could not read Hebrew. The Author discusses manners and etiquette in the context of German Jewish life and emphasized the joys of living. To promote the joy, the author included poems and folk songs for all occasions accompanied by their musical notation.

The book was heavily used by women leaving very few copies that have survived the test of time, especially in such good condition.

The Yiddish version of laws sparked controversy from those advocating the Jewish laws be printed in Hebrew only. Accordingly, some editions were printed without the laws section. This edition includes the laws.

   Vinograd, Sulzbach 468
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Customs:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica