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Bidding Information
Lot #    6420
Auction End Date    1/13/2004 12:54:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Shnei Luchot HaBrit
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Isaiah b. Abraham Horowitz Ha-Levi
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    Chanina Lipa & Joshua Heschel Shapira
Publication Date    1856
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   2 volumes. 786; 6, 9-472; 128 pp., quarto, 218:145 mm., scattered worming affecting single letters, damp stained, several ff. backed. A good set bound in modern half leather and cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   A monumental and extensive work which combines halakhah, homily, and Kabbalah for the purpose of giving directions as to how to live an ethical life. R. Horowitz, (called Shelah ha-Kadosh, "the holy Shelah," from the initials of the title of his major work), rabbi, kabalist, and communal leader was born in Prague, but as a youth he moved to Poland with his father, who was his first teacher. He studied there under Rabbi Solomon b. Judah of Cracow, Rabbi Meir of Lublin (the Maharam), and Rabbi Joshua Falk and gained a reputation among Polish scholars while still young. In 1621, after the death of his wife, he moved to Erez Israel and settled in Jerusalem, where he remarried and became the rabbi of the Ashkenazi community. He died in Tiberias where his grave (close to that of Maimonides) is still visited. His name carries with it the surname The Holy as he dedicated his life and work to the Jewish nation. Early editions of his works are considered to be protectors from evil for their owners and are sought after by generations of Jews.

In 1847 the Shapira printing press was established by the three brothers Hanina Lipa, Aryeh Leib, and Joshua Heschel Shapira, sons of 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. During the years 185864 the press of the two brothers printed a beautiful edition of the Babylonian Talmud together with the Halakhot of Isaac Alfasi, and a beautiful edition of the Jerusalem Talmud.

          
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Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0119857; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Hasidic:    Checked
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica