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Lot #    6804
Auction End Date    3/2/2004 12:40:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bat Ayin
Title (Hebrew)    בת עין
Author    [Chassidim] R. Abraham Dov Ber Auerbach
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    Chanina Lipa, Arye Loeb, & Joshua Heschel Shapira
Publication Date    1850
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [4], 254 pp., 198:160 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, stamps on title. A very good copy bound in modern half leather and marbled paper baords.
   Chassidut on the five books of the Torah. The author was a leading disciple of R. Nahum of Chernobyl, and was rabbi of Ovruch and later Zhitomir. In 1830 he moved to Israel, settled in Safed and became rabbi and leader of the town’s Chassidim. He passed away there in 1841. He named his work Bat Ayin as it equals the numerical value of his name and this work, written in Israel, acquired the holiness of the Land of Israel that has the eyes of G-d guarding it constantly.

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 1858–64 the press of the two brothers printed a beautiful edition of the Babylonian Talmud together with the Halakhot of R. Isaac Alfasi, and a beautiful edition of the Jerusalem Talmud.

Paragraph 2    אשר דרש הרב ... מוה' אברהם דוב בער זצ"ל ... מאווריטש ראב"ד דק"ק זיטאמיר ושאר קהילות ומנוחתו כבוד בק"ק צפת ...
   Vinograd, Zhitomir 76; CD-EPI 0107821
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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