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Lot #    6817
Auction End Date    3/2/2004 1:06:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kiddushat HaShem; Roshei Alphei Yisrael; et. al.
Title (Hebrew)    קדושת השם, ראשי אלפי ישראל
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Joseph Shapotshnick
City    London
Publication Date    1915-17
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   32; [2], 33-46; [2], 47-58; [2], 71-72; [2], 75-86; [2], 62; 32; 32; 32; 32; 32; 27, 5; 32; 28, [4]; [2], 44; 32; 16; 16; 32; 16; 16 pp., 205:134 mm., usual light browning. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth boards, rubbed.
   Kiddushat HaShem and Roshei Alphe Yisrael by R. Joseph Shapotshnick. The former in five parts, each with its own title page, and from the second part with an English title page on the verso of the Hebrew title page, the English title page stating that it is, The Sanctity of the “Name” being the Wisdom of the knowledge of the name by Rabbi Joseph Shapotchnick, author of Shulhon HaGovoha, Roshe Alphe Yisroel, T’kufo Chadosho B’Yisrael. Next are fifteen editions of Roshei Alphei Yisrael, a journal published by R. Shapotshnick. Roshei Alphei Yisrael is a Torah journal addressing varied subjects; the contributors include a number of prominent English rabbis. The text is primarily in Hebrew with some Yiddish.

R. Joseph Shapotshnick, a Talmudic scholar, emmigrated from Kishnev and Odessa to England, where he settled in the East End of London in 1913. He took upon himself the title of Chief Rabbi, and conducted himself in such a manner that he soon came into conflict with the recognized establishment, that is, the Chief Rabbi and his Bet Din, as well as more right wing rabbis. His support of hopeless causes brought him into conflict with established authority and made him a colorful figure in his day. Among his opponents was R. Samuel Hillman, Dayan of the United Synagogue, who referred to Shapotshnick as a madman in correspondence with such prominent Eastern European rabbis as R. Hayyim Ozer Grodzinski of Vilna. The latter responded with a proclamation, signed by hundreds of rabbis, opposing Shapotshnick. In response, Shapotshnick published “Original Letters Received from World Famous Rabbinical Authorities Recognizing Chief Rabbi . . . Shapotshnick as one of the Greatest Talmudical Scholars. . .” He was a prolific writer, his works encompassing a wide variety of subjects, from Kabbalah and responsa to science and psychology.

Paragraph 2    הוא פירוש על שם הוי"ה ... מאת יוסף שאפאטשניק החופ"ק לאנדאן ... חלק [א]-ה.

הוא מאסף ספרותי לתורה וחכמה דת ודעת, מאת יוסף שאפאטשניק החופ"ק לאנדאן ... ורבני וגדולי עמנו, להשיב לב אחינו בני ישראל לאביהם שבשמים ... יוצא לאור ארבעה פעמים בשנה, בחדש אלול ... כסלו ... אדר ... סיון. כרך א-17.

עברית ויידיש. כמעט כל התוכן מאת שאפוצ'ניק עצמו. חוברות 17-12 נדפסו ללא שער. לדברי המחבר-המו"ל, חוברות 17-14, שבשעריהן פרט של תרע"ט, נדפסו לאמיתו של דבר בשנת תרע"ח.

   BE 118; Dunner, Rebel Rabbi; Rabinowicz, A World Apart: The Story of the Chasidim in Britain (1997) pp.56-66; Roth Anglo-Judaica p. 191; CD-EPI 0168430, 0168434
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Other:    Periodical
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica