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Lot #    6878
Auction End Date    3/2/2004 3:08:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mei ha-Shilloah
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [First Ed.] R. Mordecai Joseph Leiner of Izbica
City    Lublin
Publisher    Hirschenhorn and Streisenberg
Publication Date    1922
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 76 ff., 240:200 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth boards, rubbed.
   Hassidic commentary on the Torah by R. Mordecai Joseph Leiner of Izbica. The work is based on R. Mordecai Joseph Leiners discourses, collected by his children and grandchildren. It was printed in two parts; the first part was printed in Vienna in 1860: This, the second part, on the entire Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim, novellae on tractates, is completed with additional insights on the parasha and novellae. There is an introduction from the authors grandson, who bears his name. The text is in two columns in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words.

R. Mordecai Joseph Leiner of Izbica (d. 1854) was founder of the Izbica/Radzyn dynasty. He was a student of R. Simhah Bunim of Przysucha (Peshiskhan) and R. Menahem Mendel Morgenstern of Kotsk, and was considered the latters outstanding student. After the famous Friday night incident in 1839, which remains obscure, he left Kotsk, finally settling in Izbica, where he resided for thirteen years. The decisive year of his life was 1840, prophesied as the year of redemption by many Hasidim (the Tarnikim). According to his grandson, R. Gershon Henikh, he [R. Mordecai Joseph] remained hidden in the Cave of Adullam for 13 years studying the Torah in secret... until the time when the word of God came (Mei ha-Shilloah). He is considered by many the most original thinker of Hasidism. He opposed the isolation of the Kotsker, emphasizing that the zaddik was a spiritual guide rather than a miracle worker, and believed in informed faith, that God should be served with intelligence as well as devotion.

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   BE mem 1600; Rabinowicz, Encyclopedia of Hasidism pp. 282-83; EJ; CD-EPI 0144374
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20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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