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Lot #    6913
Auction End Date    3/2/2004 4:18:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pre To'ar
Title (Hebrew)    פרי תאר
Author    R. Hayyim ibn Attar
City    Zholkva
Publisher    Uri Rubinstein
Publication Date    1810
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 116 ff., 360:220 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half-leather and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Commentary to the Shulhan Arukh Yore De'ah.

The Hebrew printing press in Russia was established in the mid 18th century. States, large and small, in these regions wanted to prevent the importation of Hebrew books and the resulting drain on their capital resources. In addition, the increasing severity of the church-state censorship - severer than it ever was in other parts of Europe, in a region that had not known such censorship before - made it desirable to them to have Hebrew presses under their immediate supervision. For both these reasons the setting up of local Hebrew presses was encouraged. A more positive cause of the rise of these presses was the efflorescence of Talmud study in the growing number of yeshivot in Lithuania and Poland as well as of Hasidism and its literature, creating an ever larger demand for Hebrew books.

Unfortunately, the poverty in these areas meant a lowering of the standards of printing and book production. Many of these popular volumes have perished over time as a result of heavy use by Russian-Polish rabbinical scholars. Furthermore, the constant harassment and Anti-Semitic pogroms by the Russian nobility, forced the Jews to continue moving from place to place, from village to village, any religious items left behind were destroyed by the plundering masses - Hebrew books were easy victims of these murderers.

Paragraph 2    על שלחן ערוך יורה דעה [עם הפנים, סי' א-קכב], אשר חיבר... רבינו חיים ן' עטר... נדפס כבר באמשטרדם... תק"ב... עם הפרי חדש... שמו... פירות גנוסר ואנחנו... עזבנו הפר"ח [הפרי חדש] עתה מהדפסתנו... השותפים הרב... ר' אביגדור הורויץ, האב"ד דק"ק קאמינקא... וה"ה... ר' אפרים זלמן (שור) מבראד... העירונו לדבר מצוה זו. ולהשתתף אתם בהדפסת הספר... הזה.... ([דברי] בני... ר' מרדכי רבין שטיין [המדפיס] מזאלקווא)...
   CD-EPI 0162207
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica