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Lot #    7046
Auction End Date    3/30/2004 2:26:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Divrei Shalom va-Emet; Kerem Hemed
Title (Hebrew)    דברי שלום ואמת; כרם חמד
Author    [Only Ed. - Polemic - Reform]
City    Prague; Berlin
Publisher    S. Freund ; Kornig
Publication Date    1861; 1855
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 35 pp., 220:145 mm., usual light browning. Bound with:

Only edition. [4], 160 pp., heavy stock, wide margins, old hand on title and final. Bound with one more work.

   Defense of Zacharias Frankel's Darkhei ha-Mishnah by Solomon Judah Rapoport. On the publication of Zacharias Frankel's Darkhei ha-Mishnah (1859), R. Samson Raphael Hirsch attacked him in his periodical Jeschurun. An open letter addressed to Frankel by Gottlieb Fischer (Jeschurun, 1860) was followed by a series of critical essays in which R. Hirsch demanded that Frankel give a precise exposition of his views on rabbinical tradition and the revelation at Mount Sinai. R. Hirsch's stand was upheld by other Orthodox rabbis, notably R. Z. B. Auerbach (Ha-Zofeh al Darkhei ha-Mishnah, 1861), R. Salomon Wolf Klein (Mi-Penei Koshet, 1861), R. Samuel Freund, and the anonymous author of Me'or Einayim, while Frankel was supported by the conservative rabbis and scholars Solomon Judah Rapoport (this lot), Wolf Landau, Saul Isaac Kaempf (Mamtik Sod, 1861), and Raphael Kirchheim. R. Hirsch's replied to Rapoport in his Gesammelte Schriften, 6, 419–34.

Solomon Judah Rapoport (known by his acronym Shir; 1790–1867), rabbi and scholar, pioneer of Haskalah and Wissenschaft des Judentums. Rapoport, born in Lemberg, Galicia, received a traditional education and became known for his brilliance as a talmudist. Under the influence of Nachman Krochmal he took an early interest in Haskalah and secular learning, studying classical, Semitic, and modern languages, as well as science. Supported at first by his father-in-law Aryeh Leib Heller, who was one of the leading talmudists of his time, Rapoport later had to take the position of a manager of the government kosher-meat tax. Without income again in 1832, Rapoport tried unsuccessfully to obtain a rabbinical position in Berlin and in Italy through recommendations by L. Zunz and S. D. Luzzatto, but his German was poor and he had no university education. After a period in business in Brody, he became rabbi of Tarnopol (1837), where he had to contend with the violent opposition of the Hasidim, whom he had attacked in a pamphlet (Ner Mitzvah, in: Nahalat Yehudah, 1868) in defense of Haskalah in 1815. Rapoport was appointed chief rabbi of Prague in 1840, successfully opposing the candidacy of R. Zevi Hirsch Chajes for the same position. Bound with:

Kerem Hemed, volume 9, the final issue of the publication, with dedication by the editor Senior Sachs to Raphael Kirchheim. Kerem Hemed was the Hebrew annual of the Galician Haskalah. Published in Vienna, Prague, and Berlin from 1833 to 1856, Kerem Hemed served as a central forum for Eastern and Western Jewish scholars and authors.

Paragraph 2    אודות הספר המהולל דרכי המשנה (מאת זכרי' פראנקעל) ודברי פלגות עליו ... ממני ... שלמה יהודא ליב כהן רפאפורט.

כרם חמד כולל אגרות יקרות אשר הריצו חכמי זמננו איש אל רעהו בעניני האמונה החכמה והמדע... [א]-ט.

   CD-EPI 0168257; 0141704
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Other:    Haskalah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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