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Lot #    7623
Auction End Date    7/13/2004 2:06:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Divrei Hayyim - Responsa
Title (Hebrew)    שו'ת דברי חיים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Hayyim Halberstam
City    Lvov
Publisher    Abraham Isaac Menkes
Publication Date    1875
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 134; [4], 120 ff., 367:230 mm., usual browning, wide margins, sharp edges, title backed, some repairs. A good copy bound in modern half leather and cloth boards.
   Responsa by R. Hayyim b. Arye Loeb Halberstam (1793–1876), founder of the Zanz hasidic dynasty was born in Tarnogrod. As a youth Hayyim was brought to R. Jacob Isaac the hozeh ("seer") of Lublin who strongly influenced him and he became a Hasid; he studied under R. Naphtali of Ropczyce and R. Zevi Hirsch of Zhidachov. R. Hayyim also studied with R. Zevi Hirsch of Rymanow, R. Shalom Rokeah of Belz, and R. Israel of Ruzhin. In 1830 he was appointed rabbi of Nowy Sacz (Zanz). R. Hayyim administered his yeshivah in the best scholarly tradition of the old-style yeshivot in Poland. He would not permit his pupils to cultivate Hasidism until a late stage. Thus both Hasidim and mitnaggedim were attracted to his yeshivah. Known as strict in matters of learning and observance, he conducted his "court" modestly and discreetly and avoided the splendor and luxury customary at the "courts" of other zaddikim in that period. R. Hayyim wrote: Divrei Hayyim (Zolkiew, 1864), on ritual purity and divorce laws; responsa Divrei Hayyim (Lemberg, 1875), and Divrei Hayyim (Munkacz, 1877), hasidic sermons on Torah and the festivals. His works reveal a profound knowledge of the Talmud and commentaries, the midrashim, and medieval philosophical literature. He quotes widely from R. Judah Halevi's Kuzari, Maimonides, Nahmanides, and R. Abraham ibn Daud. From later literature, he cites R. Isaiah Horowitz, R. Judah Loew of Prague, the prayer book of R. Jacob Emden, and his teachers in Kabbalah and Hasidism. An opponent of asceticism, R. Hayyim was an exponent of the ecstatic mode of prayer and developed the hasidic melody. In his writings he emphasized the duty of charity and criticized zaddikim who lived luxuriously.
Paragraph 2    ... אשר אספתי ... מהתשובות שהשבתי ופלפלתי עם גדולי חכמי דורינו אנכי הצעיר ... חיים הרב דק' צאנז. הוגה ע"י הרבנים נכדי המחבר שליט"א. חלק א-(ב).

דף [2,א]: דברי המגיהים נכדי מרן המחבר שליט"א. לאשר נמסר לנו מאת אא"ז ... הכתבים להדפיסם ... ובעת ההגה"ה ראינו ... טעותים בהעתקה לדעתינו, גם הציונים והמראה מקומות נחסרו הרבה כמעט כולם ... גלל כן הוכרחנו לתקן ... אך לא שנינו מההעתק הנמסר לנו, ורק את אשר הי' נראה לנו ליתור או לט"ס [לטעות סופר] רשמנו בשני חצאי לבנה עגולה ... ואת אשר הוספנו ... וכן הציונים ומ"מ אשר הצבנו רשמנו בין שני חצאי מרובעים ... המגיהים הם ר' משה האלברשטאם מבארדיוב ור' שלמה האלברשטאם מבובוב, עיין: מאיר וונדר - מאורי גליציה, ירושלים תשמ"ב, חלק ב, עמ' 543 ,515 ,450. לחלק ב שער מיוחד.

   CD-EPI 0177595; EJ; M. Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, 2 (1963), pp. 208–15; H. Rabinowicz, The World of Hasidim (1970), p. 227
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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