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Lot #    8876
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 11:20:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer Ravyah
Title (Hebrew)    ראביה
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] Eliakim b. Judah ha-Milzahgi
City    Ofen
Publisher    Universitaets Buchdruckerei
Publication Date    1837
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 33 ff., 235:188 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
   Eliakim b. Judah ha-Milzahgi Mehlsack (c. 1780–1854), Polish talmudist. "Milzahgi" is a derivation of Mehlsack, the German name for Samila in Poland where Eliakim was born. He settled in Galicia and lived his last years in Lvov and Brody under the patronage of Isaac Berish Blumenfeld of Brody, devoting his life to Jewish scholarship. In 1837 he published Sefer Ravyah (= Rabbi Eliakim b. Judah ha-Milzahgi), a criticism of the Gottesdienstliche Vortraege of Zunz and the Toledot of Solomon Judah Rapoport. Unlike Zunz, who conceded the correctness of some of Mehlsack's remarks, Rapoport took umbrage at them and replied scathingly in Kerem Hemed (6 (1841), 96–109). Although he wrote almost 70 books, only Sefer Ravyah was published. Mehlsack also published an attack against the forgeries of A. Firkovich in the German-Jewish press. Most of his works were about Talmud and Kabbalah, but Mirkevet Esh ("Train of Fire") argues that one is permitted to travel by train on the Sabbath. The manuscript was sent to S. Holdheim, the leading Reform rabbi, who reproduced parts of it in a German-Jewish periodical. According to Gershom Scholem, Mehlsack's unpublished study of the Zohar, Zohorei Ravyah, at the Hebrew National and University Library is the most significant book written on the Zohar during the 19th century. Extant also is his commentary on the Book of Raziel (London, Jews College Ms. 347). His treatise on the principle of the Kabbalah and a commentary on the Pesikta de-Rav Kahana have not survived.
Paragraph 2    השגות על ספרו של... ר' [יום טוב] ליפמאן צונץ מברלין [Gottesdienstlichen Vortraege der Juden, Berlin 1832 Die] ועל דברי ... ר' שלמה יהודה ליב הכהן רפאפורט מלבוב (בעניני הקליר [תולדות ר' אליעזר הקליר -בכורי העתים, י, תק"ץ, עמ' 123-95; יא, תקצ"א, עמ' 102-92]), מאת ר'בי א'ליקים ב'ן י'הודה ה'מילזאהגי...

בראשי העמודים: השגות. דף [2]: דבר על [!] הקורא, מאת ישכר בער בלומענפעלד מבראד, שהביא את הספר לדפוס. בשער הובא גם הפרט: ר'ב'י' א'ל'י'ק'י'ם' ב'ן' י'ה'ו'ד'ה' ה'מ'י'ל'ז'א'ה'ג'י' לפ"ק [תקצ"ו]. ויש טפסים, עם שער שונה, שלא נזכר בו אלא ספרו של צונץ בלבד, ועם ספירת-דפים שונה, שנדפס בהם במפורש "בשנת תקצ"ו". עיין על כל זה: ג' קרסל, כתבי אליקים המילזאהגי - קרית ספר, יז, ת"ש, עמ' 89-87.

   CD-EPI 0146701; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica