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Lot #    8908
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 11:52:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Turei Even
Title (Hebrew)    טורי אבן
Author    [First Ed. - Family Copy] R. Aryeh Leib Gunzberg
City    Metz
Publisher    Gutshalk Spyer
Publication Date    1781
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1], 56 [i.e. 58]; 44; 48 ff., 312:206 mm., wide margins, light age staining, old hand on title and fly. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
Paragraph 1    Fly contains note that this copy belonged to R. Saul Loewenstamm, Rabbi of Amsterdam, by his son-in-law.
   R. Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg (1695–1785), talmudist. Born in Lithuania, R. Aryeh became assistant to his father on his appointment about 1720 as rabbi of the upper district in Minsk, comprising at the time 40 small communities. In 1733 he founded a yeshivah, which soon attracted students from Belorussia and Lithuania. Differences over methods of instruction between R. Aryeh Leib and R. Jehiel Heilprin, author of Seder ha-Dorot and head of another yeshivah in Minsk, led to much friction between both the teachers and students, R. Heilprin being opposed to the pilpulistic method used by R. Aryeh Leib to stimulate the minds of his students. In the introduction to his famous volume of responsa, Sha'agat Aryeh, however, R. Aryeh Leib himself is critical of the role of pilpul in establishing the "truth of the Torah." Finally compelled in 1742 to leave Minsk, he settled in one of the nearby towns where he continued to help his aged father. In 1750 he was appointed rabbi in Volozhin, where among some of his notable disciples were R. Hayyim Volozhiner and his brother Simhah. Here he prepared his halakhic work, Sha'agat Aryeh (Frankfort on the Oder, 1755). He lived in poverty, became involved in disputes with the community leaders, and at the age of 69 wandered from city to city. He reached Germany and eventually accepted the position of av bet din in Metz (1765), becoming also head of a large yeshivah there. He remained in Metz until his death. Besides his Sha'agat Aryeh, R. Aryeh Leib published in his lifetime Turei Even, novellae on the tractates Rosh Ha-Shanah, Hagigah, and Megillah (Metz, 1781). His posthumously published works are: She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh ha-Hadashot (1874); Gevurot Ari, novellae on Ta'anit (1862); and Gevurot Ari, on Yoma and Makkot (1907).
Paragraph 2    והוא חיבור על שלשה מסכתות, ראש השנה . חגיגה מגילה ... [מאת] ארי' המכונה ליב באמ"ו ... ר' אשר זלל"הה, אשר כעת איתן מושבי בק"ק מיץ המפוארה ...

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   CD-EPI 0116987; EJ; D. Maggid, Sefer Toledot Mishpehot Ginzburg (1899), 35–52
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
France:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica