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Lot #    8954
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 12:35:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Words of Peace & Truth (Divrei Shalom ve-Emet)
Title (Hebrew)    דברי שלום ואמת
Author    [Polemic - Anti-reform] R. Moses Israel Hazzan
City    London
Publisher    Samuel Meldola
Publication Date    1845
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 3-14:3-15 pp., 208:135 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound as published.
   R. Moses Israel b. Eliezer Hazzan(1808–1863), was born in Smyrna, and in 1811 went with his father to Jerusalem, where he studied in the yeshivah of his grandfather R. Joseph Raphael Hazzan. In 1842 Israel was appointed a member of the bet din in Jerusalem and in 1844 journeyed to London as an emissary of the Jerusalem community. During his stay in London he wrote a pamphlet, Divrei Shalom ve-Emet, against a pamphlet issued by the recently established Reform movement in England; and another pamphlet against the decisions of the Rabbinical Synod at Brunswick under the title Kinat Ziyyon (Amsterdam, 1846). The same year he joined a group established for the purpose of fighting the Reform movement. He later went to Rome, where he was appointed rabbi (1847–54), and interceded on behalf of the Jews of Italy in the court of Pope Pius IX. From Rome he proceeded to Corfu, where he was rabbi for five years. He was then invited to Alexandria, serving as rabbi and av bet din there until the end of 1862. He then settled in Haifa but died in Beirut, where he had gone on account of ill-health. His remains were taken for burial to Sidon since it was regarded as being within the borders of Erez Israel. R. Hazzan also wrote Nahalah le-Yisrael (Vienna, 1851), on the obligation of deciding laws of inheritance according to Torah; Kedushat Yom Tov (ibid., 1855), against the attempt in Italy to abolish the second day of the festivals; and She'-erit ha-Nahalah (Alexandria, 1862), a dispute between a merchant and two emissaries of Erez Israel. It was later combined with the Nahalah le-Yisrael (1862) but is part of a work Nezah Yisrael, which has remained in manuscript and is an attack on the Vikku'ah al Hokhmat ha-Kabbalah of S. D. Luzzatto. Other works are Iyyei ha-Yam, in two parts (pt. 1 Leghorn, 1869; pt. 2 is still in manuscript), a commentary on the responsa of the geonim, and Kerakh shel Romi (Leghorn, 1876), responsa. Still in manuscript are Hoker Lev, responsa, and Yismah Lev, sermons preached in Jerusalem and during his activity as an emissary.

Added t.p.: Wards of peace & truth; A reply to an "Address to the Israelites of Great Britain, by a Levite", By Rabbi Moshe Israel Hassan, Dajan at Jerusalem, now on a mission in London ...

Paragraph 2    תשובה... על אגרת שנדפס מחדש, חתום ן' איש לוי. מאת רבי משה ישראל חזן, חד מדייני ירושלם ... וכעת בשליחות ... בק"ק לונדון ...

שער-מעטפת. עברית ואנגלית עמוד מול עמוד. עם שער מיוחד לחלק האנגלי: נגד הריפורמים באנגליה, שפירסמו את האיגרת הנז' של "איש לוי". עיין: א. יערי, שלוחי ארץ ישראל, ירושלים תשי"א, עמ' 730-729. יערי לא ראה את שער-המעטפת העברי. בטופס שהיה לפניו, נמצא שער מעטפת אחר באנגלית (זהה לשער האנגלי) ובראשו כותרת בעברית: דברי שלום ואמת.

   CD-EPI 0177925; EJ; M. D. Gaon, Yehudei ha-Mizrah be-Erez Yisrael, 2 (1938), 251f.; Yaari, Sheluhei, 176f., 729–32.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, English
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica