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Lot #    8957
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 12:38:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    The Second Days of the Festivals
Title (Hebrew)    A Reply to a Sermon delivered by ... Chief Rabbi
Author    [Polemic - Reform]
City    London
Publisher    F. Pitman
Publication Date    1868
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 30 pp., 199:132 mm., light age staining. A very good copy not bound.
   In the Diaspora an extra day (in Heb. yom tov sheni shel galuyyot) is added to each of the biblical festival days, except for hol ha-mo'ed and the Day of Atonement. The practice originated because of the uncertainty in the Diaspora of the day on which the Sanhedrin announced the New Moon. Later, when astronomical calculations were relied upon, the sages declared that the custom should nevertheless be accepted as permanent. Two unnamed "Orthodox members of the Jewish community" opposed the sermon of R. Adler re-enforcing the holiday, while the English Reform abolished it altogether, even for Rosh Ha-Shanah.

R. Nathan Marcus Adler (18031890), British chief rabbi. R. Nathan Adler was born in Hanover, then under the British crown, and was educated in Germany. He became rabbi of Oldenburg in 1829 and succeeded his father, R. Marcus Baer Adler, at Hanover the following year. In 1844 he was elected chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Empire in succession to R. Solomon Hirschel. He was chosen by a representative gathering of national delegates, and not, as with his predecessors, by the London Great Synagogue alone. R. S. R. Hirsch was among the other candidates. During his 45 years of office the Anglo-Jewish community developed its modern features, which R. Adler did much to shape. His firm but enlightened orthodoxy was coupled with a strong and attractive personality. R. Adler was largely responsible for the failure of the Reform movement, established in England shortly before his arrival, to make much headway there. His wide-ranging and ambitious conception of his office was made clear in his Laws and Regulations for all the Ashkenazi Synagogues in the British Empire, issued in 1847. He was mainly responsible for the establishment of Jews' College in 1855 and was a moving spirit in the organization of the Jewish Board of Guardians in 1859. In 1866 he took the first steps toward the creation of the United Synagogue. His pastoral tours and visits to provincial communities made his influence felt throughout the country, and he was also able to secure recognition of his authority in the British colonies. Outside the community he was regarded as the official representative and public spokesman for Judaism. Ill health curtailed his activity after 1879, when his son R. Hermann Adler was appointed delegate chief rabbi. His principal literary work is Netinah la-Ger, a Hebrew commentary on the Targum Onkelos (Vilna 1875; published in numerous editions). His Ahavat Yonatan, a commentary on the Targum Jonathan, remains in manuscript (JTSA, Ms. Adler, 1173).

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica