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Lot #    8977
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 12:58:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Le-Makeh Melahim
Title (Hebrew)    למכה מלכים
Author    [Polemic - Hasidim] R. Isaac Sternhell
City    Mukachevo
Publisher    Aaron Dov Meisels
Publication Date    1934
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 13 ff., 228:155 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in modermn cloth boards.
   Attack on R. Moses Zevi Landau's work against the Rebbe of Munkacs.

R. Hayyim Eleazar Shapira (1872–1937), rabbi of Munkacs from 1913 and hasidic zaddik. He succeeded in combining talmudic dialectics with the ability to reach halakhic decisions and a wide knowledge of Kabbalah and hasidic learning. He had many admirers and many opponents, and exercised great influence over the rabbis of Hungary even after Munkacs (Mukachevo) had passed to Czechoslovakia. Of lively temperament, he intervened in communal affairs beyond his community, and was even more adamant than his ancestors in opposing all innovation. An extremist opponent of Zionism, Mizrachi, and Agudat Israel, he regarded every organization engaged in the colonization of Erez Israel to be inspired by heresy and atheism. Redemption was to be a miraculous phenomenon, and any natural activity - political or colonizing - was liable to lead to a holocaust. He opposed the Balfour Declaration. On the other hand, he supported the "old yishuv" and was the president of the Kolel Munkacs in Jerusalem. In 1930 he visited Palestine, where he met and encouraged the anti-Zionist elements. His Hasidim viewed this journey as an apocalyptical act.

After the example of his father, he called for the maintenance of traditional education and for its financial support. He opposed the Hebrew schools which were established in eastern Czechoslovakia between the two world wars, and condemned the Hebrew secondary school of his town. His struggles were not only ideological, and he occasionally became involved in local disputes with rival zaddikim, waging a campaign of many years with the zaddik of Belz, R. Issachar Dov Roke'ah, who lived in Mukachevo from 1918 to 1921. His works include Minhat Elazar, responsa (1–4, 1902–30); Divrei Kodesh, sermons (1933); Hamishah Ma'amarot (1922).

Paragraph 2    השגות על ספר שלחן מלכים [לר' משה צבי לאנדא, בערעגסאס תרצ"א]... להכות באגרוף עלי קדקוד איש... יעיז במצחו לדבר גדולות בשפה בלתי נקיה ובלי דעת של תורה על רבותינו הגאונים... בררתי... כל טעותיו... מאתי יצחק בלאאמו"ר... מו"ה דוד שטערנהעלל שליט"א מצאנז חדש... חוברת א.

דף ב-ג: מכתב ידידות מכבוד ידידי... מו"ה דוד קליין נ"י ראש הישיבה בישיבה רבתי דרכי תשובה דפ"ק מונקאטש. עם שיר בשבח הספר. פותח: עורו עורו. לדוד מזמור. לא יצא יותר. נגד השגותיו של ר' משה צבי לנדא על ר' חיים אלעזר שפירא ממונקאטש.

   CD-EPI 0169878; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica