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Lot #    9065
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 2:26:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kizzur Shulhan Arukh (Abridged Shulhan Arukh)
Title (Hebrew)    קיצור שלחן ערוך
Author    [First Ed.] R. Solomon Ganzfried
City    Uzhgorod
Publisher    Carl Jaeger
Publication Date    1864
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 144 ff., 205:134 mm., nice margins, usual age staining, lacks [2] introductory ff. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards. Rare - very few copies have survived of this highly popular work.
   R. Solomon b. Joseph Ganzfried (1804–1886), rabbi and author, was born in Ungvar, Hungary, where he also died. Orphaned in his childhood, he was brought up in the house of the local rabbi Zevi Hirsch Heller, one of the outstanding scholars of his time. From 1830 to 1849 Ganzfried served as rabbi of Brezewicz and subsequently as head of the bet din of Ungvar. He was one of the chief speakers for orthodox Jewry at the Jewish congress which took place in Budapest in 1869. He also published a polemic against the Reform movement. His first published work, Keset-ha-Sofer (1835; 18712 with additions by the author), was on the laws of writing a Sefer Torah, and was highly recommended by R. Moses Sofer as a necessary textbook for scribes of Torah scrolls, tefillin, and mezuzot. Ganzfried's fame, however, rests mainly upon his Kizzur Shulhan Arukh ("Abridged Shulhan Arukh," 1864); it achieved great popularity and widespread circulation and was accepted as the main handbook for Ashkenazi Jewry. It encompassed all the laws relating to the mode of life of the ordinary Jew living outside Erez Israel (including such subjects as etiquette, hygiene, etc.), but omitting such details as were common knowledge and practice at that time (see his introduction to ch. 80) or that were not essential knowledge for the ordinary man (see especially the laws of matrimony, ch. 145). The Kizzur Shulhan Arukh is based upon the Shulhan Arukh of Joseph Caro with the glosses of Moses Isserles. It is written in simple, popular language, with a lively style, and interest is sustained by the ethical maxims with which it is interlaced. Unlike his predecessor Abraham Danzig, author of the Hayyei Adam, Ganzfried does not detail and explain the different views but usually gives his decision without the reasoning. The book had already achieved 14 editions during its author's lifetime, and since then it has gone through scores of editions, displacing all previous abridgments of the Shulhan Arukh. It also became a basic work to which many scholars added marginal notes and novellae.
Paragraph 2    לתועלת המון עם ה' ... אשר קצרה דעתם ללמוד ולהבין דברי הש"ע ומפרשיו. יגעתי ... וקבצתי מכל ארבע חלקי ש"ע ... את הדינים הנצרכים ומוכרחים ... וכתבתי אותם בלשון קל ... אנכי הק' שלמה גאנצפריד מפ"ק אונגוואר ...

דף קמד: בהיות שנשאר פה נייר אציגה דבר א' ממה שכתבתי בהערותי פני אדם לס' חיי אדם [לר' אברהם דאנציג]. הסכמה: ר' מנחם ב"ר מאיר א"ש [אייזענשטאט], אונגוואר, ד וירא תרכ"ד.

   CD-EPI 0123304; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Halacha:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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