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Lot #    9082
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 2:43:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hishanot ha-Bimah
Title (Hebrew)    קונטרס בענין השנות הבימה
Author    [Polemic - Anti-Reform] R. Eliezer Lipman Stein
City    Pressburg (Bratislava)
Publisher    Anton Schmid
Publication Date    1843
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 16 pp., 150:90 mm., light age staining, several stamps. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.
   Responsa against siting the bimah in the synagogue in front of the ark.

R. Eliezer Lipman Stein (c. 1778–1851), Hungarian talmudist and preacher. R. Stein corresponded on halakhah with R. Moses Sofer (Responsa Hatam Sofer, pt. 6, no. 48), with R. Meir Eisenstadt and with his teacher R. Judah Aszo, author of the responsa Mahari Aszo. R. Stein served as av bet din of the community of Gyongyos. During his period of office there, a quarrel arose between him and the community because he disqualified a shohet. The community referred the dispute to a non-Jewish judge who ruled that the shohet was capable of carrying out his duties. As a result of this ruling the community deducted from the rabbi's salary the payment that they were accustomed to receive from the slaughter of animals, because this had decreased as a result of the ban. He resolved to resign his office and was accepted as rabbi in the community of Mor, but in the end the community yielded and became reconciled with him, and he remained there until 1837 when he went as rabbi and av bet din to Nagyszollos (Vinogradov). Shortly thereafter, at the age of 60, he decided to emigrate to Erez Israel. With this in mind he went to Pressburg and obtained from R. Moses Sofer a letter of recommendation to the philanthropists of Hungary. In the letter R. Sofer describes R. Stein's greatness as a talmudist and asks the Jewish philanthropists to appoint him to offices that would enable him to support himself in Erez Israel and also that they pay the expenses of the journey. During R. Stein's visits from town to town to make the necessary arrangements he went to Dunaszerdahely and was appointed to the then vacant office of rabbi and av bet din. He abandoned his previous plan and remained there until his death.

He also wrote Evel Moshe (1840), a eulogy on R. Moses Sofer, and Ir Shushan (1849), homilies and responsa.

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   CD-EPI 0169364; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica