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Lot #    9100
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 3:01:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefat Emet
Title (Hebrew)    שפת אמת
Author    [Hasidim - First Ed.] R. Judah Arye Loeb Alter
City    Warsaw
Publication Date    1925-31
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. Two of three volumes, 330:224 mm., volume one with rare gild title, all wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good set bound in contemporary boards.
   Novellae on Talmud.

R. Judah Arye Loeb Alter (1847–1905) son of R. Abraham Mordecai (the eldest son of R. Isaac Meir), was orphaned as a child and brought up and educated largely by his grandfather. In 1870, after the death of R. Hanokh of Aleksandrow, the successor of R. Isaac Meir as Gur rabbi, R. Judah Aryeh Leib became the head (admor) of Gur. In this position he wielded a wide influence and established the leadership of Gur Hasidism in Congress Poland. A distinguished scholar, modest in behavior, R. Judah Aryeh Leib won the confidence of rabbis and communal leaders throughout Jewry. Like his grandfather he also played a role in public affairs, concerning himself with contemporary Polish Jewish problems. Through his influence Hasidism in Poland dissociated itself from Zionism. R. Judah Aryeh Leib devoted much energy promoting Torah study and attracted many of the youth. His writings are collected under the title Sefat Emet (2 vols., 1905–08), after which he is also known. The five sections on the Pentateuch include addresses on Sabbaths and festivals, distinguished by the profundity of their ideas and clarity of exposition, and reflect the marked influence of R. Judah Loew b. Bezalel (the Maharal) of Prague. The sections on the Talmud, on tractates Mo'ed and Kiddushin, evidence his wide Jewish scholarship and ability to penetrate to the intended meaning and provide a lucid exposition of the problem, in contrast to the dialectical pilpul method followed by his grandfather.

Paragraph 2    חידושי מסכתות ... מאת ... מרן יהודא ארי' ליב זצלה"ה מגור. אשר השאיר אחריו ברכה חידושים על סדר הש"ס וארבעה ש"ע, וזה יצא ראשונה ... [חלק א,ג].

בראש כל חלק הקדמות קצרות, מאת "בני וחתני הרה"ק המחבר זצלה"ה" ומאת ר' יעקב מאיר בידערמאן, חתן המחבר, שהוסיף "ביאור ופי' הדברים וגם סעד וראי'". "ההערות אשר נדפסו במס' יומא בשולי הדף הם מאת הגאבד"ק בענדין [ר' צבי חנוך הכהן לווין] שליט"א חתן ... המחבר" (מן ההקדמה בחלק ג).

[חלק א]: חידושי מסכתות מסדר קדשים. ([הובא] בדפוס ע"י ר' משה ליפשיטץ, דפוס Sikora i Mylner), תרפ"ה. [2], 193 עמ'.

[חלק ג]: על מסכתות פסחים, ביצה, ראש השנה, יומא, סוכה, תענית, מגילה, מועד קטן, חגיגה ... הובא לביהד"פ ע"י ר' משה ליפשיטץ בווארשא. דפוס יצחק מאיר אלטער. תרצ"א. 412 עמ'. על הכריכה: מועד א-ב. יש טפסים שחלק ג נפרד לשנים: מועד א: פסחים, ביצה, ראש השנה, 190 עמ'; מועד ב: יומא סוכה, תענית, מגילה, מועד קטן, חגיגה, [2],412-191 עמ'.

   CD-EPI 0120615; EJ; A. I. Alter, Me'ir Einei ha-Golah (1954); M. Schwartzman, Ha-Ma'or ha-Gadol (1966); I. Frenkel, Men of Distinction, 1 (1967), 127–34; 2 (1967), 95–102; M. A. Lipschitz, Hassidic School of Gur (Diss., Univ. of Wisconsin, 1964).
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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