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Lot #    9104
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 3:04:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bi'ur Tit ha-Yawen
Title (Hebrew)    ביעור טיט היון
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] Mayer Kohn Bistritz
City    Pressburg (Bratislava)
Publisher    David Loew
Publication Date    1889
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. XXXII, 240 pp., 220:145 mm., usual age staining. A very good copy bound in later cloth boards.
   Mayer Kohn Bistritz, Hungarian Neo-Hebraic poet and author; born in Vag-Bistritz, Hungary, 1820; died in Vienna Sept. 7, 1892. He lived the greater part of his life in Vienna, where he published most of his works. The first of these was his notes and German translation of Mordecai b. Meïr Kalman's didactic poem, "Tabnit ha-Bayit" (The Shape of the House) (1858). In the following year he published "Kol Rinnah" (The Voice of Rejoicing), a Hebrew poem with a German translation, both composed by him on the occasion of the dedication of the new temple in Budapest. In 1863 he produced a new and improved edition of the anonymous "'Aruk ha-Kazer" (Abridged Dictionary). A year later he edited and published "Ziyyun le-Zikron 'Olam" (Sign of Eternal Remembrance), a work in honor of the seventieth birthday of Isaac Noah Mannheimer, containing addresses, songs, essays, etc., in Hebrew and German. He wrote other minor poems, and a humorous essay on the proverb "Wenn die Chassidim reisen, regnet es" ["Jüdisch-Deutsches oder Deutsch Jüdisches Sprichwort," Vienna, 1880]. He was also the author of a lengthy article in the Hebrew periodical "Bet Talmud" (iv. 140, 177, 206), to explain the difficult passages in Midrash Tanhuma, which were pointed out by Jacob Reifman.

Bistritz's last and largest work was the "Bi'ur Tit ha-Yawen" (The Cleaning up of the Mire; Presburg, 1888), a vindictive attack on the radical criticism of Osias H. Schorr in explaining the Talmud.The book is full of diatribes against Schorr's personality, and is written in abusive and bombastic style. Schorr's pupils or followers, and all Polish Jews who have adopted modern dress or modern views, come in for their share of abuse. The work, which is, however, not without merit as a contribution to the lexicography of the Talmud, closes with sixteen epigrams aimed at another alleged follower of the liberal editor of "He-Haluz," Asher Simhah Weissmann, author of "Kedushat ha-Tanak."

Added t.p.: Talmudische Exegesen auf ihren wissenschaftlichen Gehalt. Kritisch untersucht und beleuchtet von Mayer Kohn Bistritz

Paragraph 2    שבו הטיח יהושע העשיל שור >הוא בעל החלוץ< פני ארבע מאות וחמשים מאמרי חז"ל וביאורן ברוח היהודית על ידי מאיר קאהן ביסטריטץ...

עמ' [227]-240: ציור רוחני של... מתפרץ ומכחיש בקדושת התנ"ך (אשר שמחה ווייסמאנן), בששה עשר מכתמים, מאת מאיר קאהן ביסטריטץ.

   Lippe, Bibliographisches Lexicon, i. 243, 621; Zeitlin, Bibliotheca Hebraica, pp. 178, 179; Kayserling, in Winter and Wünsche, Jüdische Litteratur, iii. 896; JE; CD-EPI 0140897
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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