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Lot #    9105
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 3:05:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ha-Mafte'ah; Milhemet Sophrim
Title (Hebrew)    המפתח; מלחמת סופרים
Author    [Polemic - Pro & Anti-Haskalah]
City    Warsaw; Vilna
Publisher    Keltera i Spolki; Abraham Isaac Dewortz & Son
Publication Date    1866; 1871
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only editions. [4], 12, 200 ff., 217:142 mm.; [2], 118, [1] pp., 193:116 mm., light age staining. Good copies bound in contemporary boards.
   Moses Aaron Shatzkes (1825–1899), was born in Karlin, Belorussia, he studied in Lithuanian yeshivot, and then joined the Haskalah movement. He gained a literary reputation through his book Ha-Mafte'ah ("The Key," 1869). The book analyzes talmudic legends, starting from the premise that they are merely ethical allegories, not to be taken literally. This theory, acceptable to the moderates of the Haskalah movement, was anathema to Orthodox Jews, who tried to prevent publication of the book, and in some towns even burned copies. Shatzkes wrote articles in the same vein (Ha-Asif, 2 (1885), 241–61; Ha-Sifrut, 3 (1889/90), 103–18; and others). In Yiddish he published anonymously Der Yudisher for Pesakh ("Preparations for Passover," 1881) in which he attacked superstitions associated with the Passover festival. Toward the end of his life, he moved to Kiev, where he became a leading figure in the Haskalah circle noted for his pungently witty conversation.
Paragraph 2    לפתוח בו את שערי היכלי אגדות חז"ל (ברכות-עוקצין [עם הפנים])... להוציא... את... הנמשל... את הפתרון והבאור... לגלות אוצרות חשך... ממני משה אהרן בר' יהושע העשיל ז"ל שאצקעס, נין ונכד להרב... ר' שמואל ז"ל אב"ד דק"ק קארלין... מחברת [א]-

בקורת על הספר: ישראל דוד מילר, מלחמת סופרים, ווילנא תרל"א; אברהם דוב דובזוויץ, לא דבים ולא יער, ברדיטשוב תר"ן.

מלחמת סופרים יכלכל בקרת... על...ספר המפתח [מאת משה אהרן שאצקס, ורשה תרכ"ו-תר"ל]. גם נושא מדברותיו על חזיוני העת ... מאת ישראל דוד מיללער מהוראדנא...

   CD-EPI 0304348; 0147978
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica