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Lot #    9149
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 3:49:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ziyyun le-Nefesh Hayyah (Zelah)
Title (Hebrew)    ציון לנפש חיה (צלח) ע'מ פסחים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Ezekiel Landau
City    Prague
Publisher    Joseph Emmanuel Diesbach
Publication Date    1783-84
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 123, [1] ff., 324:204 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, old hand on title, lower margins backed first 40 ff., small hole in ff. 5-7 affecting single letters. A good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.
   On Tractate Pesahim.

R. Ezekiel b. Judah Landau (1713–1793), halakhic authority of the 18th century, known as the Noda bi-Yhudah, after one of his works (see below). Landau was born in Opatow, Poland, and received his talmudic education in Vladimir-Volinski and Brody. He was endowed with qualities which make him one of the most famous rabbis of the close of the classical Ashkenazi rabbinic era. He came from a wealthy and distinguished family tracing its descent back to Rashi. He had a commanding appearance and rare intellectual ability, was of strong character imbued with a love of truth and of his fellow men, and had considerable diplomatic skill. By nature he was an intellectual ascetic whose main interest lay in the study and teaching of Torah. In his time he was regarded as the prototype of the ideal Jew. At the age of 21 he was already dayyan of Brody, and at 30 rabbi of Yampol. From there he received a call in 1754 to become rabbi of Prague and the whole of Bohemia, one of the highest positions of that time. His famous proclamation of 1752, whose purpose was to put an end to the notorious Emden-Eybeschuetz controversy, which split the Jewish world into two, helped in no small measure in his obtaining this appointment. His tenure of the Prague rabbinate enabled Landau to give practical effect to his outstanding qualities. It afforded ample scope for his rabbinic and communal activity both in Prague itself and beyond. He acted as judge, teacher, and mentor of the community. In his capacity as rabbi of Bohemia, he represented the Jews before the Austrian government. In his great yeshivah, he taught hundreds of students, the cream of Jewish youth from Austria and surrounding countries.

Paragraph 2    (על מסכת פסחים). והוא חידושי הלכה תוספות וגם ... בחידושי פוסקים וביחוד ... הרמב"ם ז"ל, אשר חברתי ... יחזקאל הלוי לנדא יושב פה פראג, בהרב ... יהודה ... אשר מנוחתו כבוד ... בק"ק אפטא ...

בשער: ותהי ראשית מלאכתו בשלהי שנת ו'ז'ה' ל'כ'ב'ו'ד' ה'נ'פ'ש' ה'ח'י'ה' [תקמ"ג]. קולופון: ותהי השלמת הספר ... שנת א'ל'ה' ד'ב'ר'י' י'ח'ז'ק'א'ל' ה'ל'ו'י' ל'נ'ד'א' [תקמ"ד]. דף מו,ב-מז,א: "סנסן אחד בשם בני" ר' יעקבקא סג"ל לנדא (בדף כח). דף קטז,ב-קיז,ב: חידושים מאת בני המחבר ר' שמואל ור'ישראל לנדא, ומאת חתניו של המחבר ר' זלמן ב"ר מאיר פרעשבורג מווינא ור' יום טוב ב"ר אפרים וועהלי. הספר הוגה על-ידי תלמיד המחבר ר' מרדכי ברומפף מטריבטש, שהוסיף (בדף קיח-קכג) "מפתחות על מקומות דברי הפוסקים ... שנתבארו בחבור הזה".

   CD-EPI 0142110; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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