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Lot #    10849
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 10:48:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Iggeret Rishfei Keshet
Title (Hebrew)    אגרת רשפי קשת
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] R. Moses Koerner
City    Hannover
Publisher    E. A. Telgener
Publication Date    1831
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. viii, 104 pp., 195:121 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
   Iggeret Rishfei Keshet is a biographical work is which R. Moses Koerner recounts his wanderings and tribulations, including a rebuttal of his detractors. The text of the title page begins by stating that he will relate in a clear Hebrew his tribulations in the year Rishfei רשפי (1831); reflecting the title which is taken from, “There he broke the flashing arrows (Rishfei Keshet), the shield, and the sword, and the battle. Selah” (Psalms 76:4), and continues, a tractate of envy of the arrogant. “‘For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me’ (Psalms 109:2), and ‘Bands of wicked men’ (119:62) ‘who intend to trip up my feet’ (Psalms 140:5) ‘But I will hope continually, and will yet praise you more’ (Psalms 14:14) with all the prayers of Moses, ‘Save me!’ (Genesis 32:12). The title page is dated “’But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises’ (Psalms 75:10) of His kindness” ואני אגיד לעולם אזמרה חסדו (592=1831/32). At the end of the volume are letters of support he received from various rabbis.

R. Moses ben Eliezer Phoebus Koerner (1766–1836) served as rabbi at Rendsburg (Schleswig), Shklov, and Grodno. In his later years he traveled extensively in Europe soliciting aid for the publication of his works. Koerner subsequently settled in Breslau where he died. His published works are: Torat Moshe (Nowy Dwor, 1786) containing homilies on obscure passages in Bible and Midrash, and also novellae, partly by Zevi Hirsch b. Abraham, of Posen; Zera Kodesh (Berlin, 1798), a commentary on the Sifra with homiletic discourses; Ke-Or Nogah (Breslau, 1816), an attempt to synthesize Kabbalah and Jewish philosophy, the Zohar and Maimonides’ Guide of the Perplexed; Megillat Eivah (Breslau, 1837), the autobiography of his ancestor R. Yom Tov Lipmann Heller, with Koerner’s notes and a German translation by Miro; and Birkat Moshe (Berlin, 1834).

Paragraph 2    בו יסופר... מהתלאה אשר מצאתני שנת ר'ש'פ'י' [תק"ץ] מסבת קנאת זדים... והוספתי... מים התלמוד בבלי, ירושלמי, מכילתא, ספרא, ספרי, והר, פוסקים, הגיון וספרי חכמים... המחבר... (משה... בן... אליעזר המכונה פייבש ז"ל מק"ק זלאטווי... במדינת פרייסן מערבית). החלותי להדפיסו (יד אלול) שנת... נפלאתיך [תקצ"א]...

עמ' 102-98 ,96-94 ,91-89: מכתבי-המלצה שניתנו למחבר מאת חכמים ורבנים בפראנקפורט ובקהילות אחרות. עמ' 93-92: העתק המכתב להשר מהר"א (רבי אשר המכונה ר' אנשיל) רויטשילד . ושיר לכבודו הפותח: אטיף מלה. תת תהלה. למחזיק בצדקה. עמ' 97: שיר בשבח המחבר מאת ר' משה יוסף רפאל קוא לבית לוי. פותח: תפארת למשה. ענוה מלבשתו.

   CD-EPI 0165568; EJ; Vinograd, Hannover 25
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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