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Lot #    10867
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 11:06:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tselem be-Heikhel
Title (Hebrew)    צלם בהיכל
Author    [Only Ed. - Polemic] Ephraim Deinard
City    [St. Louis]
Publisher    [Moinchester]
Publication Date    [1926]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. IV, 184 pp., 226:150 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, stained.
   Fiery polemic attack on Dr. Joseph Klausner and Dr. Stephen Weiss for their promotion of Jesus as a Jew. Linked is the Zionist Palestine Appeals Board for keeping Weiss as its chairman. Based on chronological and talmudical sources the existence of Jesus is questionable and historians have for many years suggested that he is a creation of early Christians based on several different historical characters. Weiss in a number of speeches proclaimed Jesus as a Jew, and asked his listeners to accept the cross. Klausner did the same in his book on Jesus.

Ephraim Deinard (1846–1930), bibliographer and Hebrew author. Born in Sasmakken, Latvia, Deinard wandered in his youth, collecting ancient manuscripts and books in many countries, and then established a bookshop in Odessa. In 1897 he tried unsuccessfully to found an agricultural settlement in Nevada (U.S.). An active Zionist, he settled in Palestine in 1913 where he investigated the possibilities of Jewish settlement. After being expelled by the Turks in 1916 he returned to the United States and continued his bibliographical work. His two most noteworthy bibliographical works are Or Mayer: Catalogue of the Old Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books of the Library of the Hon. Mayer Sulzberger of Philadelphia (1896) and Koheleth America (1926), a listing of Hebrew books published in America from 1735 to 1926. The first part of the latter work contains essays on the state of Hebrew literature in America, which are written in his unadorned, but typically acerbic, style. He laid the foundations of the Hebrew book and manuscript collections of the Library of Congress with the financial aid of Jacob Schiff. A violent polemicist on many controversial subjects, he attacked Reform Judaism, Hasidism, Christianity, and Karaism. Deinard was a prolific Hebrew writer, producing more than 50 books and pamphlets often signed with his pseudonym, Adir. These included Toledot Even Reshef (1879; a biography of Abraham Firkovich, whom he knew in the Crimea); Sefer Massa Krim (1878; on travels in Crimea); Massa le-Erez Kedem (1883; travels in Palestine and Egypt); Sefer Miflagot be-Yisrael (1899; on the Subbotniki and Hasidim); Zikhronot Bat Ammi (1920; a history of Russian Jewry over the previous 70 years). He also published several short-lived Hebrew and Yiddish journals, among them Ha-Le'ummi, one of the earliest Hebrew periodicals in America.

Paragraph 2    יספר ... כי קמו בישראל ... דר. יוסף קלויזנער בירושלם, ודר. סטעפאן ווייס בנויארק להסית את ישראל לעבוד אלהים אחרים, לטובת בנין ציון. ונלוה אליו ... מאמר ... בשם "המשומדים בישראל", מאת אפרים דיינארד ...

מקום ושנת הדפוס על-פי קהלת אמעריקא, סט. לואיס תרפ"ו, עמ' 114, מס' 698.

   CD-EPI 0125913; EJ; Deinard, America 698
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica