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Lot #    11004
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 1:23:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nifla'ot Maharal
Title (Hebrew)    נפלאות מהר'ל
Author    [First Ed.] R. Yidel Rosenberg
City    Piotrkow
Publisher    Zeilingold
Publication Date    1909
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 80 pp., 225:148 mm., usual age staining, wide margins, final with paper tear. A good copy bound in the original paper wrappers.
   Stories of the Maharal of Prague and the Golem he is to have created.

R. Judah Yidel Rosenberg (1864-1936) was born in Poland. A Rabbi, prolific writer, and Torah scholar he served as rabbi of Tarlow, Lodz, and Warsaw where he was a Rabbinic Judge. In 1913 he immigrated to Canada, where he was active part in the Jewish community. At first he served as a rabbi in Toronto and, toward the end of his life, in Montreal. Initially, he published novellae and discussions on the Talmud, responsa, and halachic rulings of period interest. Through the years he authored a compilation and translation of the book of the Zohar, a work that has become a classic still in use today. He published books on medical remedies and Amulets. However it is his activities for the religious youth, by enriching the religious library with historical literature in Hebrew and Yiddish using simple vocabulary suitable for the youth that brought him fame. His most famous books are the ones with historical stories that he claimed to have discovered in ancient manuscripts in the old imperial library in Metz. Most of the books were published in Hebrew and Yiddish as well. Many doubt the validity of these manuscripts, many articles were written against these books, indeed, a whole book was published opposing the famous stories of the Maharal of Prague which he printed.

Paragraph 2    בו יסופר האותות והמופתים ... מאת ... מהר"ל מפראג ... אשר הפליא לעשות ... על ידי הגולם אשר ברא ... נכתב ע"י ... מוהר"י [יצחק] כ"ץ זצ"ל, חתנא דבי נשיאה של המהר"ל. והיה ספון בהביבליאטיקה ... דעיר מיץ ... יצא לאור ע"י הרב ... ר' יודל ראזענבערג דומ"ץ בעיר ווארשא ...

עמ' [4]: "מכרתי את העתקת הספור הזה ליד ש"ב ... (ר' יודל) הנ"ל ... ומעתה אני אוסר עלי באיסור גמור שלא אמסור עוד לשום אדם שבעולם העתקה אחרת מן הכתב יד הנ"ל ... פה מיץ חיים שארפשטיין". הספר מזוייף. עיין: ג. שלום, פרקי יסוד בהבנת הקבלה וסמליה, ירושלים תשל"ו, עמ' 409, הערה 72: "זוהי המצאה מודרנית ... אם כי התחפשה כהעתקה מתוך 'כתב יד בספריה במיץ' על ידי ר' יהודה יודל רוזנברג, המחבר האמיתי". עיין גם: ספר יצירה, מאת מנחם מענדל עקשטיין, מ. - סיגעט תר"ע; ג' שלום, קרית ספר, א, תרפ"ד-תרפ"ה, עמ' 105; מ' בר-אילן, נפלאות ר' יהודה יודיל רוזנברג, עלי ספר, יט, תשס"א, עמ' 184-173.

   CD-EPI 0152718; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
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