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Lot #    12383
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:18:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tehilim with Sefat Emet & Ez ha-Da'at Tov
Title (Hebrew)    תהלים עם פירוש שפת אמת ועץ הדעת טוב
Author    [Hasidim - First Ed.] R. Judah Arye Loeb Alter
City    Piotrkow - Warsaw
Publisher    Hanoch Henach Follman - Wegmeister
Publication Date    1926
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of Gur commentary. [2], 142 ff., 226:150 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in the original cloth boards, rubbed.
   Psalms with the Hasidic commentary of R. Judah Arye Loeb Alter, Admor of Gur and kabbalistic commentary by R. Hayyim Vital.

R. Judah Arye Loeb Alter (1847–1905) son of R. Abraham Mordecai (the eldest son of R. Isaac Meir), was orphaned as a child and brought up and educated largely by his grandfather. In 1870, after the death of R. Hanokh of Aleksandrow, the successor of R. Isaac Meir as Gur rabbi, R. Judah Aryeh Leib became the head (admor) of Gur. In this position he wielded a wide influence and established the leadership of Gur Hasidism in Congress Poland. A distinguished scholar, modest in behavior, R. Judah Aryeh Leib won the confidence of rabbis and communal leaders throughout Jewry. Like his grandfather he also played a role in public affairs, concerning himself with contemporary Polish Jewish problems. Through his influence Hasidism in Poland dissociated itself from Zionism. R. Judah Aryeh Leib devoted much energy promoting Torah study and attracted many of the youth. His writings are collected under the title Sefat Emet (2 vols., 1905–08), after which he is also known. The five sections on the Pentateuch include addresses on Sabbaths and festivals, distinguished by the profundity of their ideas and clarity of exposition, and reflect the marked influence of R. Judah Loew b. Bezalel (the Maharal) of Prague. The sections on the Talmud, on tractates Mo'ed and Kiddushin, evidence his wide Jewish scholarship and ability to penetrate to the intended meaning and provide a lucid exposition of the problem, in contrast to the dialectical pilpul method followed by his grandfather.

Paragraph 2    עם שני פירושים... עץ הדעת טוב, מאת... הר' חיים וויטאל זצוקללה"ה, אשר הי' מונח בכי"ק [בכתב יד קדשו] של המחבר בעצמו בבית... אדמו"ר שליט"א מגור. שפת אמת, מאת... מרן יהודא ארי' ליב [אלטר] זצוקללה"ה מגור... שנת ו'ב'ח'ר'ת' ב'ח'י'י'ם'

הפירוש "שפת אמת" כולל ביאורים לתהלים שלא נדפסו ב"שפת אמת" על התורה וכן לקט פירושים לתהלים מתוך "שפת אמת" על התורה, שנלקטו על ידי המו"ל ר' אברהם ישכר בנימין אליהו אלטר. מכתב (הסכמה): ר' אברהם מרדכי אלטער מגור.

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20th Century:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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