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Lot #    12517
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 11:25:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Inschriften des alten Friedhofs der israelitis
Title (Hebrew)    אבני זכרון
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Mordecai Horovitz
City    Frankfort am Main
Publisher    J. Kauffmann
Publication Date    1901
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 696, [1], LIII, 768-697, [5], [2 photo charts] pp., 212:140 mm., usual light age staining, nice margins, A very good copy bound in later cloth boards.
   Added t.p.: Die Inschriften des alten Friedhofs der israelitischen Gemeinde zu Frankfurt a.M. Mit einer Einleitung von Dr. M. Horovitz, Rabbiner ...

Listing of the inscriptions of tombstones in the old Frankfurt cemetery by R. Mordecai b. Joseph Hayyim ha-Levi Horovitz (Marcus, 1844–1910), Orthodox rabbi, historian, and halakhist in Germany. Horovitz was born in Ladany (near Tokaj), Hungary. He studied in Verbo, Hungary, under Hayyim Zevi Mannheimer and at the Eisenstadt yeshiva under Azriel Hildesheimer, whose favorite pupil he became. His reminiscences of his youth in Hungary were published as Von Liszka nach Berlin (1914; previously in Die Juedische Presse, vol. 1, 1870). After serving as rabbi in Germany at Lauenburg and Gnesen, in 1878 he accepted a call to become the first Orthodox rabbi of the Frankfort on the Main general community after Reform had eliminated all Orthodox institutions. Beginning in 1851, S. R. Hirsch had developed a small but fast-growing independent Orthodox congregation and in 1876 had obtained the legal right for his and similar congregations to secede from the general Jewish congregation, until then the only body recognized by the state. Horovitz was one of the few Orthodox rabbis who refused to sign Hirsch's petition to the Prussian Diet. The growing strength of Hirsch's kehillah induced the general community to make concessions to the Orthodox. Horovitz had to face the intense hostility of Hirsch's followers in addition to the Reform opposition. By dint of his strong yet tolerant personality he succeeded beyond expectation in establishing Orthodox synagogues and institutions. He joined the Allgemeiner Rabbinerverband, whose vice-chairman he became, the Hilfsverein der deutschen Juden, the B'nai B'rith movement, and similar non-Orthodox organizations. He also joined Hildesheimer in establishing the Traditionell-Gesetzestreuer Rabbinerverband, which did not discriminate between secessionist and communal rabbis. Horovitz's attitude to emerging Zionism was ambivalent. On the one hand he strongly supported various attempts in aid of the yishuv in Palestine but on the other hand he feared the secularization inherent in Zionism and signed the declaration of the Protestrabbiner. Horovitz made a series of contributions to Jewish scholarship, particularly in history. He wrote Frankfurter Rabbinen (4 vols., 1881–85; 19692), a study of the work and personalities of the rabbis who served that community; Die Inschriften des alten Friedhofs der israelitischen Gemeinde zu Frankfurt a. M. (1901); and Juedische Aerzte in Frankfurt a. M. (1886). In the field of halakhah, his responsa Matteh Levi (vol. 1, 1891; vol. 2, ed. by his son Jacob, 1932) show his Talmudic learning.

Paragraph 2    הכתב והמכתב מבית הקברות הישן דק"ק ורנקנורט על נהר מוין, עם הקדמה והערות, מאת מרדכי הלוי הורוויץ חפק"ק...

עברית וגרמנית. כולל כתובות של מצבות משנת ל"ב (1272) עד שנת תר"ה (1845) וכן מצבות ללא תאריכים.

   J. Unna, in: M. Horovitz, Frankfurter Rabbinen (1969), 339–76; EJ; CD-EPI 0137448
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
History:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew, German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica