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Lot #    12537
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 11:35:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Haggadah
Title (Hebrew)    הגדה לליל שמורים
Author    [Haggadah - Only Ed.] R. Aryeh Leib Frumkin
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Samuel Halevy Zuckerman
Publication Date    1913
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition of commentary. [2], 46, [2] ff., 211:134 mm., wide margins, light staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   With commentary by R. Aryeh Leib Frumkin (1845–1916), rabbinical scholar and writer; pioneer of Jewish settlement in Erez Israel. R. Frumkin studied rabbinics in his native Kelme, Lithuania, and at the Slobodka Yeshivah. He visited Erez Israel in 1867, and after two years in Odessa, returned to Jerusalem in 1871. There he began research for a history of the rabbis and scholars of Jerusalem, Toledot Hakhmei Yerushalayim (Vilna, 1874; ed. by E. Rivlin, Jerusalem, 1928–30, repr. 1969, with biography and index). R. Frumkin's account of his first visit to Jerusalem, Massa Even Shemu'el (1871), gives important source material on conditions in Erez Israel at the time. Returning to Lithuania, R. Frumkin was ordained a rabbi and took a rabbinical post at Ilukste, Latvia. After the 1881 pogroms, R. Frumkin participated, representing Hovevei Zion, in the consultations held in Germany to consider the plight of Russian Jewry. There he advocated settlement in Erez Israel as a solution, opposing emigration to the United States. With the financial support of Emil Lachman, a wealthy Berlin Jew, he bought land in Petah Tikvah, built the first house there, and began a heroic ten-year period as a farmer-scholar, braving malaria and other dangers, establishing a talmud torah and a small yeshivah, and persuading more settlers to move there from Yehud. Lachman eventually refused to continue endowing the enterprise and Frumkin was compelled to leave the settlement. In 1894 he went to London and was active in Jewish life in the East End. He established a wine business, using the income to return to Erez lsrael in 1911, where he lived first in Jerusalem and then returned to Petah Tikvah.

Apart from Toledot Hakhmei Yerushalayim, R. Frumkin's main contribution to Jewish scholarship is his edition of Seder Rav Amram (of R. Amram ben Sheshna) which he published as a large siddur (from an Oxford Ms.), with a commentary and notes (Jerusalem, 1910–12). He also published a biographical sketch of his uncle, Elias b. Jacob, called Toledot Eliyahu (1900), a Passover Haggadah (with Gei Hizzayon commentary, 1913), and an edition of the Book of Esther with two commentaries (1893).

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   Yudlov 2580; Yaari 1825; CD-EPI 0185722; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Haggadah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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