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Der Zanzer Zaddik
דער סאנזער צדיק ר' חיים האלברשטאם זצ'ל
[Polemic - Hasidim] R. Joshua Racker
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Only edition. , 225,  pp., 197:139 mm., usual age staining. A very good copy bound in the original half-title boards, rubbed.
Biography of R. Hayyim Halberstam the Rebbe of Zanz. The majority of the book, however, is devoted to the Zanz-Sadagora controversy. The dispute between the Hasidim of Zanz and Sadagora, lay in the basic difference between the Zanz pattern of Hasidism with its stress on traditional learning and ecstatic expression in religious life and the manner of life adopted by R. Israel of Ruzhin and followed by his descendants. They lived in almost literally royal style, in the utmost luxury and splendor, which aroused resentment and opposition particularly of the Hasidim of Zanz, and also of the conservative Hasidim of Galicia generally. The publication of Dov Baer of Lyova, the youngest son of R. Israel of Ruzhin, in which he renounced Hasidism and expressed his support of the Haskalah, gave the Hasidim of Zanz a weapon against the dynasty of Ruzhin. R. Hayyim Halberstam, Admor of Zanz, issued a letter in which he openly expressed his strong reservations about the way of life of the Sadagora Hasidim. It was circulated throughout Galicia, and a stormy debate between the two hasidic groups ensued. A rabbinical convention in the Ukraine called for the excommunication of R. Hayyim and even demanded that he should be handed over to the authorities. The dispute reached Erez Israel, where it took on an added dimension in affecting the financial arrangements of the halukkah, and apportionment of the money from Poland, to support the community in Erez Israel. A number of rabbis, including R. Joseph Saul Nathanson of Lvov and R. Dov Berush Meisels, rabbi of Warsaw, R. Hayyim's brother-in-law, attempted to reconcile the opposing parties. The Hungarian rabbis intervened without success. After several months the dispute died down, but R. Hayyim remained consistent in his opinions on the matter.
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