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Lot #    12659
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 12:34:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zevi Hemed
Title (Hebrew)    כח התורה - צבי חמד
Author    [Only Ed. - Polemic] R. Zevi Hirsch Friedman
City    New York
Publisher    Friedman Art Press
Publication Date    1924
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [8], 3-36 ff., 315:190 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.
   Polemic responsa in the matter of a woman who was granted a divorce, one year after marriage, on the discredited certification of a doctor that the husband was incapable of performing male functions. The grantor of the divorce, R. Judah Goldberg, states in his responsa that an additional consideration for granting the divorce was the offer of a substantial sum by the woman's father.

First edition of Zevi Hemed, a Torah publication issued for more than four decades, published by R. Zevi Hirsch Friedman. The title page has a pillared frame. At the top are the verses, “so I gave you a cherished land, the finest heritage” (Jeremiah 3:19) and, “His mouth is most sweet; and he is altogether lovely” (Song of Songs 5:16). The title page describes it as a publication concerned with halakhic issues and responsa. The author describes himself as the Rav, Av Bet Din of Ahavat Jeshurun in New York, a founder of the yeshiva Bet Hillel, and earlier Av Bet Din of האטסעג. The address of the press, belonging to Samuel Freidman, 140 Lewis Street, is given at the bottom and on the verso of the title page. There is a page with the names of honorees at the top, namely Hillel Kohen known as Dr. Kalin and the head of Agudat ha-Rabbunim in America, R. Israel Rosenberg (1875-1956). Below is the names of the comitte for the printing of “Zwi Chemed”. Next is a page acknowledging R. Friedman’s supporters and the text. Zevi Hemed was a highly regarded scholarly Torah publication dealing with a wide spectrum of issues in halakhah.

R. Zevi Hirsch Friedman learned by the Kidushat Yom Tov of Sighet (R. Hananiah Yom Tov Lipa of Sighet) and the Arugat ha-Bosem of Hust. He was the Av Bet Din of האטסעג, as noted on the title page, and later resided in Brooklyn. In addition to publishing Zevi Hemed he was the author of Helkenu be-Toretecha (New York, 1951), Ha-Shemesh be-Gevurato (New York, 1940).

Paragraph 2    משא ומתן של הלכה, בנוגע למעשה שהיה... בשריותא דהאי איתתא (שהמקדש... הוא איש חלוש ואין לא גבורת אנשים) שדנו עליה [והתירו אותה להינשא בלא גט] בשאלה ותשובה [הנקראת]... כחא דהיתרא [מאת ר' יהודה אליקים גולדברג, ניוא-יארק תרפ"ב]... כה דברי... צבי הירש פריעדמאנן, ראב"ד דקהל... אהבת ישורון פה... מלפנים אבדקה"י האטסעג.

בראש השער: צבי חמד קונטרס ראשון. הסכמות נוספות לחלק זה נדפסו בקונטרס יג של "צבי חמד", הנקרא כח ה' הגדול והנורא. בעמ' האחרון: אברך על המוגמר... שנת... ה'י'ש'ר' ל'פ'נ'י' דרכך [תרפ"ה]. בספר נכללו קטעים רבים מתוך הספר "כחא דהיתרא" הנזכר בשער. בדף [3,א] ובעמ' האחרון מזכיר המחבר את "הקונטרס השני... אשר... קראתיו 'כח חכמים'... שיצא לאור... בשנה הזאת". לא ראינוהו.

   Artzot Hayyim 95b; BE Zadi 16; CD-EPI 0314590; Not in Deinard
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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