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Lot #    12721
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 1:05:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Die Familien Prags
Title (Hebrew)    משפחות ק'ק פראג על פי מצבותיהן
Author    [Only Ed.] Author Simon Hock (Sinai)
City    Pressburg (Bratislava)
Publisher    Abraham ibn David Alkalai
Publication Date    1892
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 36, 402. [1] pp. with portrait, octavo, 210:142 mm., usual heavy age staining, wide margins. A good copy bound in later boards.
   Genealogical treasure on the history and families of Jewish Prague based on tombstones by Simon Hock (Sinai). Hock spent several years collecting this material which was published posthumously, edited and with an introduction by the noted scholar Dr. David Kaufmann. The text is in Hebrew in two columns in square letters. Kaufman’s introduction is in German.

Simon Hock (Sinai, 1815–1887) was a Prague businessman but also a historian and journalist. He collected a vast body of material on old Jewish Prague, published in part in his friend Koppelmann Lieben's Gal-Ed (1858), and mainly after Hock's death by David Kaufmann, as Mishpehot Prag (1892). Writing anonymously because of the censorship, in the 1840s Hock was correspondent of the Allgemeine Zeitung des Judentums and the Orient, and during the 1848 revolutions reported for the Oesterreichisches Centralorgan on the anti-Jewish outbreaks connected with these uprisings. In a number of his articles he demanded that the Prague community be made more democratic. Especially interesting is the degree of Jewish national consciousness he displayed. Hock vigorously opposed radical reform, mainly as exemplified by Mendel Hess and his Israelit des XIX. Jahrhunderts, claiming that from the champions of Reform would emerge a hierarchy suppressing freedom of religious practice such as Judaism had never known. He contributed articles on Jewish scholarship to I. H. Weiss' Beit Talmud and other periodicals, and was among the founders of the Afikei Yehudah association (1869). His unpublished correspondence is preserved in the Central Jewish Museum, Prague.

David Kaufmann (1852–1899), Austrian scholar. Kaufmann was born in Kojetein, Moravia, and received his first instruction in Talmud from Jakob Bruell. From 1867 to 1877 he attended the rabbinical seminary in Breslau and also studied at the university there. In 1874 he received his doctorate at Leipzig, for a dissertation concerning Sa'adiah's philosophy of religion, which he subsequently published as a part of his Attributenlehre (1877). He began teaching Jewish history, religious philosophy, and homiletics at the new rabbinical seminary in Budapest, where he remained until his death.

Kaufmann was a scholar of unusually wide and thorough knowledge and produced an astonishingly large number of works in his short life, almost 30 books and over 500 smaller essays and book reviews. His work was distinguished also for its literary style.

Paragraph 2    מעשה ידי ר' סיני האק זצ"ל. הו"ל ... דוד ב"ר ליב קויפמאנן ...

36, [1] עמ': מבוא גרמני, מאת דוד קויפמאנן,

שער נוסף: Die Familien Prags. Nach den Epitaphien des alten juedischen Friedhofs in Prag. Zusammengestellt von Simon Hock. Aus dessen Nachlasse herausgegeben, mit Anmerkungen versehen und biographisch eingeleitet von Prof. Dr. David Kaufmann ...

ערוך בסדר א"ב של שמות המשפחה. מבוסס על רשימות כתובות על גבי מצבות בבית העלמין העתיק בפראג, שנאספו על ידי החברה קדישא של הקהילה. "הערות והגהות לס' משפחות ק"ק פראג" פרסם דובער ווכשטיין בספר מחקרים לזכרון ר' עמרם קאהוט ז"ל, ניו-יורק תרצ"ו.

   EJ; JE; BE mem 4236; CD-EPI 0126657
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica