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Lot #    13943
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 10:11:39 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Agreement signed by prominent Hungarian rabbis
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מרבני פעסט
Author    [Ms.]
City    Pest
Publication Date    1811
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 347:240 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, neat Ashkenazic script, text in the hand of R. Israel Wahrmann, dated, signed by both rabbis and witnessed.
   Signed by R. Israel Wahrmann (1755–1826), Hungarian rabbi. R. Wahrmann, who was born in Obuda, Hungary, studied at the yeshivot of Eisenstadt, Pressburg (Bratislava), and Prague. He subsequently served as rabbi in Posen, Bodrogkeresztur, and Pest (from 1799), where he had been living since 1796. As a result of his efforts, the first Jewish elementary school was opened in Pest in 1814. In 1825 R. Wahrmann obtained an edict ordering that Jewish secondary school students should receive instruction in their own religion even when attending schools maintained by Christian denominations. He introduced regular synagogue services for young people on the Sabbath, preaching the sermons himself. The first constitution of the Jewish congregation of Pest was a result of his efforts, as was the foundation of the Shi'ur Society for the promotion of learning, and other communal institutions (such as Bikkur Holim). Land for the Jewish cemetery of Pest was acquired during Wahrmann's ministry. Two of his sermons were published.

Signed by R. Simeon b. David Oppenheim (1753-1851), Rabbi of Pest. He was born in Kromau, Moravia, and passed on at Pest. His graveside has become an annual pilgrimage where many wonderful stories are told of miraculous deeds. He seems to have pursued his studies in Prague, where he lived at the end of the eighteenth century. He published: Ammud ha-Shahar (Prague, 1789) variation of of Baruch Lindau's text-book of geography, natural science; Nezer ha-Kodest (Ofen 1831) on religious ethics, which includes major parts of R. Jehiel ben Jekuthiel Anaw's "Ma'alot ha-Middot" (Cremona, 1556); Har ha-Karmel (Prague 1812), novellae on the laws, in the Yoreh De'ah, of menstruation and ritual bath. His father-in-law was R. Loeb Oppenheim, rabbi in Freistadt, from whom he adopted the family name.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Decree
Kind of Judaica