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Lot #    14198
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 12:09:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Beurei ha-Zohar
Title (Hebrew)    ביאורי הזהר
Author    [First Ed. - Habad] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Lemberg
Publisher    S. L. Flecker
Publication Date    1861
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Partial first edition. [2], 64, 31-34, 69-84, 40, 31-34; [12] 13-25 [i.e. 21] ff., 255:182 mm., usual light staining, nice margins, stamps, few minor wormholes. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed and split.
   Habad homilies of the Ba'al ha-Tanya in a commentary to the Zohar as transcribed by his son R. Dov Ber.

R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidim was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about Hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the Hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a chasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.

Paragraph 2    מכבוד אדמו"ר ... ר' דוב בער נ"י מה ששמע מאביו כבוד אדמו"ר ... שניאור זלמן נבג"מ אשר דרש דרש בכל ליל שבת לפני בניו שי' ושם פניו על כאדמו"ר שי' שהוא יכתוב כל הדברים ששמע מפיו ... ... ועתה ניתוסף ([בספירה שניה, עם שער מיוחד:] הוספות לספר ביאורי הזהר) על כמה סדרות דברים יקרים מהרב המחבר ... נוסף על מה שנדפס בקאפוסט בשנת תקע"ו ...

"בקאפוסט תקע"ו", בשני השערים, באותיות בולטות. הטעויות שצוינו ב"לוח התיקון" שבהוצאת קאפוסט תוקנו בפנים. ראינו טופס שמשערו נשמטו שם הספר בלועזית והדפוסת, ודף [2,א] סודר מחדש.

   CD-EPI 0181144; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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