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Lot #    14220
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 12:20:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mashal u-Melizah Vol. 2
Title (Hebrew)    משל ומליצה
Author    [Only Ed.] Marcus (Mordecai) Weissman-Chajes
City    Vienna
Publisher    A. della Torre
Publication Date    1861
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 27 pp., 174:107 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original title wrappers.
   Volume 2 of 6, published over a period of years. Marcus (Mordecai) b. Isaac Judah Loeb Weissman-Chajes (1831-1914), Austrian scholar; born at Tarnow, Galicia. He was destined for a rabbinical career, and began early to receive instruction in the Talmud and in rabbinics, among his tutors being Israel Rapoport, then rabbi of Tarnow. When only ten years of age he commenced writing versified Hebrew letters, and five years later he wrote his "Mappalat ha-Mitkashsherim," a metrical composition treating of the failure of the Polish revolt. Part of this work appeared in the "Maggid Mishneh" (1872) under the title "Aharit Mered."

In 1872 he founded in Lemberg the "Maggid Mishneh," a semimonthly periodical devoted to Jewish history and to Hebrew literature; of this publication, however, only four numbers appeared. In the following year he settled in Vienna, where he edited the thirty-seventh number of the "Kokebe Yizhak," founded by Stern, its previous editor. During the years 1874 to 1876 he edited the "Wiener Jüdische Zeitung," a Judæo-German weekly.

Weissmann-Chajes is the author of: "Mashal u-Melizah" (vol. i., Tarnow, 1860; vols. ii.-iii., Vienna, 1861-62; iv.-vi., Lemberg, 1863-64), an alphabetically arranged collection of Talmudic proverbs rendered into metrical rimes; "Allon Bakut" (Lemberg, 1863), elegies on the deaths of Mordecai Zeeb Ettinger and Jacob Gutwirth; "Mar'eh Makom we-Haggahot" (Krotoschin, 1866), index and glosses to the Jerusalem Talmud, appended to the Krotoschin edition; "Hokmah u-Musar" (Vienna, 1875), parables and legends rendered into metrical verse; "Hatan Bereshit we-Hatan Torah" (ib. 1883; a reprint from "Ha-'Ibri"), the 613 commandments derived by means of notarikon from "bereshit," the initial word of the Pentateuch; and "Mille di-Bediḥuta" (ib. 1884), versified epigrams and humorous sayings. In 1893 a second edition of the "Mashal u-Meliẓah" appeared under the title "Divre Hakamim we-Hidotam" (ib. 1893); in this edition the Talmudic proverbs are supplied with rimed explanations.

Paragraph 2    ... בסדר א"ב משלי מוסר ומשלים המוניים ... הנמצאים בשני התלמודים וכל המדרשים, ואגדות סתומות ומאמרים פליאים אשר רוח המליצה נוססה בם ... הכל מפורש ... ע"ד שיר ... לבד מהעתקות שירים ומשלים ... ומכתמים ... והערות חדשות ... מאת מרדכי ווייסמאן חיות ... (מחברת [א]-ו).

הסכמה: ר' אברהם הכהן, פאריז, כח טבת תרכ"ב. - ג הסכמה: ר' אברהם יענר, קראקא, ט ניסן תרי"ח. - ו

ב: אות א. Wien, דפוס 1861 ,A. della Torre. [2] 27 עמ'

   Sokolow, Sefer Zikkaron, pp. 43-44; Zeitlin, Bibl. Post-Mendels. pp. 410-411; JE; CD-EPI 0131447
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Austria
Other:    Haskalah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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