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Lot #    16321
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 10:16:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Divrei Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    דברי חיים
Author    [Hasidim - First Ed.] R. Hayyim Halberstam
City    Mukachevo (Munkacs)
Publisher    Pinkas Blayer
Publication Date    1877
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition, [2], 84, [5]; [2], 72; 48 ff., 238:179 mm., usual age staining, wide margins, sharp edges. A very good copy bound in modern full leather over boards, tooled in blind.
   Hasidic commentary to the Pentateuch, Holidays, and several responsa and novellae. R. Hayyim b. Arye Loeb Halberstam (1793–1876), founder of the Zanz hasidic dynasty was born in Tarnogrod. As a youth Hayyim was brought to R. Jacob Isaac the hozeh ("seer") of Lublin who strongly influenced him and he became a Hasid; he studied under R. Naphtali of Ropczyce and R. Zevi Hirsch of Zhidachov. R. Hayyim also studied with R. Zevi Hirsch of Rymanow, R. Shalom Rokeah of Belz, and R. Israel of Ruzhin. In 1830 he was appointed rabbi of Nowy Sacz (Zanz). R. Hayyim administered his yeshivah in the best scholarly tradition of the old-style yeshivot in Poland. He would not permit his pupils to cultivate Hasidism until a late stage. Thus both Hasidim and mitnaggedim were attracted to his yeshivah. Known as strict in matters of learning and observance, he conducted his "court" modestly and discreetly and avoided the splendor and luxury customary at the "courts" of other zaddikim in that period. R. Hayyim wrote: Divrei Hayyim (Zolkiew, 1864), on ritual purity and divorce laws; responsa Divrei Hayyim (Lemberg, 1875), and Divrei Hayyim (Munkacz, 1877), hasidic sermons on Torah and the festivals. His works reveal a profound knowledge of the Talmud and commentaries, the midrashim, and medieval philosophical literature. He quotes widely from R. Judah Halevi's Kuzari, Maimonides, Nahmanides, and R. Abraham ibn Daud. From later literature, he cites R. Isaiah Horowitz, R. Judah Loew of Prague, the prayer book of R. Jacob Emden, and his teachers in Kabbalah and Hasidism. An opponent of asceticism, R. Hayyim was an exponent of the ecstatic mode of prayer and developed the hasidic melody. In his writings he emphasized the duty of charity and criticized zaddikim who lived luxuriously.
Paragraph 2    ... פנינים ... ציצים ופרחים. בהלכה ופלפול ... פעולת ... אאמ"ו ... מרן חיים האלברשטאם זלל"הה האבד"ק צאנז והגליל (ואנחנו בני ... המחבר ... השתדלנו בהדפסת זה החיבור) ... חלק א-ב.

מח דף: חי' על מס' ב"מ. בראש כל חלק הקדמת בני המחבר. חלק א: על התורה. תרל"ז. [2], פד, [5] דף. חלק ב: על מועדים וחי[דושים] על ב"מ [בבא מציעא]. תרל"ח, 1877. [2], עב; מח דף.

   CD-EPI 0118598; EJ; M. Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, 2 (1963), pp. 208–15; H. Rabinowicz, The World of Hasidim (1970), p. 227
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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