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Lot #    16452
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 11:20:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Peri Kodesh Hillulim
Title (Hebrew)    פרי קדש הלולים
Author    [Kabbalah]R. Zevi Hirsch Eichenstein of Zhidachov
City    Lvov (Lemberg)
Publisher    Jides Rosanes
Publication Date    1833
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [1], 21; 15, [1] ff., quarto, 218:182 mm., usual age staining and fraying, paper repair to title not affecting text. A very good copy bound in modern half leather and cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Introduction to R. Hayyim Vital's Peri Ez Hayyim by R. Zevi Hirsch Eichenstein of Zhidachov (1785–1831), the dynasty's founder and most outstanding personality, was born in the village of Safrin, Hungary. In his youth he was known as a brilliant Torah scholar and while still a young man, he devoted himself mainly to the study of the Kabbalah. Under the influence of his brother, R. Moses of Sambor (d. 1840), he became a Hasid and the outstanding disciple of R. Jacob Isaac ha-Hozeh ("the Seer") of Lublin. In addition, R. Zevi Hirsch studied with R. Moses Leib of Sasov, whom he also considered to be his mentor, and with R. Baruch of Medzhibezh, among others. Only after the death of R. Jacob Isaac of Lublin did he become the leader of a large hasidic community.

His unique approach to Hasidism, which aroused the opposition of other hasidic leaders, consisted in strengthening the kabbalistic-philosophical foundation of the movement. He wrote a number of important works on mysticism, and his disciples and followers were distinguished from other streams of Hasidism by their open and dedicated study of the system of R. Isaac Luria, whose thought they considered to be a direct forerunner of Hasidism. R. Zevi Hirsch saw Hasidism as the means by which the ideals of the important later kabbalists could be put into practice, and, in addition, he maintained that no understanding of Hasidism was possible without a deep knowledge of Kabbalah.

Among his numerous disciples were his brother, R. Judah Zevi of Rozdol, and his nephew, R. Isaac Eizik of Komarno. The well-known Malbim (R. Meir Leib b. Jehiel of Michael) studied Kabbalah under R. Zevi Hirsch. The 11th of Tammuz, the date of R. Zevi Hirsch's passing, became a day of celebration, when his disciples, admirers, and the adherents of closely related hasidic sects made a pilgrimage to his grave.

          
Paragraph 2    והוא הקדמה לפרי עץ החיים [לר' חיים ויטאל] ... מאת ... ר' צבי הירש זידיטשוב (המביא לביה"ד ... יוסף בהרבני ... ר' חיים בנימין כ"ץ רפאפורט ... חתן המחבר ... ר' יהודה צבי בהרב ... ר' משה נ"י אחי המחבר הקדוש נ"ע ... טרח ויגע בהגהת מחברת הלז) ...

הספירה השנייה: דרוש שלש רגלים; דרוש לפסח; דרוש לספירה. דף טו, ב-[1]: מכתב עוז ... איגרת רבינו ... לכבוד חתנו ... ר' יהודה צבי נ"י אב"ד דק"ק ראזדיל.

שם הדפוס ושנת הדפוס בשער אינם אלא זיוף מטעמי צנזורה. פרטי-השנה בדברי-הסיום של ר' יוסף (בעמוד האחרון: י'ש'ר'א'ל' ו'י'ה'ו'ד'ה'; ו'י'ב'ש'ר' ל'ג'א'ו'ל'ה') עולים אל נכון: תקצ"ג. גם בהקדמתו (מעבר לשער) מזכיר ר' יוסף את המחבר בברכת המתים והוא מוסיף: "זה לי שנה תמימה כאשר העליתי לפניכם בכורי ראשית פרי אדמו"ר ... הקדמה ודרך עץ החיים", שנדפס בשנת תקצ"ב.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0109504; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Hasidic:    Checked
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
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