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Lot #    16471
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 11:30:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Alata; Am Toei Levav
Title (Hebrew)    עלטה יוכיח באותות נאמנים
Author    [Polemic - Kabbalah] Ephraim Deinard
City    St. Louis
Publisher    [Moinester Printing Company]
Publication Date    1927
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only and limited (300) edition. 112; 96 pp., 254:172 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed
   Title translation: This work proves that the Zohar is a pseudepigraphical work. Appended is an anti-hasidic tract (ספר עם תועי לבב). Deinard apologized for any errors and explained that “for almost three years now my eyes have been very weak. I have not been able to see even one letter that my pen produces, and I [can] not read books. I write only out of instinct” (p. 4). Only three hundred copies were printed (p. 1). ...

Ephraim Deinard (1846–1930), bibliographer and Hebrew author. Born in Sasmakken, Latvia, Deinard wandered in his youth, collecting ancient manuscripts and books in many countries, and then established a bookshop in Odessa. In 1897 he tried unsuccessfully to found an agricultural settlement in Nevada (U.S.). An active Zionist, he settled in Palestine in 1913 where he investigated the possibilities of Jewish settlement. After being expelled by the Turks in 1916 he returned to the United States and continued his bibliographical work. His two most noteworthy bibliographical works are Or Mayer: Catalogue of the Old Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books of the Library of the Hon. Mayer Sulzberger of Philadelphia (1896) and Koheleth America (1926), a listing of Hebrew books published in America from 1735 to 1926. The first part of the latter work contains essays on the state of Hebrew literature in America, which are written in his unadorned, but typically acerbic, style. He laid the foundations of the Hebrew book and manuscript collections of the Library of Congress with the financial aid of Jacob Schiff. A violent polemicist on many controversial subjects, he attacked Reform Judaism, Hasidism, Christianity, and Karaism. Deinard was a prolific Hebrew writer, producing more than 50 books and pamphlets often signed with his pseudonym, Adir. These included Toledot Even Reshef (1879; a biography of Abraham Firkovich, whom he knew in the Crimea); Sefer Massa Krim (1878; on travels in Crimea); Massa le-Erez Kedem (1883; travels in Palestine and Egypt); Sefer Miflagot be-Yisrael (1899; on the Subbotniki and Hasidim); Zikhronot Bat Ammi (1920; a history of Russian Jewry over the previous 70 years). He also published several short-lived Hebrew and Yiddish journals, among them Ha-Le'ummi, one of the earliest Hebrew periodicals in America.

Paragraph 2    עלטה יוכיח באותות נאמנים, בלי כל ספק בעולם, כי ספר הזהר הוא מזויף, ולא לרשב"י. וכי בקבלה היא אלילית ואלהים לא הבין דרכה. והחסידות הבעשט"ית היא קאטאליציזום חדש במעטפה עברית, ולא לישראל היאמאת אפרים דיינארד ...

עמ' עם שער מיוחד: ספר עם תועי לבב. יספר לדור תהלת החסידים וקדושיהם, חכמתם וסכלותם ... [מאת] הצעיר אפרים דיינארד. (נדפס 300 עקז.)

   CD-EPI 0125906; EJ; Deinard, America 648
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica