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Lot #    16510
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 11:49:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Birkhat ha-Nehenin
Title (Hebrew)    סדר ברכות הנהנין
Author    [Habad] R. Shnuer Zalman of Liady
City    Warsaw
Publisher    Nathan Schriftgisser
Publication Date    1844
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   22 ff., 193:117 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, stamps. A good copy bound in later boards.
   Laws of washing the hands before meals by R. Shnuer Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism. He 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. Shnuer 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 Hasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shnuer 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    מעבר לשער אישור הצנזור י' טוגנדהולד מיום 26 אפריל 1844. על-פי ווארשא תר"א, 1840, בתוספת שורה אחת בסופו: "גם הסימנים החסרים בהש"ע של הרב המחבר מהלכה זו נמצאים בזה הספר", ובהשמטת שתי שורות בשער: "ועלת הספר ידוע לכל מבקש דבר ה' זו הלכה ברורה לאמיתתה של תורה". כן פוענחו תארי המחבר: אדמ"ו ... או"ע ... נ"י (נזר[!] ישראל), ונוסף: ותפארתו ... מרנא ורבנא.
   CD-EPI 0181146; Mundschein, Sifrei ha-Halaha p. 224-225; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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