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Lot #    16655
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 1:00:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tel Talpiot
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Isaiah Silberstein, R. David Zevi Katzburg
City    Waitzen (Ungvarn)
Publisher    Moses Elia Kahan
Publication Date    1892-96
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], ii, 183, 160, [4], 148, [4], 137 pp., folio, 240:200 mm., usual age staining. Good copies bound in later boards.
   Monthly rabbinical periodical published under the direction of R. Isaiah Zilberstein and R. David Katzburg. Tel Talpiot was the first such periodical in Hungary It was devoted chiefly to halakhah, both theoretical and practical, and among other things it clarified halakhic problems that had arisen because of contemporary conditions, such as the use of electricity on the Sabbath, machine baking of mazzot, civil marriages, and problems of religion during World War I (in later issues) These discussions had considerable repercussions in the rabbinical world. Tel Talpiot also included articles on homiletics, aggadah, and exegesis, as well as on communal problems. Of considerable historical importance are the discussions on Zionism among the Orthodox that arose as a result of the emergence of political Zionism in 1896. R. Katzburg took up a positive attitude to settlement in Erez Israel. The contributors to Tel Talpiot were mostly from Hungary but also included scholars from Russia, Germany, Holland, and the United States. It appeared at first as a biweekly and after World War I as a monthly. This volume is from the first edition through 1896. An index to the first 45 volumes appeared in 1967.

R. David Zevi Katzburg (18561937), talmudic scholar, author, and editor. Katzburg was born in Vac near Budapest to a rabbinic family originating in Moravia. He studied under the most distinguished rabbis of Hungary, including R. Hezekiah Feivel Plaut of Surany and R. Simhah Bunim Sofer of Pressburg. After completing his studies he engaged in business for a short time and also served as rabbi in several communities. In 1892 he returned to Vac and that same year he began the publication of Tel Talpiot. R. Katzburg was the author of: Zer Zedek (1878), sermons on and expositions of the Bible and rabbinic dicta; Mevasser Zedek (1911), on Avot; Mevasser Zedek (1922), sermons; Iggeret Zedek Olamim (1918), on socialism in the light of Torah and Judaism; Yalkut ha-Melizot, 2 vols. (193136), homilies on the Pentateuch; Raz Hadek (1938), religious philosophy; Pirhei Kehunnah (1940), talmudic novellae; and Sheloshah Sefarim Niftahim (1942), on halakhah and on Zionist topics.

R. Isaiah Silberstein (18571930) was son of the renowned R. David Judah Leib Silberstein (Shevilei David, d. 1894). R. Isaiah Silberstien was two years old when his father went to Jerusalem, and he returned with him to Hungary. At first he was a cloth merchant but in 1884 became rabbi of Vacz. He was the author of Maasai le-Melekh (2 vols., 191330), on the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides. He was a critic for the literary periodical Tel-Talpiyyot issued in Vacz under the editorship of R. David Zevi Katzburg, in which, in 1904, he expressed his opposition to Zionism and the Mizrachi, although at the same time he supported the old yishuv in Jerusalem.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Other:    Periodical
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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