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Lot #    16750
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 1:48:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Jesode ha-thora: Glaubens- und Pflichtenlehre
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    Dr. S. Herxheimer
City    Leipzig
Publisher    Rossberg'schen Buchhandlung
Publication Date    1886
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   vi, [2], 152 pp., 185:124 mm., corners rounded, age and hse staining, stamps, plates, bound in later boards, rubbed.
   A textbook for teaching Jewish children the basics of the Jewish religion. This title was issued in many editions beginning in 1843, and the present item is the thirtieth edition of this work. The author, Dr. S. Herxheimer, was a German rabbi; born Feb. 6, 1801, at Dotzheim, near Wiesbaden; died Dec. 25, 1884, at Berenberg. At the age of thirteen he began his theological studies at Mayence, in the yeshivah of Rabbi Herz Scheyer, applying himself assiduously at the same time to secular studies under Michael Creizenach. Four years later he left Mayence to accept a position as private tutor at Herborn, Nassau, where he remained until 1824. In that year he entered the University of Marburg, where he studied pedagogy, history, and Oriental languages.

After three years at Marburg, he went to Göttingen; after passing (1827) the necessary examination, he was appointed religious instructor at Eschwege, and became district rabbi Nov. 6, 1830. While at Eschwege he wrote "Yesode ha-Torah," which reached its twenty-ninth edition in 1883.

While untiring in his efforts for the moral elevation of the young, Herxheimer's chief aim was the development of agricultural pursuits among his coreligionists. He also devoted much time and effort to the amelioration of the condition of Palestinian and Turkish Jews. In addition to the "Yesode ha-Torah" he wrote: "Der Pentateuch im Hebräischen Texte mit Worttreuer Uebersetzung und mit Fortlaufender Erklärung," 1841; "Die Propheten und Hagiographen im Text mit Uebersetzung und Fortlaufendem Commentar," 1841-48; "Israelitische Glauben- und Pflichten-Lehre," 1836.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Childrens Literature:    Checked
Language:    German, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica