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Lot #    19294
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 11:24:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Keter Shem Tov
Title (Hebrew)    כתר שם טוב
Author    [Montefiore - Haskalah] Abraham M. M. Mohr
City    Lemberg
Publisher    Joseph Schnander
Publication Date    1847
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. 16 pp., 180:114 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamp. A very good copy not bound.
          
Detailed
Description
   Work in praise of Sir Moses Montefiore (1784–1885), particualry for his efforts on behalf of Russian Jewry (Montefiore visited Russia in 1846 to persuade the authorities to alleviate persecution of the Jewish population). The volume begins with the famous line, from Moses (Moshe Rabbenu) until Moses (Montefiore) there was none Moses, There is verse that begins, “Moses ben Amram brought the Israelites out from under the burdens of Egytpt// and Moses Montefiore redeemed them from death to life.” The volume concludes with a letter of appreciation from Sir Moses Montefiore.

Abraham Menahem Mendel Mohr (1815–1868), Hebrew scholar, was born in Lemberg. He was a maskil who wrote in Hebrew and Yiddish. His fecund literary work commenced in 1834 when he published Magen ha-Hokhmah, in which he defended science and philosophy. Together with N. I. Fischmann, Jacob Bodek (Mohr’s brother-in-law), and Jacob Mentsch he issued the two volume Ha-Ro'eh u-Mevakker Sifrei Mehabberei Zemannenu (1837, 1839), in which famous scholars such as S. L. Rapoport, S. D. Luzzatto, and S. J. Reggiowere harshly criticized. The book aroused the anger of his contemporaries. His publication Yerushalayim, which appeared for three issues (1844–45), was more moderate. In 1848–49 he published a Yiddish newspaper, Tsaytung, which at the time was the only Yiddish newspaper in the world. Mohr wrote about the Rothschilds (Tiferet Yisrael, 1843), Columbus (1846), and Napoleon III (Hut ha-Meshullash, 1853). His works also included Mevasseret Ziyyon, (1847), a geography of Palestine and its Jewish inhabitants, and his Purim parodies Kol Bo le-Purim (1855) and Shulhan Arukh Even ha-Shetiyyah (1861). He published editions of Mikveh Yisrael by Manasseh Ben Israel (1847) and La-Yesharim Tehillah by M. H. Luzzatto (1859).

          
Paragraph 2    לראש שרי קדש, השר... משה... מאנטפיארע... ותמתו אשת נעוריו... יהודית... כולל קצת צדקות וחסדי התמימים האלה, ודרכם... להושיע לבני ישראל היושבים בארץ רוסיא. מאת אברהם מנחם מענדיל מאהר מלבוב. נדפס שנית עם איזה הוספות מהמחבר.

עמ' טו: התפלה אשר חבר הרב... מהר"ל אדלער נ"י... לאמר בכל בתי כנסיות בעד שלום ... רבי משה מאנטפיארע ואשתו... יהודית תחי'. עמ' טז: איגרת משה מאנטפיורי אל המחבר, לונדון, ד אלול תר"ו. בספרו שבילי עולם, חלק ג, 1865 LEMBERG, עמ' קמז, כותב המחבר שההוצאה הראשונה של כתר שם טוב נדפסה בלבוב תר"ו.

          
Reference
Description
   BE 774; Vinograd, Lemberg 770; CD-EPI 0147180
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
History:    Checked
Other:    Haskala
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica