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Lot #    19351
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 11:52:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shut Rd'l
Title (Hebrew)    שאלות ותשובות רד'ל
Author    [Eulogy - Only ED.] R. David ben Judah Luria
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    A. Sonnenfeld
Publication Date    1898
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 21, [6] ff., octavo 220:140 mm., wide margins, light age staining, old hands. A good copy not bound.
   Responsa of R. David ben Judah Luria (1798–1855), a Lithuanian rabbi and scholar. Luria was born in Bykhow, Mogilev region. He studied under R. Saul Katzenellenbogen in Vilna, but in 1815 returned to his native town, where he remained for the rest of his life and where he founded a yeshivah. A false accusation that grew out of a family quarrel in Bykhow, supported by letters forged in his name attacking the czarist government, led to his imprisonment in the fortress of Schluesselburg, from which he was released when the forgeries came to light (1837/38). Luria was active in communal affairs and together with R. Isaac Volozhyner met with Sir Moses Montefiore when the latter visited Vilna in 1846 to investigate the condition of the Jews in Russia. R. Luria corresponded with I.B. Levinsohn, encouraging the translation of his book, Zerubavel, as a useful weapon against the calumnious attacks on the Talmud by antisemites and the maskilim. In one of his responsa to the rabbis of Mantua, he vehemently attacked the reformists for their attempts to delete from the liturgy the prayers for the coming of the Messiah and the future redemption (Responsa, Ra-Dal (1898) 21c–d).

R. Luria was regarded as one of the Torah leaders of his generation, particularly after the death of his spiritual mentor, R. Elijah b. Solomon (Gaon of Vilna). His literary works embrace almost all the books of the Oral Law. They are chiefly textual glosses, notes, source references, and expositions of the sayings of the talmudic scholars, reflecting extraordinary knowledge of Torah together with a feeling for scientific criticism and an understanding of the plain meaning reminiscent of the methods followed by the Gaon of Vilna. R. Luria’s responsa are accompanied by a eulogy for R. Joshua Judah Leib Diskin.

Paragraph 2    ... מהגאון... ר' דוד לוריא זצוק"ל מביהעוו ישן. ונלוה אליו בסוף קונטרס אבל משה, הספד על מות הגאון... מוהרי"ל [יהושע יהודה ליב] דיסקין ... הופיע לאור ע"י אליהו בהר"א (אלעזר) לאנדא נכד הגר"א מווילנא... שנת ט'ו'ב' ע'ל' י'ש'ר'א'ל'
   CD-EPI 0143689
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
Other:    Eulogy
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica