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Lot #    20221
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:44:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Yehi Reuben
Title (Hebrew)    יחי ראובן
Author    [Only Ed. - Hasidim] R. Reuben Hayyim Weinberger
City    Mukachevo
Publisher    Eliezer Jehiel Kalish
Publication Date    1937
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 24 ff., octavo 208:150 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Only edition of the midrashim and novellae from R. Reuben Hayyim ben Isaac Zevi Weinberger which he heard from the admor of Belz, R. Issachar Dov Rokeah. The title page states that it is part two, on tractate Hagigah, which includes derushim and ma’amrim accordijng to midrashim words of truth from our holy rabbis, students of the Ba’al Shem Tov and for the most part from novellae that he heard from the Zaddik of Belz. The verso of the title page has an introduction from R. Weinberger followed by approbations from R. Pinhas Landman (R. Aaron av bet din Belz), E. Nissin Yust, R. David Slistel, and an approbation signed by R. Zev Kohen Zelsiger, R. Menahem Weiss, R. Hayyim Sofer, R. Nuta Solomon Schlissel. Next is the text of Yehi Reuben, in a single column in rabbinic letters.

R. Issachar Dov Rokeah (1854–1927), upon whose teachings these novellae are largely based, was the son and successor of R. Joshua Rokeah (1825–1894). R. Issachar Dov Rokeah was greatly influenced by R. Aaron of Chernobyl although R. Aaron taught a form of Hasidism that differed radically from that of the Belz school. R. Issachar Dov was an exacting leader of Galician Orthodoxy and also headed the Mahazikei ha-Dat. In particular he opposed the Agudat Israel and denounced any innovations. He strongly opposed Zionism in any form. In 1914, when the war front reached Belz, he fled to Hungary and lived in Újfehértó where he succeeded in winning many Hungarian Jews to Belz Hasidism. In 1918 he moved to Munkács (Mukacevo ) and became embroiled in a bitter quarrel with the ẓaddik of Munkács which gave rise to a voluminous exchange of polemics. In 1921 R. Issachar Dov returned to Galicia and settled first in Holschitz, near Jaroslaw, moving back to Belz in 1925.

Paragraph 2    על מס' חגיגה ... כולל דרושים ומאמרים עפ"י מדרשים ודברי אמת מרבותינו ... תלמידי בעש"ט ז"ל ששמעתי מההצו"ק מבעלזא [ר' יששכר דוב רוקח] זצל"ה, אשר חנני ד' לפרש ולבאר כפי קט שכלי ... ראובן חיים במו"ה יצחק צבי ז"ל ... חלק א-ב.
   BE yod 512; EJ; CD-EPI 0131122
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Hasidic:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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