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Lot #    20281
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 11:14:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Habad Hasidus – Ma’amar Yeziat Mizraim
Title (Hebrew)    מאמר יציאת מצרים
Author    [Habad] R. Isaac Izik ha-Levi Epstein
City    Vilna
Publisher    Abraham Z. Katzellenbogen
Publication Date    1877
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 58 pp. octavo 220:160 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.
   Discourse on the exodus from Mizraim from a hasidic, kabbalistic, and Habad perspective by R. Isaac Izik ben Mordecai ha-Levi Epstein. Published posthumously, the title page informs that this is one of ten discourses that the author left over. It was published by his grandsons, R. Zevi Dov and R. Eliezer Shimon. The text is in two columns in rabbinic type. Ma’amar Yetziat Mizraim is a popular work and has been reprinted several times.

R. Isaac Izik ben Mordecai ha-Levi Epstein (c. 1780–1857) was a talmudist and kabbalist. R. Epstein, who had already written halakhic works in his youth, attached himself against the will of his grandfather to Habad Hasidism, and thenceforth devoted himself to the study of Kabbalah and Habad teaching, burning his previous halakhic writings. He felt that only R. Shneur Zalman of Lyady, whose favorite pupil he became, was capable of revealing the innermost secrets of the divine Law. R. Epstein served as rabbi of Gomel. In his old age he himself made his debut as a ẓaddik. In the handling of halakhic problems he took pains to write in an unpretentious and clear style. He left ten studies on Habad teaching including Ma'amar ha-Shiflut ve-ha-Simḥah (1864) and Ma'amar Yezi’at Mizrayim (1877); the others are in manuscript. He also wrote homilies for the weekly portions of the Law and the festivals, some of which were published with his Ma'amar Yeẓi'at Miẓrayim.

Paragraph 2    והוא מאמר ראשון מעשרה מאמרות שהניח אחריו ברכה ... מהור"ר יצחק אייזיק הלוי נבג"מ עפשטיין ... ובסופו שלשה דרושים ... מדרושיו על התורה. א' לר"ח. וא' לחג השבועות. וא' לר"ה ... יצא לאור ע"י נכדיו הנהו תרי גיסי הרב מהו' צבי דוב מ"ץ דק"ק האמי' ור' אליעזר שמעון בהרב ... יוסף זצלה"ה תומארקין אב"ד ומ"ץ דק"ק קרימנטשוק ...
   EJ; CD-EPI 0111362
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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