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Lot #    20380
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 12:03:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Matteh Yehudah
Title (Hebrew)    מטה יהודה
Author    [Birkat ha-Mazon] R. Judah Leib Oppenheim
City    Offenbach
Publisher    Israel ben Moses for Bonaventura de Launoy
Publication Date    1721
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   32 (i.e.31) ff., octavo, 194:156 mm., light age and damp staining, running titles touched throughout. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
   Annotated Birkat ha-Mazon and Zemirot by R. Judah Leib ben Samuel Oppenheim. The title page has a decorative woodcut frame with depictions of Moses and Aaron on the sides and cherubim at the top. The text states that it was written by the precise, well known R. Leib ben Samuel of Geluga, who has been called to the yeshiva above, and it is being brought to press by h is son R. Samuel Zenvel. There are approbations from several rabbis, among them R. Abraham Broda. The volume contains the text of Birkat ha-Mazon and Zemirot with a detailed, comprehensive, and lengthy commentary covering grace after meals, Sabbath songs, marriage, and circumcision. An attractive and rare volume.

The printer, Moses ben Israel, was the son of the proselyte, Moses ben Abraham Avinu, who had printed in Amsterdam and Halle. Moses ben Israel’s name appeared earlier as a compositor in a Grace after Meals, Haggadah, and Sabbath hymns with Yiddish translation (1694) printed by his father in Amsterdam. In Offenbach, Moses ben Israel persuaded Bonaventura de Launoy, a printer of separatist-pietist Christian religious works, to add a branch to his press that would print only Hebrew books.

Paragraph 2    שחיבר... המדקדק... ר' ליב במוהר"ר שמואל אופנהיי' ז"ל שהיה א' מדייני ק"ק גלוגא רבתא ... וחמדה הי' גנוזה עד עתה שקם בנו... ר' שמואל זנוויל והוצי' מכח אל הפועל...

כולל ברכת המזון, זמירות של שבת וברכות שונות, דיניהם ופירוש עליהם. דף ב,ב: מעשה נורא. ראיתי כ"י של... ר' מאיר אב"ד ור"מ דק"ק לבוב שמצא מעשה בספר מקובל א' והעתק מכ"י של רבו... ר' מרדכי יפה ז"ל...

הסכמות: ר' יוסף שמואל מקראקא, פרנקפורט דמיין, כב אדר-ב תנ"ט; ר' דוד ב"ר אברהם אופנהיים מניקלשפורג, וינא, ז אדר ת"ס; ר' אברהם ברודא, פראג, כא אייר ת"ס; ר' שמואל כהן שאטין היושב באהל ב"ה שבק"ק פרנקפורט ורובץ תחת משא דיושבי מדינו' דרמשטט, כג אדר-ב תנ"ט.

   Vinograd, Offenbach 49; CD-EPI 0172250
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica