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Lot #    20387
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 12:07:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Emek Yehoshua
Title (Hebrew)    עמק יהושע
Author    [First Ed.] R. Joshua Isaac Shapira (Eizel Harif)
City    Warsaw
Publisher    Lebenssohn
Publication Date    1842
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 61; 29 ff., 334:202 mm., wide margins, blue paper, light age and damp staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.
   R. Joshua Isaac b. Jehiel Shapira (Eizel Harif; d. 1873), rabbi and talmudist. Known as Eizel Harif ("sharp") because he was one of the keenest intellects and most outstanding pilpulists of his day, he was av bet din successively at Kalvarija, Kutno, Tiktin, and, finally, Slonim.

R. Shapira was the author of (1) Emek Yehoshua (1942), in two parts: part 1-24 responsa on the Shulhan Arukh; part 2-16 occasional homilies; (2) Nahalat Yehoshu'a (1851), in two parts: part 1-responsa on several halakhot and various subjects in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds; part 2-Sabbath and festival homilies, and, at the end, a eulogy on his father; (3) No'am Yerushalmi, commentary and glosses on the Jerusalem Talmud-on Zera'im (1863), Mo'ed (1866), Nashim (1868), Nezikin (1869); (4) Ibbei ha-Nahal (1855?), homilies; (5) Sefat ha-Nahal (1859), homilies and comments on aggadot in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds; (6) Azat Yehoshu'a (1868), commentary on the questions asked by the "sages of Athens" (Bek. 8b); (7) Marbeh Ezah (1870), commentary on the aggadic statements of Rabbah bar Hana; (8) Marbeh Tevunah (1872), on the basic principles of the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds. Shapira was one of the few scholars in his generation who attached as much value to the Jerusalem Talmud as to the Babylonian, a fact amply reflected in his commentaries.

Paragraph 2    ... אשר חברתי ... יהושע אייזיק בלא"א כמו"ה יחיאל נ"י החונה בק"ק קאלווריעא. חלק א-ב. לפרט וילן יהושע כו' ב'ע'מ'ק' ש'ל' ה'ל'כ'ה' חלק א: משו"ת המבארים כמה הלכות וענינים עמוקים בש"ס בבלי וירושלמי. סא דף. חלק ב: מדרושים ... לשבתות וליו"ט, מתקופות השנה דבר בעתו, בנוים על יסודי ועיקרי הש"ס בבלי וירושלמי. כט דף.
   CD-EPI 0171378; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Blue Paper:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica