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Lot #    20474
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 12:50:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Alfei Menashe
Title (Hebrew)    אלפי מנשה
Author    [Haskalah] R. Menashe b. Joseph Me'Ilya
City    Warsaw
Publisher    S. D. Zysberg
Publication Date    1860
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 14 ff., 13, [1] pp., 8 vo., 180:106 mm., nice margins, usual light age staining. A very good copy not bound.
   Reprint of earlier work by one of the forerunners of the Haskalah in Lithuania and Russia. He was born in Smorgon, Lithuania, and was renowned as a child for his remarkable memory and intellectual precocity. He received a talmudic education in the home of his father, who was a dayyan. In 1784 he married and went to live in the house of his father-in-law, a wealthy merchant in Ilya. Manasseh was among the disciples and intimates of R. Elijah b. Solomon Zalman, the Gaon of Vilna, and became friendly with Joseph Mazal from Viasyn, who owned an excellent Hebrew library including scientific and research works. Gradually he reached theoretical and practical conclusions tending toward increasing rationalism and called for some change in halakhah. In his works his attitude to Talmud study is based on these conceptions. In several places, for example, he challenged the Talmud and Rashi's understanding of certain pronouncements of the Mishnah. He regarded natural sciences with respect and was critical of the Kabbalah. Demanding the abrogation of halakhic commands that were not an integral part of the basic, early law and that people could not carry out in actual life, he advocated the principle of alteration and leniency in halakhah, according to changing trends. He likewise called for a changed and orderly curriculum of traditional studies first the Bible, Mishnah, and Gemara and, for talented youth, secular studies as well.
Paragraph 2    נדפס מחדש עם ... קונטרס מעשה מקשה (על דברים המוקשים ושצריכין עיון) מכבוד ... ר' גרשון ני' (בר' משה ז"ל) מבית חן טוב ... שמתי עליהם נוספות איזה הגהות והערות [בשולי העמודים של אלפי מנשה] ... ממני דוד בר' לוי סלוצקי
   CD-EPI 0148660; Vinograd, Warsaw 752
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Haskalah
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica