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Lot #    20483
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 12:55:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Dam Berit
Title (Hebrew)    דם ברית
Author    [Only Ed. - Polemic] Rev. Alexander Tertis
City    London
Publisher    Ginsburg
Publication Date    1900
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [6], 76 pp., illus., folio, 275:195 mm., light age and damp staining. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Only edition of this collection of responsa on berit milah by Rev. Alexander Tertis. The title page states that Dam Berit is a compilation of the responsa and approbations of rarris and geonim on mezizah be-keli. The title page also describes it in English as a treatise on Metzitzah & Circumcision. A second more detailed title page, entirely in Hebrew, informs that it expresses the opinions of the rabbis, leaders of the generations and contemporary sages from all parts of the world, their sayings, pilpulim, and responsa on the subject of mezizah be-keli with a perforated utensil called טערטיאפעראטום. It also is with the explanation of leading physicians. On the title page is a depiction of the organs and utensils involved in meiuzah be-keli. A table of contents lists seventy-five responsa by leading rabbis, followed by errata. The text is in two columns in square Hebrew letters as well as a small number in English. Included are ten pertinent illustrations.

Mezizah (suction) occurs after peri’ah, removing the foreskin. In mezuzah the mohel traditionally sucked blood from the circumcised penis. This practice, originally based on medical notions of healing the wound more quickly, became subject to severe criticism by the mid-19th century on both hygienic and political grounds. The method now authorized by many rabbinical courts is for mezizah to be performed either by a swab or through a glass tube, preferably containing a small piece of absorbent cotton. The rounded end of the tube is placed firmly over the penis, pressed firmly over the area of the pubis, and suction by the mouth is carried out through the flattened end of the tube or through a rubber attachment. This latter procedure is still controversial, not being accepted by everyone.

Paragraph 2    הוא קובץ דעות רבנים ... מכל חלקי התבל ... על דבר המציצה בכלי הנקוב בשם "טערטיסאפעראטוס" בהסכמת חכמי הרופאים שבחנוהו ... בו יתבאר גם מעשה המכונה ואופן שמושה ... גם מכיל כללים ופרטים מחוקי מלאכת המילה ע"פ פוסקים וע"פ חכמת הרפואה ... עם עשרה ציורים ממכשירי מילה, הם כלי נתוח ... לעבודה זו ... איך להשמר מכל צרה ... ושעבודת ... המילה צריכה שתעשה בנקיון גדול ... מאת אלכסנדר טערטיס, מוהל הראשי בלונדון ... >נדפס כבר בעתון "היהודי" [שנה ג, גליון א- לא] ... ועתה יצא לאור בחוברת מיוחדה< ... בשנת ד'ם' ה'ב'ר'י'ת'
   BE bet 836; EJ; CD-EPI 0134940
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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