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Lot #    20500
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 1:03:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Teshu’ot Hen
Title (Hebrew)    תשואות חן
Author    [Hasidic - First Ed.] R. Gedalia Rabbinowitz
City    Berdichev
Publisher    Samuel ben Issachar Segal
Publication Date    1816
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [5], 45 ff., 205:165 mm., nice margins, age and use staining, stamps, worming affecting letters expertly restored on many ff. A good copy not bound.
   First edition of hasidic discourses by R. Gedaliah ben Issac Rabbinowitz of Lunietz (Ilintsky). The author was a contemporary of the Ba’al Shem Tov and a disciple of R. Dov Baer, the maggid of Mezhirech (d. 1772) and R. Jacob Joseph of Polonnoye (Toledot Ya’akov Yosef, d. c. 1782). The title page begins with several lines of praise for the book, including that it is sweeter for the palate than old wine. These discourses were given by R. Gedalia in the various locations in which he served as rabbi. There are approbations on the verso of the title page from R. Levi Isaac ben Meir of Berdichev (1740-1810), R. Israel ben Levi Isaac, and R. Samuel Judah ben Gedaliah Rabbinowitz, the author’s son. Next is the introduction, which was heard from R. Gedaliah. The homilies in Teshu’ot Hen are are organized by the weekly parsha. A number of the discourses emphasize the importance and holiness of Erez Israel, expressing a profound sense of the bitterness of exile and anticipation of redemption. The Initial word of the text is enclosed in decorative frame. The text is in two columns in rabbinic type excepting headers and initial words which are in square letters. Teshu’ot Hen is printed on mixed colored and white paper. This copy has been attractively rebound in stamped leather.

R. Gedaliah ben Issac Rabbinowitz of Lunietz (Ilintsky), (1738-d. c. 1785), hasidic preacher and zaddik in Ukraine, son of a dayyan in Polonnoye, known for his eloquence. An ardent preacher who stirred his listeners, R. Gedaliah was one of the sources of hasidic legend. His mentors in Hasidism, in addition to R. Dov Baer of Mezhirech and R. Jacob Joseph of Polonnoye include R. Aryeh Leib of Polonnoye. R. Gedaliah served as rabbi in Ostropol, Miropol, and Ilintsy.

Teshu’ot Hen is an important hasidic work by a pioneer of hasidut.

Paragraph 2    חידושים [על התורה]... אשר איזן וחיקר...מוהרר גדליהו במוהרר יצחק זצוק"ל אשר אור תורתו הופיע בק"ק מרופאליא בק"ק אוסטריפאליא ולסוף ימיו תקע אהלו... בק"ק ליניץ...וזאת ליהודה (ליב בהמנוח מוה' דוב בער זללה"ה מליניץ)...הכותב מפי המחבר... התאמץ להביא הספר הלז לבית הדפוס...

דף [5-2]: הקדמת השומע מפי המחבר, הק' יהודה ליב בהמנוח מוה' דוב בער זללה"ה מליניץ. עיין: א' יערי, הדפוס העברי בברדיטשוב - קרית ספר, שנה כא, תש"ד - תש"ה, עמ' 112, מס' 21. ראינו שני טפסים: על נייר לבן ועל נייר כחול. הסכמות: ר' לוי יצחק ב"ר מאיר, ברדיטשוב, יג אדר-ב תקס"ה; ר' ישראל ב"ר לוי יצחק, פיקאב, כא שבט תקע"ו; ר' שמואל יהודה ב"ר גדליהו [רבינוביץ, בן המחבר], ליניץ, כה טבת תקע"ו.

   EJ: Rabinowicz, Encyclopedia of Hasidism p. 147; Vin Berdichev 37; Yaari KS 21; CD-EPI 0166091
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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