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Lot #    22120
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 10:17:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Or ha-Emet
Title (Hebrew)    אור האמת
Author    [Cremation] R. Shimon Zevi (Herman) Deutsch
City    Frankfort on the Main
Publisher    Kaufmann
Publication Date    1908
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 56 pp. octavo 225:148 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original wrappers.
   Responsa on cremation by R. Shimon Zevi (Herman) Deutsch. The title page describes it as a letter concerning R. Mayer Lerner’s, av bet din Altona, Hayyei Olam. In that work R. Lerner addressed the prohibition of cremation. In this, apparently R. Deutsch’s only published work, he critiques R. Lerner to task. The back cover of the monograph repeats the text of the Hebrew front cover in German.

R. Mayer ben Mordecai Lerner of Altona (1857–1930) was born in Czestochowa (Poland). He studied first in Cracow but completed his studies in the Rabbiner-Seminar in Berlin. While still a student at the seminary, he wrote his important work Anlage und Quellen des Bereschit Rabba (1882). He was appointed rabbi of Wintzenheim, Alsace, in 1884 and remained there until 1890, when he became rabbi of the Federation of Synagogues in London, which then consisted of 23 synagogues. In 1894 he was appointed rabbi of Altona and of Schleswig-Holstein. Lerner vigorously opposed the historical approach of Graetz and the Reform movement in Germany. Lerner's main talmudic works are his Hadar ha-Karmel (1891), responsa, including some talmudic novellae; and Hayyei Olam (1905) on the prohibition of cremation. His research works, in addition to the above-mentioned Quellen include "Die aeltesten Mischna – Kompositionen" (MWJ, 13 (1886), 1–20) and his magnum opus, Torat ha-Mishnah, dealing with the origin of the oral tradition, of which, however, only the first part appeared (1915). He also showed an active interest in the Jewish settlement of Palestine and in 1905 founded the association Moriah whose aims were "to restore the ancient ruins, and the national and religious culture of the Jews." The association was opposed both to the Mizrachi and the Zionist movements, and in 1930 merged with the Agudat Israel movement.

Paragraph 2    מכתבים ע"ד הספר חיי עולם [על קבורת אפר הנשרפים, ברלין תרס"ה] של הרב ר' מאיר לערנער נ"י אב"ד ד"ק אלטונא, הוצאתים לאור שמעון צבי דייטש חופק"ק פיורדא ...

Added t.p.: Or Ha-Emeth; Briefe ueber des Werk Chaje Olam des Oberrabbiners Dr. Lerner, Altona. Herausgegeben von Rabb. Dr Herm. Deutsch, Fuerth...

   BE alef 1072; EJ; CD-EPI 0125833
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica