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Lot #    22152
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 10:33:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Psalms with Yad Aharon
Title (Hebrew)    תהלים - יד אהרן
Author    R. Zev Wolf ben Aaron Grossman
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Samuel ha-Levi Zukerman
Publication Date    1909
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 183 ff. octavo 145:105 mm., age and use staining, several tears, loose in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Unusual didactic edition of Psalms providing the roots and grammatical forms of words by R. Zev Wolf ben Aaron Grossman, a student of the yeshivah Me’ah Shearim. The text is accompanied by the commentary Metsudot Zion. There is an introduction from R. Grossman on the verso of the title page. He has entitled the work Yad Aharon after R. Aaron Zevi Drata from Hungary who has supported and strengthened in the study of Torah. There are approbations from R. Hayyim Berlin, R. Saul Hayyim ben Abraham ha-Levi Horowitz, R. Hoseph Hayyim Sonnenfeld, R. Ben Zion Aryeh Leib Zitsling, R. Aryeh Leib Gordon, and R. Abraham Isaac Kook. The text is comprised of Psalms, and, above each word, the root of that word. At the end is a yehi ratzon and prayers for the sick.

There have been previous books of the Bible, most often by non-Jews, for educational purposes. The earliest was the famed Hutter Bible (Hamburg, 1587). It was designed to assist students in learning Hebrew by highlighting the roots of words. In that edition the Hebrew text is set between the solid and hollow (outline) letters; the former being the root or stem of a word, the latter the prefixes and suffixes. In those instances when a root letter does not appear in a word it is printed above it in small letters. The Hutter Hebrew Bible was intended to enable students to read the Bible in the original, which Hutter believed to be of great importance.

Paragraph 2    הנקרא יד אהרן, והוא השרש ממעל לכל שם ופעל, ועל הפעלים נוסף גם ציון הבנין. מאת זאב וואלף גראסמאן, מלומדי ישיבת "מאה שערים". עם פי' המצודת ציון.

הספר נועד ל"מלמדי תשב"ר שרוצים לעשות מלאכתם באמונה".
הסכמות: ר' חיים ברלין, ירושלים, יז אב תרס"ט; ר' שאול חיים ב"ר אברההם הלוי הורוויץ, ירושלים, יח אב תרס"ט; ר' יוסף חיים זאננענפעלד; ר' בן ציון אריה ליב ציזלינג, ירושלים, כד אב [תרס"ט]; ר' אריה ליב גארדאן; ר' אברהם יצחק הכהן קוק, יפו, כח אלול תרס"ט.

   CD-EPI 0315280; Heller, 16th Cent.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Other:    Psalms
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica