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Lot #    22199
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 10:57:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Fest-Rede aus Anlass der gluecklichen Entbindung
Author    [Community - Only Ed.] R. Ludwig Pollak
City    Prague
Publisher    Wolf Pascheles
Publication Date    1855
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. 8 pp.; 220:145 mm; 1 double-folded leaf; frayed edges; German with Hebrew quotes
          
Detailed
Description
   The full title reads: Fest-Rede aus Anlass der gluecklichen Entbindung Ihrer Majestaet der Kaiserin Elisabeth Amalia Eugenie gehalten am 10. Maerz 1855 in der Neu-Synagoge zu Prag, von Ludwig Pollak, Rabbiner und Prediger.

Patriotic sermon on the occasion of the birth of the first child of the Austrian Empress Elisabeth. The Bavarian princess Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie (1837 – 1898) was married to the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I in 1854. Their first daughter Archduchess Sophie Friederike Dorothea of Austria was born in 1855. The Empress was called “Sissi” by family and friends from an early age. Elisabeth's role and influence on Austro-Hungarian politics was only marginal, but she was very popular and has also become a 20th century icon, featured in many films and theatrical productions.

Rabbi Ludwig Pollak delivered this sermon and prayer in the Altneuschule (Alt-Neu Synagogue) in Prague. From the eighteenth century on we find sermons delivered by Jewish preachers on occasions not only of specifically Jewish concern, but rather pertaining to the wider society in which Jews were living (e.g. the outbreak of a war, a defeat or a victory, important events in the life of the monarchs of a country, etc). These new sermons reflect a new kind of awareness and longing of the Jews for acculturation, emancipation and participation in the society around them. On important occasions both Jews and Christians would be in their respective place of worship listening to the religious message of their leaders. Important sermons and hymns delivered on patriotic occasions were usually published.

          
Reference
Description
   EJ; JE;
Saperstein, Marc: Changes in the modern sermon. In: The Encyclopeida of Judaism. 2004, Volume 5, Suppl. 2, pp. 2265-2283.
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Bohemia
  
Subject
Homiletics:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, some Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica