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Lot #    22213
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:04:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kehillat Yaakov
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Jacob ben Aaron Baruchin
City    Vilna
Publisher    Joseph and Reuben ben Menahem Romm
Publication Date    1847
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [8], 64 (should say 96), 60 pp., 324:195 mm.; nice margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth and marbled paper boards.
   Only edition of these novellae and responsa of R. Jacob ben Aaron of Karlin. The title page, with a decorative frame, states that it is part one of novellae, comparable to fine gold (cf. Lamentations 4:2) on all parts of the Talmud, as well as responsa on all parts of the Shulhan Aruch, that Israel may know what to do, as well as pleasing interpretations of a small number of aggadah, pleasant to the soul. Kehillat Yaakov was brought to press by R. Alexander Sender. There is Cyrillic text on the bottom of the title page and on the verso, likely the censors permission to print. Next is an introduction from the authors son, then a bitter hesped and river of tears by Alexander Sender, the authors son, dated Wednesday, 11 Kislev, [5]606 (December 10, 1845), a lengthy introduction from R. Jacob ben Aaron, and the text. Kehillat Yaakov is set in two columns in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words. The novellae are on Berakhot and tractates in Moed. The second part of the book is comprised of eighteen responsa.

R. Jacob ben Aaron Baruchin of Karlin (d. 1844) was a grandson of R. Baruch ben Jacob of Shklov, and a pupil of R. Hayyim of Volozhin, being one of the earliest and most renowned graduates of the yeshiva of Volozhin. R. Jacob was the first rabbi of Gorodok and later in Karlin, where he served for about thirty years until his death. He was considered one of the greatest rabbinical authorities of his time. In addition to Kehillat Yaakov, R. Jacob was the author of the responsa Mishkenot Yaakov (Vilna, 1810), many of them with R. Ephraim Zalman Margulies of Brod, on all sections of the Shulhan Arukh. His halakhic works were highly esteemed by yeshivah students, by whom they were much used. R. Jacobs brother R. Isaac, after devoting himself to business, succeeded him in the rabbinate of Karlin. R. Isaac, who also achieved an outstanding rabbinical reputation, was the author of Keren Orah (2 parts, 185257), on a number of tractates of the Talmud. Both brothers were noted for their struggle against the kidnapping of children for impressment into the Russian army.

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   Chones, Toledot ha-Posekim, 563f. Fuenn, Keneset, 574; EJ; JE; Vin Vilna 652; CD-EPI 0114199
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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