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Lot #    22225
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:10:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tanya (Likkutei Amarim)
Title (Hebrew)    תניא (ליקוטי אמרים)
Author    [Habad] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Vienna [i.e. Warsaw]
Publication Date    c. 1856
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 2-24, 18-21, 29-44 ff., 205:155 mm., usual age staining, nice margins, old hands. A good copy loose in contemporary boards, split and rubbed.
   The main Habad work of Kabbalah and Hasidut wherein the "Alter Rebbe" develops a systematic theosophical doctrine on the conceptions of G-d and the world and of man and his religious obligations, based on the Kabbalah of R. Isaac Luria in its original form combined with the Hasidism of the Ba'al Shem Tov and especially that of the maggid of Mezhirich.

R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism. He was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about Hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the Hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a chasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.

Paragraph 2    בראשי העמודים: לקוטי אמרים. בשולי השער: "ווין". ברם כבר העיר ח' ליברמן, כי מכמה טעמים נהגו מדפיסי ווארשא להעלים לפעמים את שם ווארשא בשער ולהדפיס שם עיר בחוץ לארץ, כגון... ווין... אבל הרגיל בדפוסי ווארשא יכירם בטביעת עין (קרית ספר, לט, תשכ"ד, עמ' 115, הערה 8). על-פי 1856 Lemberg, בהשמטת ההסכמות.
   Mundschein, Torat Habad p. 86, # 18; Habermann, Habad 67; CD-EPI 0170986; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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