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[Only Ed.] R. Judah Loeb Yappu
S. Y. Fin, A. T. Rozenkrants, M. M. Shriftzettser
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Only edition. 22 pp. octavo 215:150 mm., heavy age staining, some chipping, not bound.
Only edition of this eulogy for R. Ziyyon Mordecai Eliasberg, delivered by R. Judah Loeb Yappu. R. Ziyyon Mordecai Eliasberg (18171889) was a rabbi, one of the first Hibat Zion (Hovevei Zion) in Russia. Born in Lithuania, R. Eliasberg studied under noted rabbis in Lithuania, became rabbi of Shishmory, Lithuania in 1853, and was rabbi of Bauska, Latvia from 1862 until his death. Active from his youth in Jewish public life in Russia, he explained to Max Lilienthal, who came to "enlighten" Russian Jewry, that the removal of legal restrictions on Jews was a prior condition to the achievement of this aim. Later he believed the basic principles behind Jewish demands should be the improvement of the economic situation of Russian Jewry and the achievement of equal rights. He supported the Haskalah movement, provided it did not weaken religion, and suggested the establishment of schools for commercial and vocational training. R. Eliasberg defended the first society for the settlement of Erez Israel, founded in Germany in 1862, against attacks by ultra-Orthodox circles, who feared that messianic redemption would be delayed if the land was settled by secular efforts, and in 1879 he published articles supporting Jewish agricultural settlement in Russia and in Erez Israel. After the pogroms in southern Russia (1881), R. Eliasberg was one of the first who vigorously supported the newly organized Hovevei Zion, orally and in writing, striving particularly to achieve harmony between the religious and the "free-thinking" circles in the movement. He was elected one of the leaders of Hovevei Zion at the movement's conference at Druzgenik (1887). During the controversy over the 1889 sabbatical year in Erez Israel, R. Eliasberg opposed those ultra-Orthodox rabbis who demanded the cessation of Jewish agricultural work in that year and appealed to Jewish farmers not to heed their injunctions. He also strongly attacked the halukkah methods in Jerusalem and those responsible for it, most of whom opposed the new settlement of Erez Israel. Of his more than 20 works, only one, Terumat Yad (1875), was printed in his lifetime. Shevil ha-Zahav, dealing with topical matters and the settlement of Erez Israel, was published posthumously (1897) by his son Jonathan, who added a biography of his father. In 1947 a selection of Eliasberg's writings was published in Jerusalem.
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