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Lot #    22275
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:35:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zemah Zaddik
Title (Hebrew)    צמח צדיק
Author    [First Ed. - Hasidim] R. Menahem Mendel Hager
City    Chernovtsy
Publisher    Eckhardt Rudolf
Publication Date    1885
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 76, 76-80, 59, 37, [1] ff. quarto 230:150 mm., usual age staining, nice margins, several ff. from shorter copy, lacking third title. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   First edition of these important hasidic discourses by R. Menahem Mendel ben Hayyim Hager, founder of the Vizhnitz hasidic dynasty. This volume, including the first two parts of Zemah Zaddik, a Hasidic kabbalistic commentary on the Torah; it includes the important Kuntres Melkhet ha-Mishkan. A third part, printed in Levov (1885) is on Mo’edim. It is dated with the verse “the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance” Psalms 112:6).

R. Menahem Mendel ben Hayyim Hager (1830–1884). After the death of his father, the zaddik of Kosov (1854), Menahem Mendel began to lead the community of Vizhnitz (Vizhnitsa) where he also served as av bet din. He was married to Miram Manya, daughter of R. Israel of Ruzhyn. became famous as a miracle worker and a distributor of amulets. R. Hager headed Kolel Vizhnitz and Maramuresh, a fund for the poor in Erez Israel. He also attempted to settle the dispute between R. Hayyim Halberstam of Zanz (Sandz) and the sons of R. Israel of Ruzhin. In describing R. Hager, R. Isaac of Warka wrote that “a fire ratges in his soul.” R. Hager has been described as an ascetic and eschewed luxuries. He was renowned for his hospitality, and he would make arrangements prior to the Sabbath to have money available on Sunday for distribution to the poor.

Paragraph 2    אמרות ... מאת ... מו"ה מנחם מענדיל זצוק"ל מוויזניצא בהרב ... מו"ה חיים זצוק"ל מקאסיב (מו"ה יצחק בהמנוח מו"ה שמואל ע"ה מסלאטווינא ומו"ה אפרים בהמנוח מו"ה ישראל מאיר [מאהלער] ע"ה מיגאלניצא ... כתבו על הספר לזכרון ... צויתי את ... הרב ... מו"ה אהרן נ"י מטלוסט בהה"ג מו"ה שרגא פייביל [שרייער] אבד"ק באהאראטשין להעתיקם ולסדרם ... ואח"כ שמתי גם עיני עליהם להגיהם ... ברוך בהרב ... מו"ה מנחם מענדיל זצללה"ה) ... חלק [א]-ג). שנת ב'ו' ל'ז'כ'ר' ע'ו'ל'ם' י'ה'י'ה' צ'ד'י'ק'

חלק א]: (בתורת ה' [על סדר הפרשיות]. בראשית, שמות). [2], עו, עו-ף דף. [חלק א]:דף עז-ף: קונטרס מלאכת המשכן. חלק ב: (ויקרא, במדבר, דברים). נט דף. חלק ג: על החדשים ומעודים [!] ולקוטים נפלאים והשמטות. [1], לז, [1] דף.

   BE zaddi 336; EJ; Rabinowicz, Ency. of Hasidism, p. 167
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19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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