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Lot #    22279
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:37:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kehillat David
Title (Hebrew)    קהלת דוד
Author    [First Ed. - Hasidim] R. David Twersky of Talna
City    Lublin
Publisher    Jacob Hirschenson & Moses Schneidmesser
Publication Date    1881
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 172 pp. quarto 198:145 mm., nice margins, usual age staining, small tears in initial few ff., lacks initial title. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   First edition of these Hasidic discourse on the weekly Torah readings by R. David ben Mordecai Twersky of Talna of the Chernobyl hasidic dynasty. There is an introduction by the author, followed by the text in two columns in rabbinic letters. After the Torah portions are further homilies on festivals and berit milah.

R. David of Talna (David b. Mordecai Twersky, 1808–1882) was a zaddik who first lived at Vasilkov and afterward at Talna (Talnoye, Ukraine). He was the most celebrated of the eight sons of R. Menahem Nahum Twersky, founder of the Chernobyl hasidic dynasty. Thousands of people came to his "court," which he maintained in luxurious style, even retaining a court jester. According to hasidic tradition his house contained a silver chair bearing the inscription in gold: David Melekh Yisrael Hai ve-Kayyam ("David, king of Israel, lives and is in existence"). This gave his opponents a means of denouncing him to the Russian authorities as a rebel against the government. He was thrown into prison and freed only after numerous appeals. In spite of his aristocratic way of life, he was a man of the people; his speech was flavored with popular proverbs so that it would be more readily understood by the common people. He was fond of music and brought to his court the most famous folk singers and musicians in the region. The Talna melodies became popular among both Hasidim and Jews in general. He wrote Magen David (1852), Birkat David (1862), and Kehillat David (1882).

Paragraph 2    [על התורה] מאדמו"ר ... מוהר"ר דוד נ"י (מ"מ דק"ק טאלנא באדמו"ר ... מוהר"ר מרדכי זללה"ה מ"מ דק"ק טשערנאביל) ...

עמ' 168 - 172: השמטות ולקוטים לספר מגן דוד. שני שערים.

   BE Kaf 185; EJ; Rabinowicz, Ency. of Hasidism, pp. 503-04; CD-EPI 0133911
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica