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Lot #    22387
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 12:31:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Eth Lasoth [`Et la-`asot ]
Title (Hebrew)    עת לעשות
Author    Hillel ben Baruch Lichtenstein
City    Kolomea
Publisher    B. Lichtenstein
Publication Date    1872
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [7],94 ff. 213:135 mm., usual age and damp staining, frayed on edges, old hands, stamps, bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    With the Author's son's stamp on title verso.
   This is volume 2 of a two volume set of responsa in Yiddish by R. Hillel ben Baruch Lichtenstein. In the text of the title page, attribution is given to "Hilel Lash."

R. Lichtenstein (1815–1891), was one of the outstanding pupils of R. Moses Sofer. He first served as rabbi of Margarethen and in 1854 was elected rabbi of Kolozsvar, the capital of Transylvania. After 18 months he was compelled to leave the locality without officially assuming office, owing to his opposition to Abraham Friedman, rabbi of Transylvania, and because of the internal frictions in the community which were aggravated as a result. His refusal to go to Gyulafehervar (Alba-Julia), where the district rabbi had his seat, to receive his sanction to take up his post, as was then the custom, served as the formal reason for his departure. Between 1865 and 1867 he was rabbi of Szikszo, also in Hungary. He then moved to Galicia and became rabbi of Kolomyya (Kolomea). R. Lichtenstein was one of the dominant figures of the Orthodox community in their struggle with the reformers both before and after the great schism of 1869. He fought against any suspicion of reform in the life of the Jews, and sharply criticized those Orthodox Jews, including rabbis, who inclined to any kind of innovation in religious practices. He especially attacked those who attempted to preach in German, and even censured R. Azriel Hildesheimer on this account. R. Lichtenstein's pupils also served as uncompromising fighters against religious reforms. At rabbinical conventions in Hungary, called on his initiative, the main principles of extremist Orthodoxy for Hungarian Jewry were laid down. The first convention of this kind assembled in 1864 but the main one took place in 1866 in Michalovce, where resolutions were adopted excommunicating Reform Judaism and any rabbi preaching in German or any other European language. Ten takkanot were also enacted, which to this day serve as the basis of the separation between Orthodox Jews and reformers in Hungary.

R. Lichtenstein wrote many books, including Maskil el Dal, 4 parts, sermons (1860–69); Shirei Maskil, on ethics (1877); Avkat Rokhel, responsa, 2 parts (1883–85); and Et La'asot, in Yiddish, 2 parts (1878).

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Other:    Ethics
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica