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Lot #    22416
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 12:45:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sihot minni Kedem
Title (Hebrew)    שיחות מני קדם
Author    [First Ed.] Zev Jawitz
City    Warsaw
Publisher    Baumritter
Publication Date    1887
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. XII, 120 pp., 180:115 mm., usual light age staining, nice margins. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Zev Jawitz (1847–1924), writer and historian. Jawitz was born in Kolno to a wealthy family distinguished in lineage, scholarship, and piety. After an unsuccessful attempt at business, he devoted all his time to writing and scholarship. He contributed to Smolenskin's Ha-Shahar (in no. 11 (1882), 41–48).

Jawitz won public recognition with his article "Migdal ha-me'ah" ("Tower of the century," in S. P. Rabinowitz (ed.), Keneset Yisrael, 1 (1887); repr. in his Toledot Yisrael, 13 (1937), 189–250), a survey of Jewish history from the death of Mendelssohn in 1786 to the death of Montefiore in 1886. The work's originality lay in the author's command of sources in Hebrew and other languages; in the inner integrity of his approach, which was a mixture of Eastern European Judaism, the romanticism of Hibbat Zion, and the Judaism of Frankfort Orthodoxy (often characterized by the phrase Torah im derekh erez, in the sense of "Torah and secular learning"); and in his writing style, a combination of biblical and scholarly Hebrew.

Settling in Erez Israel in 1888, Jawitz taught in Zikhron Ya'akov. His writings were widely published in Erez Israel in such periodicals as Haaretz, Peri ha-Arez (1892), and Ge'on ha-Arez (2 vols., 1893–94). He also wrote several textbooks, including Tal Yaldut (1891), Ha-Moriyyah (1894), Divrei ha-Yamim le-Am Benei-Yisrael (1894), Divrei Yemei ha-Ammim (1893–94), and books in which he attempted to relate legends in biblical style, as in Sihot minni Kedem (1887, 1927). His popular work Neginot minni Kedem (1892) appeared in several editions. In Erez Israel, Jawitz was active on the Va'ad ha-Lashon, the committee responsible for developing Hebrew as a modern language. He and his brother-in-law, J. M. Pines, contributed to the development of modern Hebrew by introducing linguistic elements from the literature of the Mishnah, Talmud, and Midrash, e.g., tarbut ("culture") and kevish ("road"). Jawitz left Palestine in 1894, moving to Vilna, to Germany, and later to London. For a short while he was active in the foundation of Mizrachi in Russia and edited the monthly journal Ha-Mizrah (1903–04). Simultaneously, Jawitz continued his major work, Toledot Yisrael... (14 vols., 1895–1940; the first part appeared in Warsaw, and the last five parts were published by B. M. Lewin in Tel Aviv, 1932–40). The first six parts (comprising the first section) deal with the Jews in their land, from the Patriarchal Age to the end of the period of R. Judah ha-Nasi; the next eight parts deal with the Jews among the nations of the world, from the period of the amoraim to Hibbat Zion. Although Jawitz was not a modern historian, his contribution to Jewish historiography is distinctive and valuable in that he infused his historical account with commitment to Orthodoxy and love for Erez Israel.

          
Paragraph 2    עם מאמר ... על סגלת המליצה הספורית בהגדות חז"ל בשם "המקרא והאגדה" ... מאת וואלף יעבץ ...

"יובל שי ללוקחי הספר השנתי 'כנסת ישראל' לשנת תרמ"ח, מאת העורך ש[אול] פ[ינחס] ראבינאוויץ והמו"ל יהושע יהודה איש הורוויץ". מנוקד ברובו.

          
Reference
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   CD-EPI 0135996; EJ
        
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19th Century:    Checked
  
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Language:    Hebrew
  
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