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[First Ed.] R. Shraga Zevi Tennenbaum
Bleier & Kohen
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First edition. , 150 ff., 255:180 mm., usual light age staining, nice margins, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth boards, rubbed.
Homiletic commentary to the weekly portion of the Torah by R. Shraga Zevi b. Zev Wolf Tennenbaum (1826-1897). R. Tennenbaum was born in Szendro, Hungary and was educated by his father a noted scholar and author of many works. He was appointed rabbi in Szendro in 1848 when his father vacated the position. He led the community for 26 years, left for Mezo-Csath where he served until his passing. An erudite rabbinical scholar, he was selected to preside at a stormy din Torah in Hungary concerning defining the task of the rabbi of a city, the major issue being if he may be regarded as “subject” to his congregation. The case centered around R. Simeon Friedman, rabbi of Galanta, who passed on in 1891 and his son-in-law, R. Moses Feldman, sought to assume his place. Some of the congregation justified his request but others pointed to a regulation in the community charter that anyone “subject” to the congregation (i.e., appointed to a public post) must not have relatives in the community and R. Feldman had a brother-in-law in the town. Those supporting him claimed that a chief rabbi of a city should not be defined as subject to his community. Rather, they are his subjects and must respect his high position. The dispute reached the headquarters of Hungarian Orthodoxy in Budapest and both sides agreed to have a bet din comprised of the most experienced dayanim, rule. R. Tennenbaum, served as av bet din and, in a long and thorough dissertation, ruled that a rabbi is subject to his community to instruct them in proper behavior and admonish them when necessary. He passed on in Mezo-Csath, Hungary.
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