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Lot #    22441
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 12:58:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Nishmat Adam
Title (Hebrew)    נשמת אדם
Author    [Hasidim] R. Aaron Samuel of Kremenets
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    Hanina Lipa & Joshua Heschel Shapira
Publication Date    1863
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   84 pp., 207:135 mm., wide margins, light usual age staining, old hands and stamps. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
          
Paragraph 1    The R. Zilberman, Chief Rabbi of Safed copy with his stamps.
          
Detailed
Description
   Ethical treatise on the essentials of faith, the origin, nature, and essence of the soul, the purpose of human life, the future world, and divine retribution (rewards and punishments) by R. Aaron Samuel ben Moses Shalom. Nishmat Adam has an attractive decorative title page comprised of Moses with the tablets of the law and Aaron with his priestly garments at the sides, and a vignette of Akedat Yitzhak at the top. Other ornamentation includes decorative strips separating the text’s ten chapters and a small number of ornamental woodcuts. There are approbations from rabbis in Frankfort a. Main, including R. Isaiah Horowitz (ha-Shelah), and Hanau, an introduction, the text, a postscript (43a) from the editor, Zelikman Ulma, the son of R. Moses Simon Halevi Guenzberg, and the contents. The text has numerous enumerated marginal references to the contents. These features make it an attractive volume.

R. Aaron Samuel ben Moses Shalom of Kremenets (Aaron of Kremenets, d. c. 1620), rabbi and author was a pupil of R. Ephraim Solomon ben Aaron Luntschits when the latter was rabbi at Lemberg. R. Shalom was forced to emigrate to Germany as a youth. Toward the end of 1606 he was preaching in Fuerth. In 1611 he was in Eibelstadt (not, as often stated, Eisenstadt), Lower Franconia, where he wrote Nishmat Adam. In 1615 he became rabbi in Fulda, where he wrote an introduction and notes to a homily on the Decalogue by R. Baruch Axelrod (Hanau, 1616). In Nishmat Adam R. Shalom mentions three unpublished works on ethical and religio-philosophical problems (Be’er Sheva, Or Torah, and Ein Mishpat), as well as novellae to the Talmud, entitled Kitvei Kodesh. Paragraph 2 . Reference Description

          
Paragraph 2    .. יסדתי וחברתי ... אהרן שמואל בלא"א ... ר' משה שלום זצ"ל מק"ק קרעמניץ, אשר בו יתבאר מהות הנשמה ומקורה וסבת ירידתה בעה"ז ומה תכליתה ובמה יזכה נער את את[!] ארחו להשיג אורחות חיים ובאיך ומה יעשה האדם להפיק רצון בוראו. גם ענין עה"ב ושכר ועונש ... הכל בנוי ומשוכלל על מקראי קדש ומארז"ל ...

עמ' 3: הקדמת המביא לבית הדפוס, ר' משולם זוסיא ב"ר יצחק מאיר מזינקוב, וההסכמות מן הדפוס הראשון.

          
Reference
Description
   EJ; CD-EPI 0107685
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Hasidic:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica