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Lot #    26274
Auction End Date    3/23/2010 11:15:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shivat Ziyyon
Title (Hebrew)    שיבת ציון
Author    [First Ed.] R. Samuel b. Ezekiel Landau
City    Prague
Publisher    Moses Landau
Publication Date    1827
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 76, [9] ff., 308:204 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.
   Important responsa by R. Samuel b. Ezekiel Landau (1740-1834) graduated from his father's yeshiva. In his early years he moved in Prague Haskalah circles and was associated with the Gesellschaft der jungen Hebraeer. It is generally assumed that R. Ezekiel did not formally pronounce the ban on Moses Mendelssohn's translation of the Bible because Samuel's name appeared on the list of those who had subscribed to the work. Having become strictly Orthodox, he applied for the office of av bet din after his father's death but was not appointed. His objections to the establishment of rabbinical seminaries formed the main subject of the pamphlet Ha-Orev (Vienna, 1795), attributed to Baruch Jeiteles. He was elected to the bet din and later became av bet din. In 1799 R. Samuel and R. Eleazar Fleckeles signed the herem against the Frankists, and a year later, on Nov. 11, he and R. Fleckeles were imprisoned for four days in connection with a scandal at a Frankist funeral. He was one of the signatories of an application in 1820 for the restoration of the two gates of the Jewish quarter. However, in a sermon delivered in 1830 he praised Mendelssohn's Bible translation for its good German and suggested that fathers decide, when their sons reach the age of ten, whether to dedicate them to talmudic studies or to a secular education. When in 1834 the Verein fuer geregelten Gottesdienst made changes in the architecture of the Altschul, he pronounced a ban on them. His responsa were published as Shivat Ziyyon (Prague, 1827; republished 1967). With his brother R. Jacobke he published his father's Noda bi-Yhudah Mahadura Tinyana (Prague, 1811) with his own preface and including some of his own responsa. His father's Ahavot Ziyyon contains four of R. Samuel's sermons.
Paragraph 2    חלק ראשון מתשובות שהשבתי אני שמואל... בן... ר' יחזקאל סג"ל לנדא לשואלים ממני דבר הלכה למעשה...

דף ח: העתק מכתיבת יד אאמ"ו... [ר' יחזקאל לנדא] זצ"ל אות באות: סדר מכירת חמץ ונתייסד פה פראג. עברית ויידיש. לא נדפס יותר.

   CD-EPI 0142213; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica