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Lot #    29006
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 10:40:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hokhmat Tekkufot u-Mazalot
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Astrology] R. Zeev Wolf ben Samuel Gerstel
City    Lvov
Publisher    V. Kuebler
Publication Date    1907
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 124 ff. w. map and wheel. quarto 227:168 mm., light age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Only edition of this work on the calculations of the daily times and the workings of the constellations by R. Zeev Wolf ben Samuel Gerstel (1854-1932), rabbi in Jaryczow, Galicia. The text is followed by charts and, at the end, a large foldout chart of the constellations and at the very end a chart and wheel for determining the positions of the stars. The title has a second title, Ben ha-Shemashot ṿe-Sefer ha-Kokhavim. The text of the title page begins with the verse Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who has created these things; who brings out their host by number, he calls them all by names (Isaiah 40:26) and then states that the rav, ha-zaddik, true gaon, R. Zevi Elimelekh Shapira, who enlightened the earth and dwelt in many communities, whose honor rested in Dinov, wrote in his book Derekh Pekudekhah, positive mitzvah 4:12 that one who merits to learn in his youth the depth of the wisdom of the movement of the stars and the determination of the tekufot according to their measurements, such as kiddush ha-hodesh according to the Rambam and the works Tekhonot ha-Shamayim and Nehmand ve-Naim, for it is a great mitzvah. In our time it this mitzvah is not fulfilled correctly in the great bet din in Jerusalem. Because it is difficult to learn by looking into these books R. Gerstel has published this work on the wisdom of the tekufot and the movement of the stars in Hebrew in a small book, in a new manner easy to understand so that it will be possible to comprehend this wisdom and kiddush ha-hodesh according to the Rambam with ease. There are a number of approbations from R. Gerstels Devarim Niflaim and a new approbation from R. Joseph Hayyim Rappaport.
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   BE het 744; CD-EPI 0200053
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Astronomy
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica