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Lot #    29204
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 12:19:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Shabbati Sheftal Margolioth
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר שבתי שעפטל מרגליות
Author    [Ms. - Community] R. Sabbatai Sheftal Margolioth
City    Keszthely, Hungary
Publication Date    1836
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [3] pp., 242:194 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, neat Ashkenazic script, signed sealed, and dated.
   Letter to R. Solomon Rosenthal of Budapest asking him to intervene with the MaHaram Ash to secure a rabbinical position. He had served as rabbi of Keszthely and departed amid controversy.

R. Shabbati Sheftal Margolioth was the son of R. Gerson ha-Levi of Tarnopol and studied there under R. Joshua Babad the author of Sepher Joshua (Zholkva 1828). He was a receipient of responsa by R. Moses Sofer (Hatam Sofer) and several other noted contemporary Authors who address him with the highest respect. R. Israel Rapaport (Responsa MaHaRi ha-Kohen, Lemberg 1869) in a lenghty responsa (ibid #24) writes "my dearest friend, famed rabbi, reknown for his erudite knowledge and wisdom in Torah." A similiar language is used by R. Moses Sofer in responsa #24 of Likutei Shu't. After his separation from Kastel he accepted the rabbinical position in Sethin where he served until his passing.

The Margolioth family traditionally traces its descent from Rashi. The name derives from margalit (מרגליות), Hebrew for "pearl." The earliest identifiable member of the family was R. Jacob of Regensburg.

Paragraph 2    הרב שבתי שעפטיל מרגליות הי' רב בעיר קעסטעהל במדינת אונגארן. טרם שבא למדינת אונגארן, הי' תושב עיר טארנאפאל במדינת גאליציא, תלמוד הגאון רבי יהושע העשיל באב"ד אבד"ק טארנאפאל מחבר ספר יהושע.
   Wunder, Encylopedia le-Hahmei Galitzia, c. 948
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Hungary
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica