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Lot #    34720
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:13:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Divrei Hayyim, Part I
Title (Hebrew)    דברי חיים, חלק א
Author    [Hasidic] R. Hayyim Halberstam
City    Cracow
Publisher    Josef Fischer
Publication Date    1892
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [2], 82 ff., 4°, 227:170 mm., usual age staining, stamps and old hands. A good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed and split.
          
Paragraph 1    The copy of R. Mehahem Solomon Taub (1901-1978) of Kalev with his stamp on f. 1.
          
Detailed
Description
   Part I (of 2) of Hasidic commentary to the Pentateuch, Holidays, and several responsa and novellae. R. Hayyim b. Arye Loeb Halberstam (1793–1876), founder of the Zanz hasidic dynasty was born in Tarnogrod. As a youth Hayyim was brought to R. Jacob Isaac the hozeh ("seer") of Lublin who strongly influenced him and he became a Hasid; he studied under R. Naphtali of Ropczyce and R. Zevi Hirsch of Zhidachov. R. Hayyim also studied with R. Zevi Hirsch of Rymanow, R. Shalom Rokeah of Belz, and R. Israel of Ruzhin. In 1830 he was appointed rabbi of Nowy Sacz (Zanz). R. Hayyim administered his yeshivah in the best scholarly tradition of the old-style yeshivot in Poland. He would not permit his pupils to cultivate Hasidism until a late stage. Thus both Hasidim and mitnaggedim were attracted to his yeshivah. Known as strict in matters of learning and observance, he conducted his "court" modestly and discreetly and avoided the splendor and luxury customary at the "courts" of other zaddikim in that period. R. Hayyim wrote: Divrei Hayyim (Zolkiew, 1864), on ritual purity and divorce laws; responsa Divrei Hayyim (Lemberg, 1875), and Divrei Hayyim (Munkacz, 1877), hasidic sermons on Torah and the festivals. His works reveal a profound knowledge of the Talmud and commentaries, the midrashim, and medieval philosophical literature. He quotes widely from R. Judah Halevi's Kuzari, Maimonides, Nahmanides, and R. Abraham ibn Daud. From later literature, he cites R. Isaiah Horowitz, R. Judah Loew of Prague, the prayer book of R. Jacob Emden, and his teachers in Kabbalah and Hasidism. An opponent of asceticism, R. Hayyim was an exponent of the ecstatic mode of prayer and developed the hasidic melody. In his writings he emphasized the duty of charity and criticized zaddikim who lived luxuriously.
          
Paragraph 2    חלק ראשון על התורה (חלק שני על מועדים וחידושים על ב"מ) ... ועתה יצא לאור פעם שנית על ידי הרב ... מו"ה יצחק ישעי' האלברשטאם שליט"א בנו של ... המחבר ...

בראש כל חלק "התנצלות מבן המחבר".

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0118599; EJ; M. Buber, Tales of the Hasidim, 2 (1963), pp. 208–15; H. Rabinowicz, The World of Hasidim (1970), p. 227
        
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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