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Divrei Hayyim, Part I
דברי חיים, חלק א
[Hasidic] R. Hayyim Halberstam
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
, 82 ff., 4°, 227:170 mm., usual age staining, stamps and old hands. A good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed and split.
The copy of R. Mehahem Solomon Taub (1901-1978) of Kalev with his stamp on f. 1.
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.
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".
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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