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Lot #    34723
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:14:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh
Title (Hebrew)    שאגת ארי'
Author    [First Ed.] R. Aryeh Leib Gunzberg
City    Frankfort on the Oder
Publisher    Dr. Grilla
Publication Date    1756
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1], 93 ff., 327:180 mm., light age and damp staining, margins trimmed, title backed in margins affecting several words on verso. A good copy bound in later boards, rubbed and split.
Paragraph 1    Includes the final 4 ff. 89-93, lacking in the majority of copies.
   Responsa by R. Aryeh Leib b. Asher Gunzberg (1695–1785), was born in Lithuania. R. Aryeh became assistant to his father on his appointment about 1720 as rabbi of the upper district in Minsk, comprising at the time 40 small communities. In 1733 he founded a yeshivah, which soon attracted students from Belorussia and Lithuania. Differences over methods of instruction between R. Aryeh Leib and R. Jehiel Heilprin, author of Seder ha-Dorot and head of another yeshivah in Minsk, led to much friction between both the teachers and students, R. Heilprin being opposed to the pilpulistic method used by R. Aryeh Leib to stimulate the minds of his students. In the introduction to his famous volume of responsa, Sha'agat Aryeh, however, R. Aryeh Leib himself is critical of the role of pilpul in establishing the "truth of the Torah." Finally compelled in 1742 to leave Minsk, he settled in one of the nearby towns where he continued to help his aged father. In 1750 he was appointed rabbi in Volozhin, where among some of his notable disciples were R. Hayyim Volozhiner and his brother R. Simhah. Here he prepared his halakhic work, Sha'agat Aryeh (Frankfort on the Oder, 1755). He lived in poverty, became involved in disputes with the community leaders, and at the age of 69 wandered from city to city. He reached Germany and eventually accepted the position of av bet din in Metz (1765), becoming also head of a large yeshivah there. It is related, that the Metz community was afraid to hire R. Aryeh Leib as he was over 70 years of age, he assured them he would be there at least until his Bar-Mitzvah, age 83. He remained in Metz until his death at age 90. Besides his Sha'agat Aryeh, R. Aryeh Leib published in his lifetime Turei Even, novellae on the tractates Rosh Ha-Shanah, Hagigah, and Megillah (Metz, 1781). His posthumously published works are: She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh ha-Hadashot (1874); Gevurot Ari, novellae on Ta'anit (1862); and Gevurot Ari, on Yoma and Makkot (1907).
Paragraph 2    והוא חלק א' מחלקי התשוב' שחברתי אני הקטן ארי' המכונה ליב באמ"ו ... מהור"ר אשר זלה"ה ממדינת ליטא ונקרא בפי כל רבי ליב ראש ישיבה ...

שאלות ותשובות בהלכות השייכות לשולחן ערוך אורח חיים. דף פט, ב: "תיקון שגיאת דפוס" (שלוש שורות). ברוב הטפסים שראינו (לא בכולם) נדפסה כאן גם רשימת שמותיהם של פועלי הדפוס (6 שמות). ההדפסה נשלמה בדף פט, אך אחר כך הוסיפו את הדפים צ-צג (סימנים קד-קח ו"לוח הטעות" שבעמוד האחרון). ארבעת הדפים הללו חסרים בטפסים רבים. ראינו טופס בו נוספו בעמוד שמעבר לשער, למטה, דברי תודה של המחבר לר' יהודא ליב מפרנקפורט דאודר (3 שורות).

הסכמות: ר' דוד ב"ר נפתלי הירש [פרענקיל], ברלין, כא אדר תקט"ז; ר' גרשון [אשכנזי], פראנקפורט דאדר, ב אדר ב תקט"ז.

   CD-EPI 0116993; EJ; B. Z. Eisenstadt, Rabbanei Minsk ve-Hakhameha (1898), 15ff.; D. Maggid, Sefer Toledot Mishpehot Ginzburg (1899), 35–52; S. J. Fuenn, Kiryah Ne'emanah (1915), 163.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica