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Lot #    34766
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:36:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Amarot Tehorot
Title (Hebrew)    אמרות טהורות
Author    [Hasidic] R. Baruch ben Jehiel of Medzibezh
City    Lvov
Publisher    Isaac Tsinger
Publication Date    1891
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [16] ff. octavo 158:107 mm., light age staining, not bound.
   Collected allusion`s in the manner of Hassidut on selected parshiot in the Torah by . Baruch ben Jehiel of Medzibezh. The title page describes it as precious words heard from the holy and blessed mouth while he was with us in our holy portion. Sayings to the most high, high above all heights, he is the admor, the great, the holy, the well known Baruch of Medzibezh. The text is on various parshiot and concludes with iggeret from the rav of Shpitoka.

R. Baruch ben Jehiel of Medzibezh (1757–1810) was a ḥasidic ẓaddik; grandson of R. Israel b. Eliezer the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of modern Ḥasidism . R. Baruch, who studied under Phinehas Shapira of Korets, officiated from 1780 as rabbi in Tulchin, but encountered opposition and returned to Medzibezh in 1788. He attributed great importance to his descent and regarded himself as the heir to the Ba'al Shem Tov's leadership. He held that the ẓaddik could save and lead the whole world; the duty of the common man was only "to destroy the evil impulses and abandon his desires." Regarding himself as the leader of Ḥasidism by hereditary right, he held "court" in Medzibezh in a highly autocratic and luxurious fashion, though preaching asceticism to others. He kept a "court jester," Hershele Ostropoler. His behavior aroused opposition from other ḥasidic leaders. In 1808 he met R. Shneur Zalman of Lyady in an effort to settle their differences. R. Baruch attached mystical importance to the custom practiced by Ḥasidim of giving presents to the rabbis (pidyonot). He encouraged Ḥasidim to immigrate to Ereẓ Israel. He took part in the assembly of ḥasidic rabbis at Berdichev (1802–03) that discussed the government's prohibition of Jewish settlement in the villages among other matters. His writings include Amarot Tehorot (1865; first published in his brother's R. Moses Ḥayyim Ephraim’s Degel Maḥaneh Ephraim, Zhitomir, 1850) and Buẓina di-Nehora (1880).

Paragraph 2    ... ועתה נתוסף מחדש כמה מאמרים אשר לא באו עד הנה בדפוס וגם הוספנו האגרת ששלח הרב (יעקב שמשון) משפיטיווקע להרב ... הנ"ל. הובא לבית הדפוס ע"י ... מוה' יצחק צינגער ...
   BE alef 2031; EJ; CD-EPI 0112216
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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