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Lot #    34911
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:44:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Derekh Emunah
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [First Ed.] R. Jacob Shaul ha-Kohen Dweck
City    Aram Zoba (Aleppo)
Publisher    Isaiah Dayyan
Publication Date    1914
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 24 pp. 133 ff. octavo 200:135 mm., wide margins, age staining. A good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    Author's dedication on inside panel.
   First edition of this important inspirational work by R. Jacob Shaul ha-Kohen Dweck Chief Rabbi and av bet din of Aram Zova (Aleppo). It is dated with the verse I have chosen the way of truth (Psalms 119:30). Derekh Emunah, whichis arranged alphabetically, is based on the lectures delivered on a regular basis between Pesah and Shavuot . It has approbations from Abraham Ashkenazi, R. Hizkiah Shabbetai, and R. Elijah Hamaovi, R. Moses Ezra Mizrahi, and R. Ezra Isaac Hamovi.

R. Jacob Shaul ha-Kohen Dweck (Duwayk, 1828-1919), a great scholar, was a student of R. Mordecai Abadi. In Derekh Emunah, R. Dweck relates that as a youth he filtered vinegar to remove bugs. After three attempts to no avail his mother suggested that he use a tarboosh (felt hat). He also tells that time waste din a class is comparable to a merchant stealing from customers and that in a class of forty students an hour last is equivalent to forty hours. R. Dweck also served as rabbi in Kills where he fought against immodest behavior, such as mixed dancing, listening to Arab love songs and women not covering their hair. As a personal example of modest living he refused an increase in salary although living in poverty. From 1901 R. Dweck served as Chief Rabbi of Aram Zova, giving up that position in 1914 so that a more forceful person could deal with the Ottoman authorities concerning draft deferments and due to the charges of a Sabbath violator. Afterwards, while walking a women sitting on her porch taunted him over the loss of the position and at theat very moment her porch collapsed killing her. R. Dweck had a difficult life; three wives died in succession and two sons died during his lifetime. A prolific author, his other works including Sheerit Yaakob and novellae.

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   BE daled 1102; Sages of Aleppo pp. 182-85.; CD-EPI 0125324
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Syria
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica