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Lot #    34913
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:45:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Beit Avraham
Title (Hebrew)    בית אברהם
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Abraham ben Raphael Landau
City    Warsaw
Publisher    Schriftgisser
Publication Date    1899
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 194 pp. quarto 290:185 mm., extra wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, recent spine.
   Only edition of these novellae on the Talmud and on Shulhan Aruch Hoshen Mishpat by R. Abraham ben Raphael Landau. Both the Hebrew Bibliographic Project and the Bet Eked Sefarim describe Beit Avraham as having 190 pp. but this edition has 194 pp., the additional pages being two responsa by the author. The title page describes Beit Avraham has halakhic novellae with sharpness and expertise, correct analysis with many shotot and sugyot ha-shass and hilkhot ha-Rambam and other poskim.

R. Abraham ben Raphael Landau of Czechanower (Ciechanow, Tsekhanov, 1789–1875), rabbi, author, and hasidic zaddik of Poland; talmudic scholar and ascetic. His family name was originally Dobrzinsky but when he married the daughter of Dan Landau, the parnas of Polock (Polotsk), who supported him for many years, he changed it to Landau. Abraham's mentor in Ḥasidism was R. Fishel of Strykow. He was an admirer of R. Simḥah Bunim of Przysucha whom he twice visited. In 1819 R. Abraham was appointed rabbi of Ciechanow, where he officiated until his death. Although invited to serve as rabbi in Lodz, Lublin, and Polock he refused to leave the smaller community. From 1866 he was acknowledged as a ẓaddik by the Hasidim in Ciechanow, but continued to follow the Ashkenazi rite contrary to usual ḥasidic practice. He never followed the custom of receiving "petitions" or money from his followers. R. Abraham frequently took part in consultations over public matters of Jewish interest. In general adopting a stand of extreme conservatism, he strongly opposed the order of the Russian authorities that Jews should modify their dress. His published works include Ahavat Ḥesed (1897) on the orders Nashim and Tohorot; Zekhuta de-Avraham (1865), sermons; and Beit Avraham (1899) on halakhic questions. Almost all his sons were zaddikim. The eldest and most prominent was R. Ze'ev Wolf of Strykow (1807–1891), regarded as the "wisest" of the pupils of Menahem Mendel of Kotsk (Kock), author of Zer Zahav (1900), on the Torah. He wrote poetry and had an elegant Hebrew style. Other sons of Abraham were R. Jacob of Jasow (1834–1894); and R. Dov Berish of Biala (1820–1876). Abraham's grandsons were also zaddikim.

Paragraph 2    חידושי הלכות... בכמה שיטות וסוגיות הש"ס ובהלכות הרמב"ם ושארי פוסקים. אשר השאיר אחריו... רבינו אברהם זצוק"ל מטשעכאנאווי... הובא לביהד"פ ע"י נכדי... המחבר... האחים הר"ר וואלף נ"י והר"ר דן נ"י והר"ר פנחס זעליג נ"י בני... ר' רפאל... ושותפם הר"ר פנחס שמואל זנוויל הכהן נ"י בהרה"ג מוהר"א [ר' אברהם] הכהן זצ"ל דומ"ץ דק"ק ווארשא נכד... הרר"י [ר' יעקב לארבערבוים] אבד"ק ליסא...

שני שערים. ראינו טופס ששני הדפים הראשונים נדפסו בשינויים טיפוגראפיים. ראינו טופס (באוסף מ"ל ווייזר, לונדון) שנוספו בסופו עמ' 194-191: אגרת מאת ר' אלעזר הכהן מפולטוסק ותשובת המחבר, בדבר הלכה.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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