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Lot #    35041
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 12:32:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Torah Or
Title (Hebrew)    תורה אור
Author    [Habad] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Munich
Publisher    Ozer ha-Hasidim
Publication Date    1948
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [6], 248, [1] pp., 4°, 264:200 mm., wide margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Hasidic homilies to Genesis, Exodus, and Scroll of Esther by R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism. He was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about Hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the Hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a hasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.
Paragraph 2    שני שערים. נדפס בגרמניה. המלים "הוצאה רביעית" נדפסו על גבי מדבקה. עמ' 201 ואילך, עם שער מיוחד: הוספות לספר תורה אור ... הוצאה שלישית [!] ...

דפוס-צילום של ווילנא תרנ"ט, בתוספת תיקוני טעויות הדפוס, מאת ר' שלום דוב בר שניאורסון, שהועתקו על ידי ר' מנחם מנדל ב"ר לוי יצחק שניאורסון.

   CD-EPI 0303365; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica