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Lot #    35153
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 1:15:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hiddushei Ha'R'I'M' ve-Gur Arye
Title (Hebrew)    חידושי הרי'מ וגור אריה
Author    [Avot -Hasidim - Ms.] R. Judah Arye Loeb of Gur
City    Bilgoraj
Publisher    Nathan Nuta Kornberg
Publication Date    1912
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 62 pp., 216:138 mm., usual light age staining, stamps, inscription on fly. A very good copy loose in contemporary boards.
Paragraph 1    Presented to a bride and groom by R. Solomon Zalman Weiszberg , rabbi of Homanna (Humenne, Slovakia), with a lengthy inscription on inside cover.
   Hasidic commentary to Avot by R. Judah Arye Loeb Alter (1847–1905), Admor of Gur. The son of R. Abraham Mordecai (the eldest son of R. Isaac Meir), was orphaned as a child and brought up and educated largely by his grandfather. In 1870, after the death of R. Hanokh of Aleksandrow, the successor of R. Isaac Meir as Gur rabbi, R. Judah Aryeh Leib became the Admor of Gur. In this position he wielded a wide influence and established the leadership of Gur Hasidism in Congress Poland. A distinguished scholar, modest in behavior, R. Judah Aryeh Leib won the confidence of rabbis and communal leaders throughout Jewry. Like his grandfather he also played a role in public affairs, concerning himself with contemporary Polish Jewish problems. Through his influence Hasidism in Poland dissociated itself from Zionism. R. Judah Aryeh Leib devoted much energy promoting Torah study and attracted many of the youth. His writings are collected under the title Sefat Emet (2 vols., 1905–08), after which he is also known. The five sections on the Pentateuch include addresses on Sabbaths and festivals, distinguished by the profundity of their ideas and clarity of exposition, and reflect the marked influence of R. Judah Loew b. Bezalel (the Maharal) of Prague. The sections on the Talmud, on tractates Mo'ed and Kiddushin, evidence his wide Jewish scholarship and ability to penetrate to the intended meaning and provide a lucid exposition of the problem, in contrast to the dialectical pilpul method followed by his grandfather.
Paragraph 2    וגור אריה על התורה ומסכת אבות, (חידושים ... לשבועות), וכמה מכתבים. הנעתק מכתי"ק של ... מרן יהודה ארי' ליב זצוקלה"ה מגור ... ע"י ... אברהם יצחק [דזובאס] ...

מעבר לשער: "מכתב מרבו של המחבר ... רמ"מ (מנחם מענדיל) מקאצק ... להרב ... הרי"מ (יצחק מאיר) מגור". עמ' 2-1: הקדמה מאת המו"ל. הספר כולו של ר' יהודה אריה ליב אלטר, שבכמה פרשיות העתיק מחידושי זקנו ר' יצחק מאיר. מכתב ב נשלח לר' יהודה אריה ליב מאת ידידו ר' ברוך שפירא מסטאוויסק, שנתפרסם אח"כ כאדמו"ר מצ'יז'ובה, המודיעו את אשר ראו עיניו ושמעו אזניו בחצרו של "הרבני הקדוש" [ר' יצחק מנסכיז]. עי' על הספר וגלגול הדפסתו: אברהם יצחק דזובאס, זכרונות מנעורי ועד הנה, לונדון תש"ד, עמ' 25-26.

   CD-EPI 0110177; EJ; A. I. Alter, Me'ir Einei ha-Golah (1954); M. Schwartzman, Ha-Ma'or ha-Gadol (1966); I. Frenkel, Men of Distinction, 1 (1967), 127–34; 2 (1967), 95–102; M. A. Lipschitz, Hassidic School of Gur (Diss., Univ. of Wisconsin, 1964).
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Other:    Avot
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica