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Lot #    35232
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 1:45:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kizzur Shulhan Arukh (Abridged Shulhan Arukh)
Title (Hebrew)    קצור שלחן ערוך
Author    [Holocaust]
City    Munich
Publisher    Va'ad Hazzalah
Publication Date    1947
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 263, [1] pp., 8°, 164:112 mm., usual age staining, stamps. A good copy bound in the original printed boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    Printed for the Holocaust refugees who partook in the Daf Yomi by the Va'ad Hazzalah. The Va’ad Hazzalah, a group organized by Rabbi Eliezer Silver and the American Rabbinate to rescue survivors and provide sustenance until their resettlement. Rabbi Silver established the group when the refugee yeshiva pupils reached Vilna in 1939–40 following the Nazi invasion of Poland. During the ensuing years he applied the same body to rescuing European rabbis, scholars, and students. In 1946, Rabbi Silver visited Europe and Erez Israel as an official representative of the United States government to assist the war refugees. The page preceding title is a dedication by Director of Vaad Hatzalah in Germany.
   R. Solomon b. Joseph Ganzfried (1804–1886), rabbi and author, was born in Ungvar, Hungary, where he also died. Orphaned in his childhood, he was brought up in the house of the local rabbi Zevi Hirsch Heller, one of the outstanding scholars of his time. From 1830 to 1849 Ganzfried served as rabbi of Brezewicz and subsequently as head of the bet din of Ungvar. He was one of the chief speakers for orthodox Jewry at the Jewish congress which took place in Budapest in 1869. He also published a polemic against the Reform movement. His first published work, Keset-ha-Sofer (1835; 18712 with additions by the author), was on the laws of writing a Sefer Torah, and was highly recommended by R. Moses Sofer as a necessary textbook for scribes of Torah scrolls, tefillin, and mezuzot. Ganzfried's fame, however, rests mainly upon his Kizzur Shulhan Arukh ("Abridged Shulhan Arukh," 1864); it achieved great popularity and widespread circulation and was accepted as the main handbook for Ashkenazi Jewry. It encompassed all the laws relating to the mode of life of the ordinary Jew living outside Erez Israel (including such subjects as etiquette, hygiene, etc.), but omitting such details as were common knowledge and practice at that time (see his introduction to ch. 80) or that were not essential knowledge for the ordinary man (see especially the laws of matrimony, ch. 145). The Kizzur Shulhan Arukh is based upon the Shulhan Arukh of Joseph Caro with the glosses of Moses Isserles. It is written in simple, popular language, with a lively style, and interest is sustained by the ethical maxims with which it is interlaced. Unlike his predecessor Abraham Danzig, author of the Hayyei Adam, Ganzfried does not detail and explain the different views but usually gives his decision without the reasoning. The book had already achieved 14 editions during its author's lifetime, and since then it has gone through scores of editions, displacing all previous abridgments of the Shulhan Arukh. It also became a basic work to which many scholars added marginal notes and novellae.
Paragraph 2    עם פאת השלחן] מתנה מאת ועד ההצלה להשארית הפליטה. נדפס ע"י הועד להוצאת ספרים אצל ועד ההצלה הרב נפתלי בארוך, הרב אביעזר בורשטין ...

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   CD-EPI 0123375; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Other:    Holocaust
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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