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Lot #    35233
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 1:46:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Emek Yehoshua
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Joshua Lisser ben Judah Leib Falk
City    Frankfort am Oder
Publisher    Michael Gottschalk
Publication Date    1711
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   64. [11 of 12] ff., 16, 152:90 mm., light age and use staining, nice margins, wanting final f. A good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.

Rare work - lacks in most major libraries, majority of copies were destroyed by excessive use.

   Questions and answers on the weekly Torah portion intended for the classroom by R. Joshua Lisser ben Judah Leib Falk (seventeenth century). The author, born in Poland, was a schoolmaster in Hamburg. The title page has an unusual architectural form, with a checkered floor leading up to the text, which states, As is his name, so he is Joshua and the purpose is to teach the children of Judah [through] questions and answers, new and old (cf. Song of Songs 7:14), to sharpen the students, daily, every day (var. cit.) arranged according to the order of the parashiot. . . . In the year, my speech shall distil as the dew (459 = 1699) (Deuteronomy 32:2).

R. Falks introduction follows, beginning that there is a biblical verse, And you shall teach them diligently to your children (Deuteronomy 6:7), that is, there is a mizvah from the Torah to instruct ones children but there are those who wish to fulfill it but are unable and others for other reasons cannot. Therefore, I have come forth for the salvation (cf. Habakkuk 3:13) of these children. He has arranged this small work to sharpen them and to Train the child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (cf. Proverbs 22:6) And you shall tell your son in that day (Exodus 13:8) regularly according to the order of the parashiot. Falk named the work Emek Yehoshua from the verse, Joshua went [that night] to the midst of the valley (Joshua 8:13) and as his name so too the salvation and great purpose to sharpen the students in order to, magnify the Torah, and make it glorious Isaiah 42:21).

There is an approbation from R. Abraham Issachar Ber of Berlin and below it a brief statement from the editor as to the in-edibility of some errors, followed by errata. Next is the text, in a single column. The questions, which are generally brief, are set in square letters, the responses are in rabbinic type. There are several queries to a parasha, and the responses are based on the Talmud.

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   Vin Frankfort on the Oder 132.3; CD-EPI 0313595 (no copy in JNUL)
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Other:    Education
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica