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Lot #    35368
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 2:34:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shulhan Arukh haRav
Title (Hebrew)    שלחן ערוך הרב
Author    [Habad] R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    Abraham Shalom Shadatov
Publication Date    1869
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Four volumes. Volumes 1-2, 4 complete, vol. 3 wanting titles and approximatly 25 pp., 8°, 205:128 mm., nice margins, usual light age staining. A good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.
   The Shulhan Arukh of 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. הראשון מקוצר. נדפס דף-על-דף ושורה-על-שורה על-פי זיטאמיר תרכ"ב (פרט לשאלות ותשובות). שלא ראינו ממנה אלא ב' וד' בלבד.

חלק א: דפוס אברהם שלום שאדאוו. [14], 250-9, 322-259, 335-321 עמ'. ( ספריית יוחנן גורארי); חלק ב: דפוס יצחק משה באקשט. [5], 478 עמ'. חלק ג: דפוס אברהם שלום שאדאוו. [6], 266, 268-253, 316-285, 545-321 [צ"ל: 454] עמ'. (ספריית יהושע מונדשיין) חלק ד: דפוס אברהם שלום שאדאוו. [4], 403 עמ'.

   Mundschein, Sifrei haHalacha shel Admor haZakan pp. 114-115, # 19; EJ; CD-EPI 0181059
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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