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Lot #    7351
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 11:54:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Azei Almuggim
Title (Hebrew)    עצי אלמוגים
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Naoh Hayyim Zvi Berlin
City    Sulzbach
Publisher    Aaron b. Meshulim Zalman
Publication Date    1779
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 254, 4 ff., 335:202 mm., wide margins, usual light age and damp staining, small wormhole final 20 ff. affecting several letters. A good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.
   Commentary on the hand-washing ritual, eruvei hazerot, and marriages forbidden by rabbinical enactment.

R. Naoh Hayyim Zvi Berlin (1734–1802), was born in Fuerth and was the son of R. Abraham Meir Berlin, the communal leader of Franconia. He became a dayyan at Fuerth in 1764 and later served as rabbi in Bayersdorf and Bayreuth. In 1783 R. Berlin was appointed rabbi of Mainz and the surrounding district. His appointment was ratified by the prince elector. He established a yeshivah at Mainz, and lived there until 1799 when he succeeded R. Raphael ha-Kohen as the rabbi of the united communities of Altona, Hamburg, and Wandsbeck. R. Berlin showed skill and tact in uniting the various elements in these communities. Wolf Heidenheim was his most outstanding pupil. R. Berlin also wrote Azei Arazim (1790), a commentary on the Shulhan Arukh, Even ha-Ezer; Ma'yan ha-Hokhmah (1804), on the 613 commandments (in verse and with a commentary). This work, unfinished by Berlin, was completed by his brother Aryeh Loeb Berlin. Two further works, Azei Besamim and Azei Levonah, remained unpublished. He wrote glosses to the tractates of Berakhot (1829), Shabbat (1832), and Shevuot. The last was published in the Vilna edition of the Talmud. There is a rational basis to his explanation of the halakhah, and he makes use of the Jerusalem Talmud.

Paragraph 2    והוא ביאור...על... דיני נטילת ידים [אורח חיים, סי' קנו-קסה] והלכות עירובי חצירות [סי' שסו-שצה] ושניות לעריות...כל המאמרים וההלכות הבאים בש"ס בבלי וירושלמי בעניינים האלו ויישוב דיעות...הפוסקים ראשונים ואחרונים... חברתיו...אני...חיים צבי המכונה הירש בן... מהור"ר אברהם מאיר ברלין נר"ו גה"ק [גבאי הקהילה] דק"ק פיורדא...בן...כמהור"ר שמואל בקוראי שמו זנוויל הלברשטאט זצ"ל שהי' דיין בק"ק ברלין...

   CD-EPI 0162195; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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