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Lot #    7422
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 2:16:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mahadura Bathra
Title (Hebrew)    מהדורא בתרא
Author    [Reform - Only Ed.] Abraham Joseph Friedlaender
City    [Hanover]
Publication Date    1835
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [7] ff., 167:104 mm., light age staining. A good copy bound in later boards.
   Amendment to Shoresh Yosef, on abolishing the second day of the festivals (in Hebrew and German; Hanover and Brilon, 1834), and a correspondence with Aaron Chorin on questions of Reform (Hanover, 1835).

Abraham Joseph Friedlaender German rabbi; born at Kolin, Bohemia, 1753; died at Brilon, Westphalia, Nov. 26, 1852. He was the nephew of David Friedländer, from whom he imbibed a great enthusiasm for progressive Judaism. After attending the Talmud school of Ezekiel Landau at Prague, he went to Presburg. In 1784 he became chief rabbi of Westphalia and the principality of Wittgenstein, retaining this office until his death.

Friedländer was one of the first German rabbis to advocate through speech and pen the reform of Judaism. He abolished in his district the second day of the festivals; openly and decisively opposed many obsolete Jewish mourning customs; and declared, in his responsum on "Die Verträglichkeit der Freien Forschung mit dem Rabbineramte," that the dicta of the Mishnah and the Talmud are not binding for all time.

Paragraph 2    דף [5, ב-6]: תשובה אל המחבר בענייני אבילות, מאת אהרן חארין
   JE; CD-EPI 0159283
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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